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'Eastbound & Down': The end is near

Star Danny McBride confirmed that the show will end after the third season

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Say it ain’t so, Kenny Powers! At a recent Paley Center for Media tribute to HBO’s cult hit Eastbound & Down moderated by EW in Los Angeles, star Danny McBride laid some not-so-pleasant news on the 800 or so fans who attended: He and fellow exec producer Jody Hill aren’t looking to continue the story of the down-and-out major leaguer beyond a third season. ”We’ve always imagined this thing as something that we would keep short and not give a chance to get old,” McBride said. ”We approached last season as if it were an act of a larger story, and so the third season, to us, has always been the climax of this story we set out to tell.” The half-hour comedy will go into production this summer, with a likely premiere in early 2012. McBride and Hill couldn’t spill much — they’re writing the final episodes now — but they did say Kenny will return to Shelby, N.C., and that Katy Mixon’s April Buchanon will be back, as will Kenny’s buddy Stevie (Steve Little). Said McBride: ”The last season ended with Kenny finding out that he’s going to have a kid, so this season obviously kind of deals with that, and him continuing his hunt for the majors.” Why not stage a big-league comeback in a fourth season?

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