“I’ve been blessed with many things in this life: an arm like a damn rocket, a (unit) like a Burmese python, and the mind of a f—ing scientist…”
HBO announced this grand morning that it has renewed the comedy/tragedy foul-mouthed series “Eastbound & Down” for a second season, with production starting later this year so episodes can air sometime in 2010.
“‘Eastbound & Down’s’ raucous comedy sparked a loyal and enthusiastic following that grew throughout the season, and we’re happy to bring the show back for more innings,” Michael Lombardo, the president of programming and West Coast operations, said in a rather lame statement.
For those not yet up to speed: Danny McBride stars as Kenny Powers, a former major league relief pitcher (think John Rocker, with a Rod Beck mullet) who sabotages his career with drugs, partying and steroids before he’s out of the game and back in North Carolina teaching middle school Phys Ed. The last of the six-series first season that ended last month had McBride thinking he had another tryout in Tampa, only to find out it fell through. But he had already said goodbye to his brother’s family (who he lived with) and swept up his old flame (who he then left at the gas station on the way to Florida) and headed into unchartered territory.
Among those in the media that reviewed it:
== Entertainment Weekly: A show that’s “a winner about a real loser.”
== New Yorker: “Kenny Powers will live on in our minds after he’s left the screen.”
== The Hollywood Reporter: (The series is) “sublimely hilarious.”
== The Washington Post: “The most recklessly funny comedy of the year.”
Will Ferrell will stay on as an executive producer, with McBride as well as Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill and Ben Best.