3 Shows to Watch This Weekend

Friday, January 6, 2012

OK...  leave the TV reruns behind and watch these 3 shows this weekend, all three starting new seasons. Tonight, the quiet comic genius of Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen and their comedy sketch show Portlandia, premieres its second season on IFC. The show revolves around a series of characters played by Carrie & Fred (with additional guest appearances of actors & musicians) in short vignettes, and shot in Portland, OR.

Then on Sunday night, representing opposite sides of British propriety, the second season return of Downton Abbey on PBS and new episodes of Absolutely Fabulous on BBC America. Downton Abbey tells the tale of the aristocratic Crawley family, set just beyond the turn of the century following the sinking of the Titanic and into the Great War. The show is full of stellar acting and superb writing. Absolutely Fabulous, otherwise known as Ab Fab, began in 1992, and created by Jennifer Saunders. Saunders along with Joanna Lumley, play BFFs Edina & Patsy, and are the irreverent dynamic duo of everything fabulous. These new episodes were created to celebrate Ab Fab's 20th anniversary.

Watch the attached videos below for more on each show....

Carrie Brownstein & Fred Armisen discuss Portlandia (above) and watch a sketch from their second season (below)

Watch Downton Abbey Season 2 Preview on PBS. See more from Masterpiece.

Preview for Downton Abbey (above) and Absolutely Fabulous (below)

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