Eastbound and Down

How ‘Eastbound and Down’ Season 4 Makes Us Love Kenny Powers Again

“Antihero” is a major buzzword these days, especially when it comes to describing the (mostly male) protagonists on cable dramas. From the beginning of HBO’s renaissance of original programming, the antihero has been the staple for both its dramatic and comedy series, and Danny McBride’s Kenny Powers could fairly be put into that category. By the middle of the third season, however, it was hard to root for Kenny Powers; he has always been a despicable, misogynistic, redneck asshole, and the plot device that found him having to raise his son, Toby, barely humanized him at all. It’s hard to admit that the idea of a fourth season of Kenny Powers screwing over everyone in his life was not something I was looking forward to. To continue the show successfully, Danny McBride and company would have to figure out how to make the audience like Kenny again. … Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. R. Kelly says that he realized his marriage of 12 years was over after he watched The Notebook. No, seriously. “As the film credits started to roll, I couldn’t move,” he writes in his new memoir. “I burst into tears. People walking past me patted me on the back, trying to console me.” [via… Read More

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The Morning’s Top 5 Pop Culture Stories

1. Exciting news: Leonard Cohen has announced that he’s touring North America in November and December to promote Old Ideas, the 77-year-old legend’s first studio album since 2004. The 11 scheduled dates will conclude with two performances in New York City: one at Madison Square Garden, and the other at Brooklyn’s brand new Barclays Center.… Read More

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Why Are All the Mean Ladies on TV Named Tammy?

Folks, we’ve realized a silly trend in recent comedy TV — the minor bitch characters are always named Tammy. Now, before you get your Dillon Panthers jerseys in a bundle, we’re not counting Tami Taylor from Friday Night Lights; she’s a “Tami,” not a “Tammy,” and guidance counselors named Tami are clearly sweethearts. Anyway, we came to this revelation while watching an episode of Parks and Recreation (featuring Tammy Two) and mumbling to ourselves, “This is classic Tammy,” appropriating Charlie Kelly’s short-lived catchphrase from season one of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Do you know a girl named Tammy? Is she “the eye of Satan’s butthole” like the second Tammy Swanson? Or is she “the cold, distant mother [April] never had” like the first? Does she exploit gangly bartenders like the teenage Tammy of Paddy’s Pub? As it turns out, Ron Swanson and Dennis Reynolds aren’t the only suckers to have coped with saucy Tammys — check out our gatherings after the jump. We call this “The Tammy Theory,” or a roundup of coincidentally treacherous TV Tammys. P.S. If your name is Tammy, we’re sure you’re a very, very nice person. … Read More

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Open Thread: Movies or TV? Or Both? Or Neither?

James Wolcott loses me in the first line of his much-discussed Variety Fair piece “Prime Time’s Graduation,” which is pretty impressive, as far as those things go. “After I fell out of love with movies,” he writes, and I’ve checked out already — even more so with the parenthetical that follows: “(new movies, that is — classic Hollywood I still adulate)”. Oh goody, he’s one of those, one of the overbearing boors who insists nothing worthwhile has come out of Hollywood since Jaws, or Ben-Hur, or (if you’re a real, Bogdanovich-style purist) since the takeover of the talkies. But no, it’s worse: Mr. Wolcott is one of these inexplicable “TV is better than movies” people, and because he’s writing for one of the few remaining major glossies (to-do: write my “movies are better than magazines” piece), we now have to have this whole cultural conversation about whether television has, in fact, “surpassed” the motion picture. … Read More

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An Offbeat Gift Guide for TV Lovers

Do you have an older brother who speaks in Ron Swanson quotes? Or a best friend who went as Blue Man Tobias Fünke for Halloween? Or a younger sister who sings “Night Cheese” in her sleep? If yes, this gift guide is for you! Sometimes, season DVD/Blu-ray sets just won’t cut it for our favorite modern TV aficionados. Firstly, because they probably already own ‘em. And secondly? Well, they’re just not original enough. These people deserve silly, offbeat TV-related gifts that will make them chuckle and ask, “Where in the world did you find this?” Then you’ll bring them here and we’ll all high-five and eat “meat tornado” cookies. Or not. Either way, check out some TV-themed trash bags and binoculars after the jump. … Read More

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Wanted: PaleyFest 2011 Limited-Edition Posters

PaleyFest — an annual event where the casts and creative teams behind the most popular TV shows converge to geek out for the benefit of fans — is currently underway in Los Angeles, and Gallery 1988 has commissioned a handful of artists and illustrators to design limited-edition posters for this year’s honorees, which include Freaks and Geeks, Eastbound & Down, Parks & Recreation, True Blood, Glee, and The Walking Dead. Click through to check them out, and if you like what you see, be sure to pick up your favorite in Gallery 1988’s online shop where they’re currently available for $35 a pop. … Read More

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Flavorwire Required Viewing: Eastbound & Down

Last night we met Kenny Powers of HBO’s latest comedy series Eastbound & Down, played by scene-stealer Danny McBride of Pineapple Express and Tropic Thunder fame. [Editor's note: We love him the most in the 2003 indie, All The Real Girls, and we'd argue that he's the only thing that makes Pineapple Express bearable.] Kenny is a man with a dream. At age 9, he knew he was going to be a Major Leaguer. With a foulmouthed catchphrase (“You’re F**king Out“), he was set for a life as baseball’s worst hero. … Read More

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