Eastbound & Down to end after fourth season
Story by Jack Foley
EASTBOUND & Down is to end after its forthcoming fourth season, HBO has confirmed.
The news will come as little surprise to hardcore fans of the show, who had been assuming that the foul-mouthed comedy featuring Danny McBride as former Major League pitcher Kenny Powers was going to end after its third run.
A last minute U-turn had extended the show’s life to a fourth season, spanning eight episodes, which is due to air in September in the US.
But while HBO were reportedly keen to continue beyond that series, the creative powers behind it – Jody Hill, McBride, Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy and Adam McKay – were keen to bring the show some closure.
Nevertheless, HBO has a strong comedy line-up on its slate. As well as Veep and Girls, which were both renewed for third seasons, Christopher Guest comedy Family Tree is currently airing its debut season, while Stephen Merchant’s Hello Ladies is set to launch on the network in September.
Other series orders include Getting On from Big Love creators Mark V. Olsen and Will Scheffer, an untitled half-hour entry from Mike Judge and the untitled gay-themed comedy starring Jonathan Groff.
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