Kenny Powers was supposed to be baseball's next big thing, but when he got to the big leagues, his obnoxious personality (and his not-so-fast fastball) became his ticket right back out. He thought he'd mount a comeback, of course — but for now, he's plotting his next move from his brother's couch while working as a substitute gym teacher. As HBO puts it, "Every kid has a great ball player they look up to. Kenny Powers is not that guy."
Powers — played by Danny McBride, sporting an amped-up version of his Pineapple Express mullet — is the central figure in Eastbound and Down, a new comedy series premiering Sunday on HBO following Flight of the Conchords. The show has a lot of funny folks behind it: It's produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay's production company, the same folks who run Funny or Die. (Ferrell himself makes occasional appearances as a car salesman with a hairdo that puts McBride's to shame.)
Considering it's an HBO series, Eastbound and Down has been relatively under the radar, so I'll be curious to see what it's like on Sunday. For now, to check out a promo for the show and a related ad starring Ferrell, just read more.