October 29th, 2010
10:15 AM ET
Kenny Powers may not be headed back to Major League Baseball any time soon, but television’s favorite foul-mouthed, mullet-rocking bad boy will be on HBO’s roster for another year.
In an announcement from HBO that comes over a month after the network gave its new series, “Boardwalk Empire,” a second season, both “Eastbound and Down” and “Bored to Death” were picked up for their third seasons, according to Variety.
Starring Danny McBride, who also co-produces the series along with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, “Eastbound and Down” follows the hilarious and often delusional life and times of Kenny Powers, a former pitching star who some have called cable television’s fictional version of John Rocker. With linear plays, DVR viewings and on-demand requests, “Eastbound and Down” nets about 4.9 million viewers a week.
Falling in the half-hour time slot before “Eastbound,” HBO's comedy “Bored to Death” has also enjoyed a cult-like following. Featuring Jason Schwartzman as a writer-turned-detective, the show pulls in about 3.1 millions viewers a week.
But it seems that another HBO series has stumbled upon the beginning of the end. The fifth season of "Big Love," which starts January 16, will be the show's last, according to the Los Angeles Times. The paper reports that series creators Mark Olsen and Will Scheffer feel the program has arrived at a natural conclusion.
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