In Depth

HBO Sets Second 'Eastbound & Down' Season

HBO said it ordered a second season of its comedy series “Eastbound & Down.”

Season one of the show, which stars Danny McBride as self-destructive former major league pitcher Kenny Powers, concluded its six-episode run in March. Production on new episodes is expected to begin later this year and the plan is for them to appear on the channel in 2010.

“Eastbound & Down’s” raucous comedy sparked a loyal and enthusiastic following that grew throughout the season, and we’re happy to bring the show back for more innings,” Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president, programming group and West Coast operations, said in a statement.  “It will be fun to see what happens to Kenny in season two.”

The executive producers of “Eastbound & Down” are Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best.