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Eastbound & Down (Season 2)

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Sep 24, 2010 Web Exclusive
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The funniest show on television returns for a second season in an entirely new place: The return of Kenny Powers opens with the former major league pitcher in Mexico, having run away from the woman of his dreams. Eastbound creators Jody Hill, Ben Best, and Danny McBride have found some new magic south of the border, and they let Powers enjoy all the drugs, booze, and racism he can possibly stomach, then let him puke and rally for more.

The idea of changing the setting of the show completely is a bold move and exposes the deep ruts of most shows currently on television. Some aren’t afraid to change things up (Mad Men comes to mind first) but most have become so terrified of shark jumping (itself a relatively new term) that even the most adventurous of networks get stuck on repeat. Eastbound’s network bro Entourage found some success this season by finally giving Vincent Chase and co. one or two new twists. Otherwise, Entourage’s greatest weakness has been its ability to stare change in the eye (Ari could have been a studio head, the boys moved back to New York for about five minutes) and then run shrieking into the safe comforts of Hollywood success.

Of course, few other shows can boast a weapon as powerful as Danny McBride as Powers. He is one of the funniest characters to grace television in a long, long time, and unlike the guys on It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, there’s a beating heart and soul behind Powers, it’s just covered in cocaine, steroids, and pride. The show’s gimmick of letting Powers narrate his own audio books works to hilarious perfection and gives needed structure to what is clearly an often-improvised performance from McBride. He deserved an Emmy and then some.

It’s not going too far to say Eastbound and Down holds a magnifying glass up to sports and hero workship, it’s just that the magnifying glass is outrageously outsized, Charlie Chaplin, silent-movie prop huge. Sadly, as far as McBride takes Powers, the satire may never go far enough, as LeBron James and Roger Clemens and Tiger Woods and a host of others have shown. (www.hbo.com/eastbound-and-down)

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Fort Lauderdale Divorce Lawyer
October 22nd 2010
10:39pm

Kenny Powers truly is one of the funniest characters on television right now.  Entourage got so repetitive after the second season that I couldn’t watch it anymore.  It was the same story every week just different chicks occasionally.  Kenny in Mexico is hilarious.  I hope they just keep bringing all the craziness while mixing things up as well and keeping it fresh.

cage
October 23rd 2010
7:46am

A sport is an organized, competitive, entertaining, and skillful physical activity requiring commitment, strategy, and fair play, in which a winner can be defined by objective means. It is governed by a set of rules or customs. In sports the key factors are the physical capabilities and skills of the competitor when determining the outcome (winning or losing). The physical activity involves the movement of people, animals and/or a variety of objects such as balls and machines or equipment. In contrast, games such as card games and board games, though these could be called mind sports and some are recognized as Olympic sports, require primarily mental skills and only mental physical involvement. Non-competitive activities, for example as jogging or playing catch, are usually classified as forms of recreation.

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