'Eastbound & Down': ‘APOCALYPTO!’
February 27th, 2012
02:31 PM ET

'Eastbound & Down': ‘APOCALYPTO!’

After last week’s premiere, I was hit with the same question by my fellow viewers: “Where is Stevie?”

If the previews were any indication, our beloved sidekick was set to return sooner than later, and much to our delight he came back this week. Oh, and he brought Will Ferrell back with him.

But before we get to the hilarity of the “Apocalypto”-themed cannon ball runs at Ashley Schaeffer’s (Ferrell) house, there’s that whole baby thing.

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'Eastbound & Down': KP is back with a vengeance
February 20th, 2012
05:02 PM ET

'Eastbound & Down': KP is back with a vengeance

One minute after wrapping up Sunday's season premiere of "Eastbound & Down," I got a text from a friend with his one-sentence review: "The new 'Eastbound and Down' is epic."

Keep in mind this friend is a devout follower of the Church of Kenny Powers, and even dressed as him for Halloween before it was cool. Ordinarily, I'd take his words to heart, but I can't say I'd use those exact terms to describe the first episode in the series' last hurrah.

But I will say it was darn (this is a family blog, after all) good from start to finish.

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Sudeikis steps up for 'Eastbound & Down' - who should join him?
July 11th, 2011
11:08 AM ET

Sudeikis steps up for 'Eastbound & Down' - who should join him?

Kenny Powers isn’t the best at keeping friends, but he’ll find a new one in Jason Sudeikis.

The "Saturday Night Live" cast member and star of “Horrible Bosses" is set to play a recurring role on "Eastbound & Down’s" third season, Variety reports. Sudeikis will play Shane, a friend of ex-Major League Baseball player Powers (played by Danny McBride). According to TV Guide, early casting reports peg Shane as a “gullible and enthusiastic baseball player.”

Somehow we don’t think this will go over well with Powers' most loyal friend, Stevie Jankowski (Steve Little), but we’ll just have to see how it all plays out.

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Looking toward the future on 'Eastbound & Down'
November 8th, 2010
03:45 PM ET

Looking toward the future on 'Eastbound & Down'

To borrow a line from William Shakespeare, all's well that ends well - unless your name is Kenny Powers.

We last left KP and Stevie tying up a few loose ends in Mexico before they headed back home to Shelby, North Carolina. In a nutshell, Stevie got married, KP was offered another shot at the Majors League and he seemed primed for a reunion with the love of his life, April.

For those of you thinking KP would end season two reuniting with the girl of his dreams and setting the world of professional baseball on fire, Chapter 13 hit us with the old reminder that what plays out in the mind of our protagonist is usually a far cry from his actual reality.

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Redemption and revenge on 'Eastbound & Down'
November 1st, 2010
05:50 PM ET

Redemption and revenge on 'Eastbound & Down'

As we approach the end of season 2, Kenny Powers has two things in mind – redemption and revenge. Thankfully, for KP, last night’s show offered up a bit of both.

Things kicked off in Tampa, Florida, where we’re reintroduced to Pat, the faux baseball executive who threw KP’s life for a loop at the end of last season. After Pat’s coming clean with his rehab sponsor, we quickly get the idea that the theme of Chapter 12 revolves around making amends with the past.

Back in Mexico, KP told Stevie it's time pack up their bags and head back to the states. KP even agreed to let Stevie have one last hurrah with Maria, going as far as to offer some advice on where the latter should focus his, um, sexual attention this time around.

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HBO renews 'Eastbound' as 'Big Love' ends
October 29th, 2010
10:15 AM ET

HBO renews 'Eastbound' as 'Big Love' ends

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.

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