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Friday TV Picks: Season premiere of 'Portlandia' on IFC
TV picks for Friday, Jan. 4, 2012, include the season premiere of "Portlandia" on IFC, Paul Simon on "Great Performances" on KCTS and "Shark Tank" on ABC.
After a wonderful preview episode last month, the quirky comedy starring Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen is back for a third season with funny back-to-back new episodes. There's a guy who proclaims that he's "never owned a TV" discovering the current state of MTV; great musical numbers ("Change the world, one party at a time"); commercials for "natural" deodorant; and Portland "missionaries" sent to Seattle on a quest. 7 and 10 p.m. Friday on IFC (seattletimes.com/tvlistings).
Doug Knoop, Seattle Times staff
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Also on Friday
"Great Performances," 8 p.m. (KCTS): Paul Simon reunites with his original band to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his album "Graceland."
"Tangled" (2010), 8 p.m. (Disney): Crowned with 70 feet of magical golden hair, Rapunzel strikes a deal with a charming thief to spring her from her prison tower. Animated. Based on a fairy tale by the Brothers Grimm.
"Shark Tank," 9 p.m. (ABC): Mark and Lori offer an entrepreneur $1 million; enclosed tabletop food screen; a beer and arcade game cabinet; peel-off face paint transfer; hair care products for children; update on Squirrel Nut Butter.
"Dateline NBC," 9 p.m. (NBC): A teen's murder shakes a Nevada community, especially when two unlikely people make confessions.
"Merlin," 10 p.m. (Syfy): Men are disappearing from the frozen north of Camelot and King Arthur's search party leads them into greater danger.
"Blue Bloods," 10:02 p.m. (CBS): When two different people driving gas-guzzling vehicles are killed by a sniper, the city thinks a radical environmental serial killer is responsible; Danny's son is severely injured in a bicycle accident.
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