“You know when we set this up, it as always going to be as a three season arc and I think we just feel that we’ve been given the opportunity to complete that dream and we do have a great time doing it, so who knows what will happen after this — if it’s something that maybe we’ll come back to one day or maybe we won’t,” Danny McBride told us last spring about concluding “Eastbound & Down.” But it looks like HBO wants some extra innings of the baseball centered comedy that was expected to be over and finished after the third season wrapped up in April.
Citing strong viewer numbers (1.3 million for the season premiere and 1.1 million for the finale, which isn’t a bad hold at all), HBO will give “Eastbound & Down” another eight episodes for a fourth season. The move is certainly a big surprise, with the renewal coming more than two months after the show ended, but it seems the cable network is looking to bolster their comedy offerings, which currently include “Girls” and “Veep.” This continues a busy, pre-July 4th day down at HBO as they also re-upped “The Newsroom” and “True Blood.” Talk about fireworks.
No word yet on which of the regulars or frequent guest stars will return, but considering that everyone involved has a blast with the a show, we’re guess folks like Will Ferrell, Jason Sudeikis and even Matthew McConaughey will try and clear time in their schedule if the requests are made. So Kenny Powers fans, good news — the pitcher is coming off the bench once again. [Variety]