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'Eastbound & Down' Gets One More Season on Mound, Says HBO

Friday, 07 Jun 2013 07:41 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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HBO announced Thursday that the upcoming fourth season of "Eastbound & Down," the raunchy baseball comedy about a former MLB pitcher who now works as a middle school gym teacher, will be its last.

The profanity laced show, which premiered in 2009, stars Danny McBride ("Pineapple Express," "30 Minutes or Less") as Kenny Powers, a washed-up former major league star who returns to his hometown of Shelby, N.C., to work as a substitute physical education teacher all while trying to reclaim his glory days.

The show wrapped its third season last year and began shooting its fourth and final one this week in North Carolina.

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"In the third season of 'Eastbound & Down,' which concluded in April 2012, Kenny Powers finally made it back to the majors and recaptured his former glory, only to fake his own death and run back home to his beloved April, the mother of his child," according to HBO. "The upcoming fourth season picks up the action several years later and finds Kenny living the American Dream with his family in North Carolina."

McBride opened up about the upcoming season in an April interview with Spinoff Online.

"We really love doing that show, and HBO really wants to do one more season," he said. "[Creator] Jody [Hill] and I kind of looked at each other to make sure we have a story angle for it and we had something we sort of thought was rich, something that would be fun. Yeah, we signed up for one more season, so it's just been a bonus round for Kenny Powers."

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Though "Eastbound & Down" may be ending, McBride will not be gone from TV, as the new station FXX has just picked up his animated comedy show "Chozen" about "a gay white rapper fresh out of prison with a new message and new skills, which he will use in his quest for redemption and domination," according to Deadline.

The final season of "Eastbound & Down" will premiere on HBO on Sunday, Sept. 29, at 10 p.m. EST.

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