TV Picks: Portlandia – Matt Groening v. Spyke! Matt Groening takes Spyke to court for ripping off Bart Simpson. Season 5 Episode 6 – See the full Portlandia episode tonight – Thursday, February 12 at 10:00PM ET/PT on IFC.
Portlandia’s resident angry bike messenger Spyke (Fred Armisen) is more outraged than ever! The Simpson’s creator Matt Groening is suing Spyke for copyright infringement for his bootleg “Bart Ska-mpson” t-shirts, but he is ready to prove his innocence.
EW got a chance to speak with Groening about his hometown experience with Armisen and Co.:
On his love for the show: Groening tells EW: “I basically dreamed Portlandia, without there being a TV show, as a homegrown Portland boy. The rain and the ferns and the greenery are definitely under my skin, and as somebody who grew up in Portland, the rest of the world feels like a desert. So I love it. I dream about Portland and my boyhood was pretty idyllic. And then this TV show came along and it’s fantastic, because in addition to Portland being this great paradise for the young and the hip, it’s got a little bit of an underdog feeling. It’s always lived in the shadow of Seattle. Forget California. But there definitely is a competition with Seattle, so it is very nice to see Portlandia on the map.”
In addition to Matt Groening, guest stars on the upcoming episode include Ed Begley Jr., Kumail Nanjiani, Parker Posey and Sesame Street’s Oscar the Grouch.