Portlandia premiered its third season last Friday on IFC and fans of the show were not let down. The show has been on long enough now to develop Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein‘s major characters, including the Women and Women First bookstore pair that predate the show, as they were part of the initial Thunderant web series. Bookstore employees Candace and Toni are the stoic feminists that judge their customers, their journaling group and any unsuspecting person who wanders into their store. Sometimes they even seduce Heather Graham. But on this week’s episode, Candace and Toni will take on a bad Yelp review written by none other than Martina Navratilova.
One of the great things about Portlandia is their ability to book guest stars that are able to show they have a sense of humor about themselves. In Season 1, Aimee Mann and Sarah McLachlan poked fun at their music careers, and joining Martina this season will be Chloe Sevigny who admitted during the TCA panel for the show this week she thought she wouldn’t be right for the show because she hadn’t done much improv prior to finally giving in and shooting some episodes of the show.
Also this season it really feels like Carrie Brownstein is at her best, playing more characters and donning more wigs than ever and matching the more experienced Fred Armisen. The musician-turned-TV star talked with us about working with Martina and when we can expect a new Wild Flag album.
AfterEllen.com: How did you guys get Martina on the show?
AE: Was she up for anything?
AE: You brought back a lot of local Portland actors this season — what guest stars will be reappearing?
AE: I have to ask, when will we get another Wild Flag album?
AE: Your bandmates are all fans of Portlandia?
AE: Why wasn’t [musician] Annie [Clark] (aka musician and Season 2 guest star St. Vincent) back on the show this year?
During the show’s panel at TCA, Carrie said her favorite characters this season are the recurring Peter and Nance, who we first met in Season 1 while visiting a chicken farm where their dinner came from. This season, they open up a bed and breakfast and will likely get into some awkward situations with patrons.
“Peter and Nance are a very unctuous and cloying couple. They formed such an imperfect boundary with one another, and so it’s very easy to create tension with them because anytime that they’re put in conflict or have anything that might separate them, there’s so much strife, so it’s really fun to play with this dynamic of just intense closeness that can so easily just be thwarted,” Carrie said. “And I’m just, in real life, just a lot need a lot more distance, so it’s good practice in close proximity to play Nance and Peter. I like it a lot.”
Portlandia airs Friday nights on IFC.