HBO’s Eastbound & Down Trailer and Premiere Date

The latest chapter in HBO’s quest to secure a new hit series finds them teaming up with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, the very same guys who made Anchorman, Talladega Nights and Step Brothers. You may remember that they also championed the heck out of a little indie comedy called The Foot Fist Way last year, and their new show is another collaboration between writer/director Jody Hill, co-writer Ben Best and star Danny McBride. It’s called Eastbound & Down, with McBride playing a disgraced major league pitcher who is forced to return to his hometown where he gets a job as a gym teacher.

The pilot episode leaked onto torrent sites sometime last year, showcasing McBride in all his mullet-sporting, mean-spirited glory. I’m not sure if that is the reason why the show is now getting rushed to air so quickly, but late last year they shot the six episodes for the first season. With Jody Hill busy directing the new Seth Rogen movie Observe and Report, they called in David Gordon Green (All The Real Girls, Pineapple Express) to take over. I think this has a lot of potential, and it could end up being just what HBO needs. Ferrell himself even has a small part, which can’t hurt. The good news is, they’ve finally set a premiere date of Sunday, Feb. 15, at 10:30 p.m. Head over to the official website (linked below) to see a trailer that includes clips of the show and interviews with Ferrell and McBride.

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  • swarez

    This could be a new sports comedy cut in to six episodes. That’s how it feels like.

  • Ian

    I’m really looking forward to this show. The premise and McBride sounds like a winner.

  • john

    should be a great show can not wait to see it

  • “for your information i have full-sized balls. next question”

    gonna rule!

  • Jay

    All im sayin is that The Foot Fist Way was one of the funniest non popular movies of all time! This show is goin to be sweeeeeeet.

  • Goon

    torrenting ep 1 now. anyone seen this yet? was it any good?

  • Yeah I thought the pilot was hilarious. We’ll see if they can maintain it over a series, but if you liked The Foot Fist Way, I think you’ll definitely like this.

  • Goon

    Yeah, it was awesome. Loved it. I agree in wondering how many eps you can make with a character like that, but for now its gold.

  • Goon

    2nd one was good. David Gordon Green directed this one, I wonder if there’ll be another surprise directors if they’ll stick with that tandem.

  • Actually I think David Gordon Green did most of the episodes aside from the pilot because Jody Hill was busy directing Observe & Report. Agreed, the second episode was also solid.

  • Goon

    One thing that I hope is going to happen now seeing this second ep is that the characters remain kind of goofy and detestable, and that some are essentially still the same one dimensional characters – yet that spending a lot of time with these types of characters gives you hints of more rather than an explosion of more.

    I mean, think of all the people in your life that seem like they don’t have a personality, who are maybe just either shy, extremely shallow, or awkward around people. This is one area where sometimes comedies and satire feel like real life, because most serious dramas aren’t going to touch on a quiet harmless weirdo or someone that is just a lying egotistical asshole.