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Kenny Powers Is Coming Back Fucking Soon

By Jac Kern · February 15th, 2012 · Television
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Some television characters are so ridiculous, yet somehow so true-to-life, we have a hard time separating the actor from the role. Like Tina Fey’s Liz Lemon or Steve Carell’s Michael Scott, comedian Danny McBride has truly made Eastbound and Down’s Kenny Powers an extension of himself. (Go ahead, make a boner joke — Kenny would.)

Though at one time a very successful MLB pitcher, Powers is now washed up, worn out and way cockier than even his greatest achievements could justify. Despite being incredibly pathetic, Kenny Powers presents himself like the sexy, talented athlete he truly believes he is, coining endless quotables like, “You’re fucking out.” Over the last two seasons, we’ve seen Kenny go from pro pitcher, to high school gym teacher, to competitive cock fighter and back again, though his ego-meter rarely dipped below “I’m the shit.”

In addition to providing endless curse word-laden catchphrases, Eastbound and Down has a surprisingly superb soundtrack. Kenny has strutted his stuff to everything from Robin Thicke to The Black Keys, and Season 3’s trailer is set to Hanni El Khatib’s very groovy “You Rascal You.” 

This season finds Kenny Powers back on his game — pitching for the Myrtle Beach Mermen, buddied up with a new best friend (Jason Sudeikis) and apparently back with his boobilicious baby-mama, April. Favorite characters from the first season including BMW salesman Ashley Schaeffer (Will Ferrell) are also set to make a return. Cherish each mullety moment this season — it has been announced that it will most likely be the last. Unlike the grasping-for-fame Powers, the show’s creators want Eastbound and Down to go out while it’s still on top. Catch it all 10 p.m. Sundays on HBO. The motherfuckin’ end.



30 Rock (8 p.m., NBC) — After Jack gets mugged, he does what most victims do with the post-attack rush of adrenaline — decides to run for mayor.

Parks and Recreation (8:30 p.m., NBC) — Comic genius and my all-time favorite ginge, Louis C.K. returns as Dave, Leslie’s ex-boyfriend.

Project Runway Allstars (9 p.m., Lifetime) — The designers make costumes for the musical Godspell. Drinking game suggestion: Take a sip of your beverage every time Austin talks about his need to “prove himself” as this is “his challenge.”

Archer (10 p.m., FX) — Archer and Lana help Mallory after she’s found in a “compromising position” with the Italian prime minister.

Delocated (midnight, Cartoon Network) — Looks like someone had a case of the midnight munchingtons — but could a late night snack mean murder for “Jon?”


Portlandia (10 p.m., IFC) — Thrift store employees judge a woman by the clothes she tries to sell second-hand; an aging couple buys motorcycles to cling on to their rebellious youth; Joanna Newsom cameos.


Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Hilarious SNL alum and Bridesmaids star Maya Rudolph hosts. Her signature characters include Donatella Versace, Beyonce and Whitney Houston (too soon?). Sleigh Bells perform in support of their upcoming album Reign of Terror.


The Walking Dead (9 p.m., AMC) — At first I was all, “OMG it’s Rene from True Blood!” and then I was like, “OMG it’s a Mexican stand-off!” Now I’m thinking, “OMG will this whole remaining season only cover the events of one day?!”

Shameless (9 p.m., Showtime) — Fiona rocks the love boat when Steve and his Brazilian babe show up at Jasmine and David’s yacht party.

Luck (9 p.m., HBO) — Ace indulges his philanthropic side. 

Open letter to Jerry: When your racetrack gambling pals have to organize an intervention for your poker addiction, you have a problem.

House of Lies (10 p.m., Showtime) — The title of this episode is “Bareback Town.” That is all.


Clinton: American Experience (9 p.m., PBS) — This two-part profile on the former president maps his journey from growing up in Arkansas to landing in the White House, with all the successes and scandals in between. Part Two airs same time Tuesday.


Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) — Gloria discovers Claire has been hiding a secret. Escándalo!

Top Chef (10 p.m., Bravo) — To represent the final three chefs’ voyage from Texas to Vancouver, they must incorporate the theme of “fire and ice” into a dish and cocktail.



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