Timing is everything. On the heels of A-Rod juicing, Plaxico shooting, and various other athletes behaving badly, comes East Bound and Down, a new HBO series about an arrogant, burned-out, former major-league star pitcher. After a spectacular career flame-out, he’s forced to return home to North Carolina to teach Phys Ed at the middle school he once attended. Wreaking havoc, cashing in the last of his dying fame, and plotting his inevitable comeback. While hilarity ensues.
How much hilarity? The series is executive produced by Will Ferrell (guest staring in two episodes, with hair that stomps all over Ron Burgundy’s coif), longtime partner Adam McKay, and Danny (Pineapple Express) McBride, who plays the mullet-sporting former big league reliever, Kenny Powers. You can say there’s high probability for hilarity.
The show premiers Sunday Feb 15 at 10:30pm on HBO. (And will probably be replayed every hour on one of the dozen or so HBO stations.) I heard a rumor MLB might make this required viewing for its players.