Arrogant, washed-up big league pitcher Kenny Powers thought he'd scored a shot at a comeback in the majors, but the offer turned out to be bogus. Now, having left his North Carolina life behind, he's making a fresh start in a small Mexican town, where he can both nurse his wounds and bless the locals with his awesomeness.
Starring Danny McBride ("Up in the Air," "Tropic Thunder"), Eastbound & Down tells the story of Kenny Powers, who used to be a star pitcher until his self-destructive behaviour knocked him out of Major League Baseball. In the first season of the series, he returned home to North Carolina to teach Phys Ed at the middle school he once attended, and eventually scored another big-league job offer - or so he imagined.
Eastbound & Down also stars Steve Little as Stevie Janowski, the high-school band teacher who idolises Kenny; Michael Pena as Sebastian Cisneros, owner of the local Mexican baseball team; Ana de la Reguera as sultry lounge singer Vida; Marco Rodriguez as Roger Hernandez, manager of the baseball team; Efren Ramirez as his new neighbor Catuey; Elizabeth De Razzo as Maria, another new neighbor; Deep Roy as Aaron, one of Kenny's new sidekicks; and Joaquin Cosio as Hector, Kenny's other new sidekick.
This season's episodes were directed by David Gordon Green and Jody Hill, both of whom directed episodes of the first season of Eastbound & Down. Series star Danny McBride met Green and Hill at the North Carolina School of the Arts, and later starred in Green's "All the Real Girls," winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival, and the Sundance hit "The Foot Fist Way," which was released theatrically in May 2008. Green also directed McBride in 2008's "Pineapple Express," opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco, and in the upcoming "Your Highness," along with James Franco, Natalie Portman and Zooey Deschanel, scheduled for release in April 2011. Hill co-wrote "The Foot Fist Way," and wrote and directed the 2009 feature film "Observe and Report," starring Seth Rogen, Anna Faris and Ray Liotta.
The six-episode first season of Eastbound & Down, inspired critical praise, with Entertainment Weekly describing the show as "a winner about a real loser," while the New Yorker observed, "Kenny Powers will live on in our minds after he's left the screen." The Hollywood Reporter hailed Eastbound & Down as "sublimely hilarious," and the Washington Post called it "the most recklessly funny comedy of the year."
The executive producers of Eastbound & Down are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill and Danny McBride; consulting producer, David Gordon Green; producer, Stephanie Laing; writers, Shawn Harwell, Jody Hill & Danny McBride; directors, David Gordon Green and Jody Hill.
The final season of the hit comedy series about former major-league pitching ace Kenny Powers (Danny McBride), who after finally making it back to the majors at the end of S3, faked his death and ran back home to his beloved April and his son Toby. The new season takes place several years later; Kenny has married April, had another child (a daughter named Shayna, after his late pal Shane), and has more or less stayed the course he promised April, though he hates his job as Assistant Manager at a car-rental outlet in North Carolina. In his down time, instead of boozing and doing drugs, Kenny dabbles in writing a screenplay, “The Kenny Powers Saga,” shares couples nights with the numbingly boring Gene & Dixie and Tel & Viv, and accompanies April to bland awards dinners for realtors. The vices of his playing days are a thing of the past - until Kenny runs into Guy Young, a onetime teammate and current host of the raucous TV talk show Sports Sesh. Guy convinces Kenny to quit the rat race and get back in the game - as a celebrity “titan” who deserves greatness and the lifestyle of the rich, famous and arrogant. Welcome back, Kenny F***ing Powers!