HBO has had plenty of trouble with comedy this past year, as laffers Hung and The Ricky Gervais Show were revealed to be concluding their runs after a number of years on the network. While Girls and Veep have been renewed to bring the genre back, it seems HBO is losing a pop culture icon in Danny McBride’s baseball player Kenny Powers. In April, the pay-cable network concluded the final season of Eastbound and Downwith a series finale that certainly had some fans talking. But, it seems Powers’ quest isn’t over just yet because HBO wants to go into the 10th inning as they’ve just resurrected the hit series for one more year.
Variety reports that HBO themselves have confirmed they have picked up Eastbound and Down for a fourth season. Consisting of eight episodes, it’s unclear exactly what brought HBO to the decision to bring the comedy series back after what was confirmed as its third and final season. Danny McBride will return as Powers, and in an executive producing role alongside Will Ferrell, Chris Henchy, Adam McKay, and Jody Hill. It’s unclear exactly who will else will return following the final moments of the finale, which left Powers a very family-focused man.
The third season of the series had premiered with 1.3 million viewers, and the finale drew 1.1 million. Given that the series was paired with duds Life’s Too Short and Luck, HBO might be willing to pair the show up with something stronger to extend its life. Or, it could be the fact that Eastbound and Downaveraged more viewers than hit series Girls, which was critically acclaimed but managed to rank mostly below one million viewers after nearly every episode.
This has become HBO’s third pick-up of the day, as they also renewed The Newsroom for a second season, while True Bloodhas received a Season 6. All three series are expected to air sometime next year.