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Ahead Of "Eastbound & Down" Finale, Cult Following Bids Farewell

HBO on Sunday at 10:00pm ET will televise the series finale of "Eastbound & Down," which stars Danny McBride as fictional minor-league pitcher Kenny Powers. The show in its four seasons has had "limited" mainstream appeal, with average viewers peaking in Season Two at 1.5 million. But the "cult of 'Eastbound & Down' is staunch, with YouTube highlights, Twitter feeds and fan sites" (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 11/15). USA TODAY's Whitney Matheson writes the show "said almost as much about style as Carrie Bradshaw and presented a man just as hard to love as Tony Soprano" (, 11/15).

HBO ran a full-page ad in Friday's N.Y. Times touting the series finale. The ad features the Kenny Powers character walking off a pitching mound with the copy, "It's Been Your Pleasure." runs a slideshow of some of Powers' best outfits from the show, while the latest issue of Rolling Stone features a guest column from pop star Ke$ha paying tribute to the series. THE DAILY last year interviewed Myrtle Beach Pelicans Chair & Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg about the Single-A Carolina League club's involvement with the show (THE DAILY).
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