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Production Begins On New HBO Series Eastbound And Down

Production Begins On New HBO Series Eastbound And Down


Production Begins On New HBO Series Eastbound And Down

Production has begun in North Carolina on the new HBO comedy series EASTBOUND AND DOWN, starring Danny McBride (“Tropic Thunder,” “Pineapple Express”) and executive produced by Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best.  The show features McBride as Kenny Powers, a star pitcher whose self-destructive behavior knocks him out of major league baseball and back home to North Carolina, where he ends up teaching Phys Ed at the middle school he once attended.  The six-episode season is scheduled to debut on the network in 2009.

EASTBOUND AND DOWN also stars Katy Mixon (the upcoming “Four Christmases”) as April Buchanon, Kenny’s former flame and current object of desire, who teaches at the school; John Hawkes (“Me and You and Everyone We Know,” HBO’s “Deadwood”) as Kenny’s brother Dustin Powers, a family man who is forced to take Kenny into his home to help get him back on his feet; Jennifer Irwin (“Still Standing”) as Dustin’s patient wife Cassie; Andrew Daly (“Semi-Pro”) as Terrence Cutler, the school principal, a fan of Kenny’s who puts up with his transgressions; Steve Little (“The Ugly Truth”) as Kenny devotee Stevie Janowski, the school’s band teacher; and Ben Best (“Superbad”) as bar proprietor Clegg, a druggie pal from the old days.

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Writer and star Danny McBride, writer Jody Hill, writer and actor Ben Best, and director David Gordon Green met at the North Carolina School of the Arts.  McBride later starred in Green’s “All the Real Girls,” winner of the 2003 Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.  McBride re-teamed with Hill and Best on the Sundance hit “The Foot Fist Way,” which was released theatrically in May 2008, with the Los Angeles Times proclaiming it “the sort of nimble oddball discovery that one wishes would come along more often.”  Most recently, Green directed McBride in the hit “Pineapple Express,” opposite Seth Rogen and James Franco.

In addition to serving as an executive producer, Will Ferrell guest stars in EASTBOUND AND DOWN as the owner of a local car dealership.  After getting his start on “Saturday Night Live,” which he left in 2002, Ferrell became one of the biggest stars in Hollywood, receiving Golden Globe nominations for “The Producers” and “Stranger Than Fiction.”  He also co-wrote, with director Adam McKay, and starred in “Step Brothers,” “Talladega Nights:  The Ballad of Ricky Bobby” and “Anchorman:  The Legend of Ron Burgundy.”  In addition, Ferrell and McKay collaborated on the hit short film “The Landlord,” which can be seen on, a website committed to showcasing the best comedy on the web, which he co-founded with McKay and Chris Henchy.

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