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'Eastbound & Down,' 'Life's Too Short' Get February Premiere Dates

by Chris Harnick, posted Nov 29th 2011 5:00PM
Eastbound and Down Season 3 PremiereKenny Powers is coming back for some new misadventures this February.

'Eastbound and Down' Season 3 will kick off Sun., Feb. 19 at 10PM ET. The eight-episode season will be paired with Ricky Gervais' new comedy 'Life's Too Short.'

Veteran film actor Warwick Davis headlines the fake documentary series as a fictionalized version of himself. The 'Life's Too Short' version of Davis is a down-and-out little person who is trying to get back in the spotlight.

'Life's Too Short' premieres Sun., Feb. 19 at 10:30PM ET.

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Justin Long Joins 'New Girl,' Lonely Island Member Books 'Up All Night' & More TV Casting News

by Chris Harnick, posted Sep 2nd 2011 2:40PM
Justin LongZooey Deschanel is getting an equally adorkable love interest on 'New Girl' when Justin Long joins the cast.

Long -- yes, the movie star and Mac guy from the Apple commercials -- will play a recurring love interest for Deschanel's character, Jess.

According to EW, Long will play Paul, a music teacher, in three episodes of the new comedy about a lovelorn newly single woman living with three dudes.

'New Girl' premieres Tues., Sept. 20, 9PM ET on Fox. Long is set to appear in episode six.

Aww, hipster love!

In other casting news ...

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'Eastbound & Down' Will End After Season 3, 'Hawaii Five-0' Cast Safe from Tsunami and More TV News

by Jean Bentley, posted Mar 11th 2011 2:06PM
Danny McBrideLooks like Kenny Powers will be riding into the sunset sooner than we thought.

'Eastbound & Down' star Danny McBride and co-creator Jody Hill told the audience at the show's PaleyFest 2011 panel yesterday that they don't foresee anything past a third season for the show, Entertainment Weekly reports.

"We never really had an interest in turning the show into anything traditional," McBride said. "We approach each season like it's one long movie."

Season 3, which McBride and Hill are writing right now, will most likely air in 2012.

In other TV news ...

The 'Hawaii Five-0' cast is safe and sound on high ground in Hawaii following the major earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Also reportedly safe: '90210' stars Jessica Stroup and Shenae Grimes, who are in Japan, and Jimmy Kimmel, who is vacationing in French Polynesia. [EW]

TNT announced the summer premiere dates for its original shows. Mon., July 11 will see the seventh season of 'The Closer' and the second of 'Rizzoli & Isles.' 'Memphis Beat' and 'HawthoRNe' will premiere on Tues., June 14, and 'Leverage' will bow on Sun., June 26. 'Men of a Certain Age' and the debut of 'Franklin & Bash' will air on Wed., June 1. Finally, the two-hour premiere of 'Falling Skies' will occur on Sun., June 19. [TV Guide]

Steve Carrell's impending departure from 'The Office' is becoming all the more real now that NBC has set his exit date. Carrell's last episode will air April 28. [EW]

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FCC Approves NBCU-Comcast Merger, Syfy Renews 'Sanctuary' and More

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 18th 2011 6:30PM
NBCThe FCC has approved the merger of NBC Universal and Kabletown Comcast after year-long reviews of the matter.

According to Variety, the combination was passed with a 4-1 vote. Michael Copps, the Democratic commissioner, was the dissenting vote.

Concerns over the future of online video prompted Comcast to agree to conditions that aim to prevent anti-competitive harms.

"This is a proud and exciting day for Comcast," Brian Roberts, chairman and CEO of Comcast, said. "Our original vision for the combination remains intact so that consumers will benefit, and our competitors will be treated fairly."

In other TV news ...

Syfy has renewed 'Sanctuary' for a 13-episode season 4. According to the network, filming starts this spring with an expected fall debut. [Syfy]

The Brown family from TLC's 'Sister Wives' is on the move. The reality family has moved to Nevada to pursue new opportunities. [E! Online]

'Skins' debuted to 3.3. million viewers. A decent start, but nowhere near 'Jersey Shore' numbers. [Entertainment Weekly]

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2 Finale Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Nov 8th 2010 12:00PM
Eastbound and Down['Eastbound & Down' - 'Chapter 13']

If there's one thing that '90s R&B sensation 'Boys II Men' taught us, it's that "it's so hard to say good-bye" -- not only to "yesterday", but to the things we love.

Having 'Eastbound & Down' back in our lives for a couple months has been blissful, but what will we take with us to be the "sunshine after the rain" of season two's end? How will we remember Kenny and the gang during our time apart until the next season starts?

'Boys II Men' taught me something else, too, that "although we've come to the end of the road, Still I can't let go." I'll cling to the greasy tendrils of Kenny's ape drape until he's back.

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'Eastbound & Down' Star Danny McBride Talks Marrying Longtime Girlfriend (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Nov 4th 2010 7:30AM
Danny McBride Is Newlywed on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live''Eastbound & Down' star Danny McBride flashed his new wedding ring on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live' (weeknights, 12:05AM ET on ABC). The actor and his wife had dated for six years, were engaged for three, and finally tied the knot a few weeks ago.

His only participation in planning the big day involved picking out the ring and "choosing what sort of tequila was going to be at the after-party," (nay, "reception") he explained.

His wife was excited to be mentioned in the celebrity gossip mags, but very disappointed when "they said that we met like three month ago ... She wanted credit for the time she's put into this." That's understandable.

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2, Episode 6 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Nov 1st 2010 10:30AM
Eastbound and Down['Eastbound & Down' - 'Chapter 12']

Kenny Powers is an enigma, but if 'Eastbound & Down' has taught us anything, it's what drives him to be the way he is: booze, sex, drugs, fame, an unearned sense of superiority and entitlement, an eighth grade education, and more important than all of those things combined, his love for April.

April makes Kenny the best man he can possibly be, which still isn't a very good man, in fact, on a scale of one to Mel Gibson, Kenny is at about a Charlie Sheen. But he's a kinder, gentler Sheen when he has April as his muse.

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HBO Renews 'Bored to Death' and 'Eastbound and Down'

by Chris Harnick, posted Oct 28th 2010 10:25AM
Bored to DeathFans of HBO's current Sunday block of comedies -- 'Eastbound and Down' and 'Bored to Death' -- rejoice! The network has renewed both shows for third seasons.

According to Deadline Hollywood, the two comedies have been steady in the ratings, gaining from last season. The season 2 premiere of 'Eastbound and Down' was seen by 1.7 million viewers, up 150 percent from its series premiere. 'Bored to Death' was seen by an average of 1.1 million viewers.

The two comedies join HBO's other Sunday night program, 'Boardwalk Empire,' in renewal.

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2, Episode 5 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 25th 2010 10:30AM
['Eastbound & Down' - 'Chapter 11']

In our culture, when we come across a problem child or a hooligan or an ugly person, we generally say, "look at the parents" to see where things began to go wrong.

But what about someone as severely and disturbingly ignorant as Kenny Powers; someone who can't understand that it's possible and often optimal to live a life without glue induced hangovers? Reuniting with his father, Eduardo Sanchez (Don Johnson) may not only be a window into Kenny's soul; it could also be a doorway through which none of us are even remotely prepared to pass through.

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2, Episode 4 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 18th 2010 7:30AM
['Eastbound & Down' - 'Chapter 10']

Kenny Powers is a firestorm of vulgarity, a man obsessed with plumbing the absolute depths of humanity. We watch every week to see him do his thing: Curse, offend, string together misinformation, not bathe, and do it all with more flair and bravado than the previous week.

But, what can Kenny do to keep us interested? There are only so many hookers and drugs and friends and dress codes he can abuse, and how many references to sex toys and/or breasts before even Stevie himself says, "alright, Kenny! We get it!"

Everyone has different answers for those questions, and it's the job of 'Eastbound & Down' to keep us from finding them.

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2, Episode 3 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 11th 2010 5:50AM
['Eastbound & Down' - 'Chapter 9']

Kenny Powers wants everything we want. He just goes about getting it in different, and often more infection-inducing ways. We all want to be loved, to be respected, to be happy, and to be the guy who brings the mullet back to hairdo prominence, but we search for those things with a sense of propriety that, so far, has eluded Kenny.

In his defense, it's tough to live with propriety when you think the word is Spanish for "prosthetic limb." Some things never change, and the world as we know it would cease to exist if they did.

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Hopelessly Devoted to You: Five TV Obsessives, from Kenneth the Page to Screech Powers

by Van Sias, posted Oct 10th 2010 1:00PM
Fred Flintstone and Barney RubbleFrom Yogi and Boo-Boo to Barney Rubble and Fred Flintstone, the concept of a devoted sidekick thanklessly following around a main character on a TV show dates all the way back to the Hanna-Barbara days. No matter the amount of craziness it entailed, those guys would do anything for their buddies and received little love in return.

That level of extreme devotion is not a phenomenon dedicated solely to cartoon characters -- in fact, it's a concept that's been featured in many a show over the years. After the jump, a look at five of the most hopelessly devoted TV obsessives.

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'Eastbound & Down' Season 2, Episode 2 Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Oct 4th 2010 5:45AM
['Eastbound and Down' - 'Chapter 8']

What would you do with a second chance? Odds are, you'd do it differently. Kenny Powers, on the other hand, has made a living defying the odds. No matter how low Kenny sinks, he still holds onto the things that separate him from everyone else -- his swagger, his mullet, his rudimentary grasp of the English language, his complete disregard for anyone other than himself (or breasts), and his numerous venereal diseases -- despite those things causing his demise in the first place.

That kind of persistence makes us love him, or at least love that we're not him. Kenny Powers is good at a lot of things ... learning and maturing are not among them.

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'Eastbound and Down' Season 2 Premiere Recap

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Sep 27th 2010 10:05AM
['Eastbound and Down' - 'Chapter 7']

We all need a little Kenny Powers in our lives, that one person who is such a raging jackass he makes our stupidest moments shine, and our lowest points inspirational by comparison. If there were nothing sad, evil, or blissfully arrogant and depraved in the world, we would have no concept of what it means to be happy, good, humble or respectful.

In a way, Kenny Powers is America: Ignorant with an unchecked sense of entitlement, boisterous with unwavering bravado, and the person everyone else wishes they had the balls to be. In season one, he had to swallow a lot of things: His pride, pills, his own medicine, presumably lots of microwaved burritos. Now he's back for season two to see what comes out the other end.

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Clickable: The Sexual Wisdom of Kenny Powers (VIDEO)

by Ryan McKee, posted Sep 21st 2010 11:48AM
Danny McBride's character Kenny Powers from 'Eastbound and Down' is arguably the filthiest character to ever be the focus television show. He also has bursts of unique charisma and unwavering confidence in the face worldwide failure. Those latter characteristics get him laid. And in an odd way, his usual repulsive attitude also sets him up to score since it makes any real humanity he shows that much more impressive and surprising.

Maybe you couldn't tell from that first paragraph, but we love Kenny Powers. He is all of those bad things and we still cheer for him. That is why we can't wait for the premier of 'Eastbound and Down's' second season on September 26th. And why we love Nerve.com for compiling a hilarious montage of Powers' animal magnetism.

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