Kenny Powers

It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything from the camp of Kenny Powers, the machismo ball playing alter-ego of Danny McBride on the curveball HBO series Eastbound and Down. Perhaps there’s a good reason for that. The first season wasn’t exactly a smash hit, but it was generally well-received. And it did fairly well on DVD. So by the skin of its leathery balls, it has been picked up for a second season — a second season that will air starting in September.

It’s a relief to fans, myself included. Kenny Powers is an outrageous mess of humanity spiraling down and away from reason and personal accountability. He’s fun to watch, mostly based on the fact that Danny McBride is fun to watch.

While little is known about the plot of the second season, we know that it will pick up where season one ended: with Kenny headed down to Mexico to once again avoid the embarrassment of his failed baseball career. The new season will bring a number of changes to the cast, including new faces Michael Peña and Ana de la Reguera, who will play the owner of the Mexican baseball team and Kenny’s new love interest, respectively.

All of the usual creative suspects — the likes of Jody Hill, David Gordon Green and Adam McKay — are expected to return along with more than a few high-profile cameos. All-in-all, it’s more than enough reason to be excited for the return of Kenny Powers. That, and there’s a new trailer on the web courtesy of HBO. I don’t even need to say which highly anticipated summer movie it spoofs. Think about it, you’ll get it. If not, “you’re f*ckin’ out!”

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