Eastbound and Down season two mini-review

Katy Mixon, who plays April, had big news: Kenny Powers is about to be a dad.

                                                                                      The season finale of Eastbound and Down aired on Sunday evening, but I just got around to watching it yesterday. If you hearken back to the premiere two months ago, I was unsure of how this season would go. I guess I couldn’t picture the show without the season one cast.

Although I had my doubts, and I’ve read some critical reviews, I thought it was a pretty hilarious season overall. After Stevie joined Kenny in Mexico in episode two, some notable guest stars (Don Johnson as Alberto Sanchez and Matthew McConaughey as Pat Anderson’s scout were particularly hilarious) rounded the new cast members off nicely.

The season finale, in which Kenny comes back to Shelby, North Carolina to make up with April,  was a welcome return to the familiar faces from season one, including Kenny’s family, his drug addict friends at the bar and the staff at La Escuela (The School).

By now, fans of the show should know that Kenny got a big surprise from April, who has a Powers bun in the oven. This is an interesting and completely unexpected plot twist, and it definitely has me intrigued for season three.

My favorite quote from this season: “Just trust me…It’s better to be strangled by a necklace of Mexicans, than to be strangled by no one at all…”

A Kenny Powers comeback

Stevie's back, and more awesome than ever.

                                        I was so disappointed with Eastbound and Down last week that I considered not watching the most recent installment. But, my forgiving nature told me to give the show the benefit of the doubt. After all, first episodes of new seasons (particularly those preceded by a long break from the previous season) can be all about explaining, catching up and starting from scratch.

So, with hope and trepidation, I queued up the episode, and what a surprise it was. I won’t go into graphic detail, but those of you who watch Eastbound and Down know that the opening scene with Stevie and the prostitute was hilarious, disgusting and true to form.

The following 30 minutes had me in stitches, as Kenny shot Stevie in the leg, met the Charro’s eccentric owner, played his first comeback game and agreed to take Stevie in as a roommate/errand boy. I’m hooked for season two, and now that Stevie is back I am hoping to see even more of Danny McBride’s hilarious co-stars from season one return.

I’m not lovin’ it

After a long wait, the second season premiere of Eastbound and Down fell flat.

                                                                             There’s a lot to love about TV this fall (see Monday’s post if you want specifics). On Thursday’s alone, I am watching or recording six shows. Sundays are also good, with Dexter and Boardwalk Empire competing for best show in the 9 o’clock hour. With all of these positive reviews, you might be wondering, “Is there any TV show she doesn’t like?” The answer is yes.

In general, I’m not a fan of procedural cop dramas (aside from my recently professed, out-of-the-closet devotion to Mark Harmon and NCIS). However, there are times when I might try one of these out of respect for and actor, writer or director. Case in point, Detroit 1-8-7 (ABC, Tuesday, 10 p.m.). You might remember that I recently watched and thoroughly enjoyed The Sopranos (see my full review). One of my favorite actors on this show was Michael Imperioli, who played Christopher. So, I tuned in for Detroit 1-8-7. For about 10 minutes. The show evoked this one word review: generic.

The other big disappointment this year is Eastbound and Down, which had a hilarious first season. Although it could progress and become funnier, the premiere was downright dull. Taking Kenny away from all the regular cast members is a mistake. Danny McBride is very funny, but the show only works when his shenanigans are accented by John Hawkes (who plays his brother, Dustin), Steve Little (who plays Stevie), and Katy Mixon (who plays April). The change of scenery to Mexico leaves much to be desired, with most of the jokes in the premiere revolving around his misadventures in cock fighting with two rapscallions. It just didn’t work for me. Let’s hope things get better, or I’ll be cutting this out of my Sunday line-up pretty quickly.

What new shows have you tried and disliked? What returning shows have disappointed you?

Everyone, including me, is watching

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. Has anyone seen the new HBO teaser trailer?

I watched it today, on the lookout for anything related to the next season of True Blood, which I am absolutely addicted to. As a matter of fact, I didn’t have cable until True Blood came to HBO – I had been a long-time fan of the Charlaine Harris books, and was thrilled when she announced the show. And, true to form, HBO delivered. The first and second seasons were great – and I can hardly wait until June when season three begins.

Needless to say, this short trailer is not giving too much away. But, we do see Jessica at the very end dragging a body into what looks like Bill’s house. So we can assume she’s a girl gone wild (which seemed evident in the last episode of season 2). I just hope it’s not poor Hoyt she’s dragging in – they make such a sweet couple on the show. Nice shot of Eric in there, by the way.

Other items to note about the trailer:

  • Ricky Gervais Show: I’ve been watching this season and it’s pretty hilarious. Karl Pilkington, Monkey News – it’s all good and definitely makes me chuckle. Is anybody else watching this?
  • Funny or Die Presents: Thus far, I have been disappointed in this latest effort from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Aside from a few funny bits (Drunk History and Snakes come to mind) the show is just plain silly – and not always in a good way. Its saving grace is that it has about a 26-minute run time. Sometime’s I’m astounded that HBO actually went for this.
  • Boardwalk Empire: I’m going to give this show a try when it comes on. It looks to be a hard-edge drama, along the lines of the Sopranos (which I never watched, but have been thinking about checking out on DVD). I’m a fan of Steve Buscemi, so I have high hopes for this one. Is anyone else going to tune in?
  • Where is Kenny-effing Powers? I really hope HBO isn’t going to abandon Eastbound and Down.