For the second time in four seasons, members of the Portland Trail Blazers will be featured on an episode of the hit IFC Comedy “Portlandia” starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen. Last time, it was LaMarcus Aldridge playing Penny Marshall’s love interest at a feminist bookstore. This time, it’s Aldridge along with Damian Lillard, Robin Lopez, Thomas Robinson, C.J. McCollum, Paul Allen and the BlazerDancers getting some help from feminist bookstore owners Toni and Candace. From the IFC Portlandia blog …
You may know this already, but despite the gendered implications and patriarchal leanings of the saying, Toni and Candace are total ballers.
On this week’s episode of Portlandia, though, they are stepping out of the feminist bookstore and heading to the NBA to show the Portland Trailblazers’ dance team a thing or two. Plus, Joaquin makes a smoothie, Kickstarter videos compete at the Cant’s Film Festival and Malcolm and Kris make their own clothing. This week’s guest stars include filmmaker Gus Van Sant, Paul Allen and The Portland Trail Blazers.
The episode airs this Thursday at 10 PM on IFC. I got to observe much of the shoot way back in October at the practice facility and have seen a clip of the finished product and can say that, even if you’re not a fan of the show or even a casual watcher, you’ll want to tune in as a Trail Blazer fan. It’ll be worth your time. I’ll also have some behind-the-scenes photo and video of the shoot, so be on the lookout for that even if you’re not a diehard fan of the show. In the meantime, here’s a picture of Brownstein, a Blazers fan, shooting free throws at the practice facility.
And to celebrate the upcoming airing of the episode, the Trail Blazers and the folks at “Portlandia” are going to do a little social media sharing to get everyone excited. On Wednesday, “Portlandia” will be taking over the Trail Blazers’ Twitter account during the
first half of the game against the Sacramento Kings at the Moda Center. And when the episode airs on IFC Thursday, the Trail Blazers will take over the “Portlandia” Twitter account during the episode. Hijinks to ensue, I’m sure.