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Check It Out: Eastbound & Down TONIGHT on HBO

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One of a handful of baseball cards you can download from the HBO site. Photo courtesy HBO.

Let’s assume you’re a reasonably intelligent person who also has HBO. It would be easy to assume, then (since you are reasonably intelligent) that at 10 o’clock tonight you will be watching Flight of the Conchords on your HBO-enabled viewing box of choice. Again, seems reasonable enough.

Why, then, in your reasonably-sized brain, would you ever have the idea to change the channel once FOTC is off, when Eastbound & Down premieres immediately afterwards?To be blunt, you’d have to be a fucking idiot. And we’ve scientifically reasoned that you’re not an idiot. All the better for you, since the latest vehicle for comedy all-star Danny McBride is absolutely friggin’ hilarious. LAist got a sneak peek at the premiere episode that is airing tonight at 10:30p on HBO. McBride stars as Kenny Powers, a once-promising MLB pitcher who quickly lets his bad attitude, ignorance, and blatant racism get in the way of his future, and is bounced from the league with little fanfare and more than a few catcalls. Still holding on to his strong self-image, Powers returns to his hometown and takes the vacant gym teacher position at his former high school, while hoping to reignite some of the sexyfuntime he had with a former fling who is now engaged to the principal (Andy Daly).

If you don’t know the Danny McBride name you surely know the face. It is the face of some of the funniest parts of Tropic Thunder, the high-pitched “thug liiiiiife” soundbyte from the Pineapple Express trailer that you wouldn’t stop quoting for a month, and other top-notch spots in Superbad, Hot Rod, Drillbit Taylor. Oh, and he wrote and starred in The Foot Fist Way, the film-circuit darling that got picked up by Gary Sanchez Productions and given a home under the wing of Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Speaking of which, you’ll never guess who’s producing Eastbound & Down...yup. You ARE smart.

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And it would be a downright travesty to not mention co-start Andy Daly, one of the best current character men around. His turns on television haven’t always given him his due, but if you’ve ever seen him performing around LA or picked up his comedy CD Nine Sweaters, you know this man is pure magic.

Eastbound & Down: tonight, 10p. HBO. Just after Flight of the Conchords, dummy. Do it.