Watch: Go behind the scenes of new Portlandia season

Season 7 airs in January

Fred Armison chats with Kohr Harlan on the set of Portlandia. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Season 7 of Portlandia is in the final stages of production as crews get it ready to air in January.

KOIN 6 News’ Kohr Harlan got the chance to visit one of the show’s sets last week and speak with co-creator Fred Armisen.

Armisen recalled some of the earliest observations about life in Portland that became the basis for the show.

“A real dedication to just like being socially conscious. A real dedication like signs, the bicycle situation, it’s really unlike any other place,” he said.

With that said, season 7 of the show features topics that have now become less Portland specific and more broad in nature. Armisen said protests, parking problems, hyper development and gentrification are happening in Portland but also many other major American cities.

“Certainly in Los Angeles there’s a lot of development in surprising neighborhoods, and I do think something the writers of Portlandia embrace is like we’re telling the story of Portland, but we’re also telling the story of Chicago. We’re also telling the story of Los Angeles,” Armisen said.

The first episode of season 7 airs on January 5th on the IFC cable network.