Hercules Has Seen
EASTBOUND & DOWN, The HBO Series From Will Ferrell And The Folks Behind FOOT FIST WAY!!
A six-episode HBO comedy from the "Foot Fist Way" team of writer-director Jody Hill, screenwriter Ben Best and writer-actor Danny McBride, "Eastbound & Down" follows a vulgar, racist, homophobic, narcissistic, dope-addled, deluded and tax-evading former major-league pitcher named Kenny Powers who finds himself reduced to serving as a P.E. coach.
Besides McBride ("Pineapple Express," "Tropic Thunder"), the series stars John Hawkes ("Deadwood"), Jennifer Irwin ("Still Standing"), Katy Mixon ("Four Christmases") and Andrew Daly ("Mad TV").
It holds a handful of solid-gold gags, and a lot of waiting between solid-gold gags. McBride's no Will Ferrell (who produces the show with "Anchorman"/"Talledega Nights"/"Step Brothers" co-writer-director Adam McKay) in the kind of role Ferrell practically trademarked, but I suppose there's enough funny here in episode one to lure me (and, I suspect, other fans of "Flight of the Conchords") back, especially since Ferrell himself is slated to guest-star in at least one upcoming episode.
10:30 p.m. Sunday. HBO.