Greatness returns to HBO in February! The pay cabler has announced that the Danny McBride starrer Eastbound & Down will return for eight weeks beginning Feb. 19. The comedy follows Kenny Powers (McBride), a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball.
The show will be followed by Life’s Too Short, a new show/faux documentary starring Warwick Davis (Harry Potter franchise) as a fictionalized version of himself. Here’s the description from HBO: “He’s a down-and-out little person desperately trying to hustle and connive his way back into the spotlight.” It’s written, directed and executive produced by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, and includes cameos by Johnny Depp, Sting and Steve Carell, along with Gervais and Merchant playing themselves in minor roles.
Earlier this year, McBride and fellow executive producer Jody Hill aren’t looking to go beyond a third season of Eastbound. “We never really had an interest in turning the show into anything traditional,” McBride told the crowd. “We approach each season like it’s one long movie.” As for season three, the guys teased that Kenny will return to Shelby, N.C. Katy Mixon’s April Buchanon – who was missing during season 2 when the big guy went to Mexico — will be back, as will Stevie and his new wife Maria (Lisa De Razzo).