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HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' new S3 previews, April under pressure (VIDEO)

By April MacIntyre Feb 17, 2012, 2:28 GMT

HBO's 'Eastbound & Down' new S3 previews, April under pressure (VIDEO)

McBride has never been better as the mullet-coiffed braggart Kenny Powers on "Eastbound and Down", which sees Will Ferrell shine once again as demented Ashley Schaeffer, selling KIA\'s now.

Kenny effing Powers has a baby boy now.

Duct tape, kitchen cozies and plastic baggies are his go-to diaper fix when April has a post-partum freak-out.

This is only the tip of the KFP iceberg that awaits fans of this very wrong comedy that sadly will be leaving us at the end of this season on HBO.

McBride has never been better as the mullet-coiffed braggart Kenny Powers on "Eastbound and Down", which sees Will Ferrell shine once again as demented Ashley Schaeffer, selling KIAs now.

Hey! We are giving away OFFICIAL E&D Swag: HERE

This is the kind of comedy that we love; unapologetic, not for kids and definitely not for Rick Santorum.

The beauty of "Eastbound" is that it follows no formulaic pattern that network sitcoms do; it is completely adult, absolutely abstract in its journey for the main character (KFP) and decidedly different. Borderline absurdist. Think of it as the TV antithesis of the awful "Two and a Half men," even the hallowed Sheen years.

Katy Mixon shines as April, Kenny's high school sweetheart turned baby mama.

Please watch for Ike Barinholtz as Ivan, a mulleted Russian pitcher who plays for the Mermen Myrtle Beach team along with Jason Sudeikis as Shane.

Brilliance from Steve Little as Stevie Janowski, as his character gets delicious scenes once again this season. He is one of the bravest actors around with regards to allowing himself to be filmed nearly nude.

The line up:

Episode #14:  “Chapter 14”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 19 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

                Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 19 (midnight), 21 (9:30 p.m.), 22 (midnight) and 24 (midnight)

                HBO2 playdates:  Feb. 23 (11:00 p.m.) and 25 (9:00 p.m., 2:30 a.m.)

Enjoying a new lease on his baseball career as the closer for the minor-league Myrtle Beach Mermen, Kenny Powers (Danny McBride) settles into a life of body-boarding, jet-skiing and hard-partying with his catcher, Shane (Jason Sudeikis).  A detour to Shelby to attend the one-year birthday of his child reunites Kenny with April (Katy Mixon).

Written by Jody Hill, Danny R. McBride & Josh Parkinson; directed by Jody Hill.

Episode #15:  “Chapter 15”

Debut:  SUNDAY, FEB. 26 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

                Other HBO playdates:  Feb. 26 (midnight), 28 (10:30 p.m.) and 29 (midnight), and March 2 (midnight)

                HBO2 playdates:  March 1 (11:50 p.m.) and 3 (9:00 p.m., 1:00 a.m.)

With the baby in tow, a seething Kenny heads north in search of April.  Getting no assistance from Dustin (John Hawkes), Maria (Elizabeth De Razzo) or Jamie (Jerry Minor), Kenny tracks down his erstwhile lackey Stevie (Steve Little), currently employed at Ashley Schaeffer’s (Will Ferrell) car dealership.  Kenny crashes a perverse plantation fete the dealer is throwing in an effort to liberate Stevie.

Written by Jody Hill, Danny R. McBride & Harris Wittels; directed by David Gordon Green.

Episode #16:  “Chapter 16”

Debut:  SUNDAY, MARCH 4 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

                Other HBO playdates: March 4 (midnight), 6 (10:30 p.m.), 7 (midnight) and 9 (midnight)

                HBO2 playdates:  March 8 (11:55 p.m.) and 10 (9:00 p.m., 2:55 a.m.)

This season, Stevie is challenged as the BFF of Kenny, as Pro scout Roy McDaniel (Matthew McConaughey) arrives in Myrtle Beach to ask Kenny to mentor Ivan Dochenko (Ike Barinholtz), a promising young Russian pitching prospect with a Slavic mullet.  Stevie lays down the ground rules for his return to Kenny’s team, while grappling with Shane Dog and Kenny’s relationship.

Written by John Carcieri, Jody Hill & Danny R. McBride; directed by Jody Hill.

"Eastbound and Down" begins its final eight-episode season this Sunday night on HBO.



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