Eastbound & Down

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Eastbound & Down
Eastbound&Down Season3 Poster.jpg
Season 3 promotional poster
Genre Comedy
Created by
Starring
Theme music composer Freddie King
Opening theme "Going Down"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 29 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Stephanie Laing
Peter Phillips
Camera setup Single
Running time 28 minutes
Production company(s) Gary Sanchez Productions
Rough House Pictures
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Original run February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15) – November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17)
External links
Website

Eastbound & Down[1] is an American comedy television series broadcast on HBO, starring Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher, who after an up and down career in the major leagues is forced to return to his hometown middle-school in Shelby, North Carolina, as a substitute physical education teacher.[2]

Producers Will Ferrell and Adam McKay received an order for six episodes for the first season from HBO.[3] The series was produced by Will Ferrell's production company, Gary Sanchez Productions. The show premiered February 15, 2009, at 10:30 p.m.[4] Its second season, consisting of seven episodes, began on September 26, 2010. On October 27, HBO announced they were renewing the show for a third season.[5] At PaleyFest 2011, it was announced that the third season, which premiered on February 19, 2012, would be the last.[6] However, on July 2, 2012, it was announced that HBO had picked up the comedy series for a fourth season, which consisted of eight episodes.[7]

On June 6, 2013, HBO announced that the fourth season would be the show's last. The fourth season premiered on September 29, 2013, and ended its run on November 17, 2013.[8]

Plot[edit]

Years after he turned his back on his hometown, a burned-out major league ballplayer who "forced himself into retirement by the depths of his own jerkiness"[9] returns to teach physical education at his old middle school. Still trying to reclaim his fame he starts on a comeback -- righting his previous wrongs along the way -- only to unwittingly sabotage his own efforts.

While not based on the life of former Major League Baseball relief pitcher John Rocker, the show's creators do cite Rocker's attitude as an inspiration.[10] Former major league pitcher Mitch "Wild Thing" Williams has often been cited as the inspiration for the Powers character.[11]

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Recurring cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Original broadcast date DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale Region 1 Discs
1 6 February 15, 2009 (2009-02-15) March 22, 2009 (2009-03-22) June 30, 2009 (2009-06-30) 2
2 7 September 26, 2010 (2010-09-26) November 7, 2010 (2010-11-07) August 2, 2011 (2011-08-02) 2
3 8 February 19, 2012 (2012-02-19) April 15, 2012 (2012-04-15) December 4, 2012 (2012-12-04) 2
4 8 September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29) November 17, 2013 (2013-11-17) 2014 2014

Production[edit]

Production on the second season of the show began in May 2010. The setting moved to Mexico, with shooting actually occurring in Gurabo, Puerto Rico. The new season brought several changes to the cast, including new faces Michael Peña and Ana de la Reguera, who play the owner of a Mexican baseball team and Kenny's new love interest, respectively. Don Johnson appeared in the role of Kenny's father, who Kenny and Stevie managed to track down in Mexico. All of the supporting cast from the first season are absent or only make cameo appearances, with the only exception being Steve Little as Stevie Janowski, who follows Kenny to Mexico. Ben Best is not a writer for Season 2 but returns in a small role as Clegg.[14] Adam Scott returns in two episodes as the now cocaine-free baseball executive Pat Anderson.

Actor Deep Roy joined the cast as Aaron, one of Kenny's new Mexican sidekicks.[15] The Mexican baseball team owned by Pena's character Sebastian Cisneros, the Charros, is coached by a man named Roger played by actor Marco Rodriguez. Co-director Jody Hill described the season as "a cross between the films Amores perros and The Bad News Bears". Hill directed four episodes in season two, while David Gordon Green directed three.[16]

Season 2 premiered on September 26, 2010.[17] Vice magazine reported on August 31, 2010 that "it's worthy of the original and is its own different, more somber beast."[16] The writers had considered setting the second season in America; according to McBride, "at one point, we considered opening on a shot of the big sombrero at South of the Border, so you think Kenny’s in Mexico. And then he would have said [voice-over tone], ‘I went down to the butthole of the Carolinas.’ [laughs] We actually thought about setting the entire season in Myrtle Beach instead of in Mexico. I gotta say, the Myrtle Beach idea was pretty brilliant. It would have really been something. Maybe he ends up there next season. [beat] Who knows?"[18]

Season 3 saw Jason Sudeikis join the cast,[19] and the returns of Matthew McConaughey as Texas scout Roy McDaniel, and Will Ferrell who reprised his role as car salesman Ashley Schaeffer.[20] Ike Barinholtz also joined the cast as Ivan, a Russian pitcher Kenny tries to take under his wing.[21] The show was filmed in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at TicketReturn.com Field and features Kenny as a member of a minor league baseball team called Myrtle Beach Mermen.[22]

Reception[edit]

Metacritic gave season 1 a "generally favorable" average score of 62% based on reviews from 16 critics,[23] and seasons 2 and 3 an 89% (4 critics)[24] and 83% (5 critics),[25] respectively.

International syndication[edit]

United States-based premium cable television network HBO has syndicated Eastbound & Down to many international markets.

Country Broadcasters Time slot Premiere Date
Australia showcase/7mate 19:30 2009-10-27
Brazil HBO 2 20:05 2012-03-13
Canada HBO Canada/The Score/FXX 22:30 (HBO) 2009-02-15
Finland YLE 00:20 2011-06-05
Germany Sky Atlantic HD 21:30 2013 August
Mexico MaxPrime 22:30 2009-11-17
Netherlands Comedy Central 22:30 2010-04-30
New Zealand Comedy Central 21:30 2009-10-27
Norway NRK 22:25 2010-09-15
Portugal MTV Portugal 23:00 2009-07-09
Romania HBO Romania 23:00 2010-05-29
Sweden C More 20:00 2009-08-11
Turkey CNBC-e 23:00 2011-06-20
United Kingdom & Ireland Fox 22:00 2009-10-01

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Eastbound & Down: Homepage". HBO. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ "New HBO TV series 'Eastbound and Down' unites old friends". StarNewsOnline.com. October 21, 2008. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  3. ^ "Talk: Home". HBO. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  4. ^ [1]HBO – February 2, 2009.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "HBO Renews Series ‘Bored to Death’ And ‘Eastbound & Down’ –". Deadline.com. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  6. ^ Wright, Adam (March 11, 2011). ""Eastbound And Down" To End After Third Season". Tvdonewright.com. Retrieved September 8, 2011. 
  7. ^ Levine, Stuart (July 2, 2012). "HBO asks for more ‘Eastbound & Down’". Variety. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (June 6, 2013). "'Eastbound & Down' Canceled by HBO; Production on Fourth and Final Season Begins". TV By The Numbers. Retrieved June 6, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Eastbound and Down, A Pitcher’s Life After the Third Strike". The New York Times. February 12, 2009. Retrieved December 13, 2013. .
  10. ^ All Things Considered (February 15, 2009). "HBO Debuts 'Eastbound And Down'". NPR. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  11. ^ 5 Real-Life Players Who Inspired 'Eastbound & Down' http://www.complex.com/sports/2009/02/5-real-life-players-who-inspired-eastbound-down
  12. ^ "Chapter 21". Eastbound & Down. Season 3. Episode 8. April 15, 2012. Event occurs at 10:19. Home Box Office. "Steven Bernard Janowski, you are hereby relieved of your duties as my assistant."
  13. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1499462/
  14. ^ "BRING IT ON HOME – The Southern Boys Behind Eastbound & Down Send Kenny Powers' Ass to Mexico – Vice Magazine". Viceland.com. August 28, 2007. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  15. ^ "EB&D IN PR – Viceland Today". Viceland.com. June 21, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  16. ^ a b "Eastbound & Down Season Dos Is Almost Here – Viceland Today". Viceland.com. August 31, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  17. ^ "Eastbound and Down Season Two is F*cking In". Tv.gawker.com. June 14, 2010. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  18. ^ "BRING IT ON HOME – The Southern Boys Behind Eastbound & Down Send Kenny Powers' Ass to Mexico – Vice Magazine". Viceland.com. Retrieved October 17, 2010. 
  19. ^ Sneider, Jeff; Levine, Stuart (July 7, 2011). "Sudeikis set for 'Eastbound & Down'". Variety. 
  20. ^ Schillaci, Sophie A. (July 12, 2011). "Matthew McConaughey, Will Ferrell Return for 'Eastbound & Down' Season 3". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (September 1, 2011). "'Eastbound & Down': 'Mad TV' Alum Takes the Mound (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  22. ^ "Myrtle Beach Mermen". 
  23. ^ "Eastbound & Down - Season 1 Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. February 15, 2009. Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  24. ^ "Eastbound & Down - Season 2 Reviews". Retrieved June 28, 2013. 
  25. ^ "Eastbound & Down - Season 3 Reviews". Retrieved June 28, 2013. 

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