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IFC president Jennifer Caserta announced Saturday that the comedy starring Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein has been renewed for an eighth and final season in 2018. Season seven returned this month.
“There’s still a lot to say with the show, but it seems scary to say it’s over,” creator/executive producer/writer/director Jonathan Krisel told reporters Saturday at the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour, though he seemed to suggest that it might not be a final goodbye. “These things never are finite,” he added. “We’ll work together again. There’s other outlets. We’ll just stop doing it in this form.”
For his part, Armisen compared the end of the series to leaving NBC’s Saturday Night Live. “It was a goodbye of sorts, but I’m back there all the time anyway,” he told press. “It just really seemed like a way to having a beginning, a middle and an ending, but I think nothing really ends anyway.”
Added Brownstein of the upcoming end of the road for the show: “The creation of art, sometimes it’s nice to put parameters around it; it helps with keeping it pointed.”
Portlandia‘s last renewal — a two-season pickup — came in February 2015. The series hails from Lorne Michaels’ Broadway Video banner.
“There are very few shows that can be credited with both establishing and helping to define a television network, and that’s exactly what Portlandia has done for IFC,” Caserta said in a statement. “It has been at the heart of our ‘slightly-off’ comedy programming strategy since its inception. It is a joy and a privilege to work with Fred, Carrie, Jon, Lorne and everyone at Broadway Video to create a show that was prescient in its satirization of modern culture while having a sensibility and state-of-mind that has only become more prevalent across its run. Only this team of multi-hyphenates could have predicted the increasingly relevant impact that farm to table dining, binge-watching, a TSA red carpet or the pitiful plight of men would have on society. But all good things must come to an end, and we very much look forward to Season 8 or as Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman might say…put a bird on it!”
The decision to end Portlandia in 2018 comes as little surprise, given that Armisen and Brownstein for the past year and a half have made no secret of their plans to wrap the show.
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