Season Seven of "Portlandia" has an Expansive List of Guest Stars

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03 January 2017
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“Portlandia”
Season Premiere Thursday, January 5 at 10 PM ET/PT on IFC
 
       “Portlandia” explores the eccentric misfits who embody the foibles of modern culture. The new season will consist of 10 half-hour episodes and marks the television directorial debut of both Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein.
 
          This season, the series returns to its sketch-driven roots as characters find themselves in all-too-relatable situations: Fred and Carrie attempt to become storytelling experts to impress friends at a dinner party; the Goth couple discover the wonders of Bed Bath and Beyond; Toni and Candace retire from the feminist bookstore and contemplate what’s next for their lives; Carrie dates a hunk; Fred tries to start his own Portland-based cell phone company; and much more.
 

          New guest stars coming to Portlandia in Season 7 include (in alphabetical order) Maria Bamford (Lady Dynamite, Adventure Time), Rachel Dratch (Saturday Night Live, Inside Amy Schumer), Ana Fabrega (Boy Band, The Special Without Brett Davis), John Early (Search Party, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), Judy  Greer (Archer, Married), Portland’s Mayor Charlie Hales, Ryan Hansen (2 Broke Girls, Central Intelligence), Tim Heidecker (Tim and Eric's Bedtime Stories, Decker) Abbi Jacobson (Broad City, Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising), pro-basketball player Damian Lillard, Laurie Metcalf (Getting On, The McCarthys), Megan Neuringer (Kroll Show, Comedy Bang! Bang!), musicians El-P and Killer Mike of Run the Jewels, musicians Kate Pierson, Fred Schneider, and Cindy Wilson of The B-52’s, Linda Ramone, Sam Richardson (Veep, The Office), Andy Richter (Conan), model Cameron Russell, and Jessica St. Clair (Review, Enough Said).

         Returning guest stars include Vanessa Bayer (Saturday Night Live, Trainwreck), Steve Buscemi (Boardwalk Empire, Horace and Pete), Mitchell Hurwitz (Arrested Development, Lady Dynamite), John Levenstein (Kroll Show, Silicon Valley), Natasha Lyonne (Orange Is the New Black, Hello, My Name is Doris), Portlandia’s Mayor Kyle MacLachlan (Twin Peaks, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D), and Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates).

SEASON PREMIERE
“The Storytellers”
Airs Thursday, January 5 at 10PM
Fred and Carrie consult with a storytelling expert. Nigel and Amy pitch an album release. A traveler checks into an unconventional hotel. A pediatrician invents a children’s toy. The weirdos discover the joys of Bed, Bath and Beyond.
 
“Carrie Dates a Hunk”
Airs Thursday, January 12 at 10PM
Fred doesn’t dig Carrie’s hunky new beau. A new couple goes to therapy. Drew and Andy question, “What about men?” Melanie and Lars make the important choice to buy a rug.
 
“Fred's Cell Phone Company”
Airs Thursday, January 19 at 10PM
Fred’s new business may be more trouble than it is worth. Kate and Sam learn the perils of long distance love. Drew and Andy plan a funeral. Nina gives Lance a massage chair that changes everything.
 
“Separation Anxiety”
Airs Thursday, January 26 at 10PM
Toni and Candace retire, but there is still some unfinished business between them. Drew and Andy re-imagine gingerbread cookies. Peter and Nance try a new protein diet. The rats consider the charms of squirrels.
 
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