Eastbound & Down to return for fourth season
Story by Jack Foley
CONTRARY to early reports (and Danny McBride’s insistence) Eastbound & Down will return for a fourth season.
HBO is keeping the foul-mouthed baseball comedy going for an additional eight episodes that will be aired next year (2013).
The third season proved such a critical success and ratings darling that all thoughts of wrapping it up were quickly discarded it seems.
Produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, Eastbound & Down stars Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former pro-baseball pitcher who returns to his suburban hometown in a bid to re-ignite his failed career.
Season three, which included guest stars such as Jason Sudeikis, Don Johnson and Matthew McConaughey, ended with Powers faking his own death to be with his on-off girlfriend, thereby walking away from a lucrative comeback.
McBride, who also serves as executive producer, had previously insisted that he wanted the show to end after three seasons and even told PaleyFest earlier this year: “We’ve always imagined this thing as something that we would keep short and not give it a chance to get old.”
But it seems the lure of a fourth season proved too tempting while the show is still on a critical and audience high – season three attracted 1.3 million viewers.
Eastbound therefore joins a strong comedy line-up on HBO, which also includes the recently renewed Girls and Veep.