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In the HBO comedy "Eastbound and Down," Danny McBride stars as Kenny Powers, a deluded, washed-up former professional baseball player who has returned to his hometown of Shelby, North Carolina. Powers's brother Dustin (John Hawkes) and family have been kind enough to take Kenny in, and he gets a job as a physical education teacher at the local high school. His ex-girlfriend April (Katy Mixon) is an art teacher at the school, and her fiancé Terrence (Andrew Daly) is the school's principal. Powers is arrogant, obnoxious and completely blind to the part he's played in the destruction of his life and career. He's determined to get it all back.

The show's first season focuses on Kenny's efforts to revive his career and win April again, aided by loser Stevie (Steve Little), whom Kenny hires as his assistant. Season two finds Kenny and Stevie down in Mexico, where Kenny joins a Mexican baseball team and falls in love, all with disastrous results. In the third and final season of the show, Kenny returns to the United States to play in the minor leagues and learns that he is a father.

Eastbound and Down is crude, darkly funny and borders on offensive for some viewers, with a number of its comic setups and punch lines revolving around sex or drugs. A true ensemble production, it was created by McBride, writer/director Jody Hill (Observe and Report) and writer Ben Best. McBride, Hill and Best also write the show along with Shawn D. Harwell, and Hill directs with David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express). Most of them are from the South, as are some of the actors, and their depictions of and insights into small-town Southern life are hilariously accurate. Guests with terrific comic pedigree appear on the show as well, including Will Farrell (also an executive producer), Matthew McConaughey and Lily Tomlin.

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Sunday 10:00 PM et/pt on HBO
4 Seasons, 32 Episodes - Currently Airing
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Eastbound and Down Full Episode Guide

  • Danny McBride and the stars of 'Eastbound & Down' provide the scoop on where Kenny Powers is heading in Season 4.

  • See just how outrageous Kenny Powers can be in this look back at the hilarious events of Season 3 of 'Eastbound & Down.'

  • Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) rises again in this tease for the fourth and final season of 'Eastbound & Down.'

  • Kenny is forced to return a favor. Stevie offers revisions to Kenny's life story. April weighs her options.

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'Eastbound and Down' Creators Get New Show on HBO

Danny McBride...you're f**kin' in! The creators of "Eastbound and Down" got good news today, as HBO has ordered a new series from Danny McBride and Jody Hill. The show, titled "Vice Principals," will center on a high school and the almost-bosses of the whole place, the vice principals. While "Eastbound," which starred McBride as disgraced baseball pitcher Kenny Powers, never posted big numbers in terms of ratings, the show had enough of a cult following to keep it on the air.

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'Eastbound and Down': Watch the Season 3 Trailer

Kenny Powers is f***ing back! The new season of "Eastbound and Down" starts in just a few weeks, so today HBO released the full trailer for season 3, following up the teaser that came out a month or two ago. The desperate debauchery that we've come to expect from Kenny seems to still be in full force, which is good to see. We have Kenny cruising around town in various over-the-top vehicles, boogieboarding on his confederate marijuana board (odd combination, but somehow makes sense for him), some good times with April, and what looks to be some tension with Stevie Janowski.

Kenny *Bleeping* Powers Returns: 'Eastbound & Down' Season 3 Gets 2012 Premiere Date

Have you been missing the wit and wisdom of Kenny Powers? Well you won't have long to wait to delve back into his autobiography in progress. The hilariously raunchy HBO sitcom "Eastbound and Down" returns for a third season on Sunday, February 19th at 10 p.m. This season will feature some new faces as well as some returning favorites as Kenny adjusts to his life in the minor leagues. "Saturday Night Live" star Jason Sudeikis joins the cast as Kenny's new teammate on the Myrtle Beach Mermen.

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Winter is coming... and yet, "Game of Thrones" won't be back until Spring. Yes, last year's big midseason series premiere for HBO is an April show, so you'll once again have to wait until April before you find out what will happen next in Westeros. But in the meantime, HBO has three new shows for you, plus a number of returning favorites, including "Eastbound and Down." Not only that, but a big star of the silver screen is heading to the small screen in one of those new HBO offerings.

'Eastbound and Down' Teaser Trailer: Who's Ready to Party With Kenny Powers?

When he's not been off acting as MFCEO of K-Swiss, Kenny Powers has apparently carved some time out of his busy schedule to work on a teaser trailer for season 3 of "Eastbound and Down," out in 2012. It's a brief one, but it tells you about all you need to know - mainly that Kenny's taking his thunder and lightning to the rockin', hard-partyin' beach town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Kenny Powers making his way back up through the minors with a way-stop in a straight-up Spring Break mecca? Genius.

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Somebody over at K Swiss is going to either get fired, or get a really big-ass raise. The sneaker company recently released an awesomely hilarious five-minute video commercial that plays out like a short new episode of "Eastbound and Down," with foul-mouthed fictional spokesperson Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) becoming MFCEO (it means what you think it does) of the company. I'm not sure what I like more - just how hilarious and kick-ass this commercial is, or the simple fact that someone has the cojones enough to put the thing out.

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Powering Down Kenny Powers: 'Eastbound' Down After Third Season

Is "Eastbound and Down" the best show, or what? Possibly the most offensive thing on television, it manages to give us a totally irredeemable protagonist who we sort of manage to care about, bring the laughs every week, and do it all with a weird sort of existensionalist bend. The ending of the second season's third episode, which has Kenny Powers and his new girlfriend on a roller coaster, was one of the most surreal moments of television I'd seen since "The Sopranos" went off the air, and the second season finale was oddly brave in its determination to provide nothing in the way of a conclusion or a traditional cliffhanger.

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