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UPDATE: Batter up: HBO orders second season of 'Eastbound & Down'

April 8, 2009 |  8:39 am

Danny mcbride Kenny Powers may not have made it back to the big leagues last year, but he'll be returning to HBO.

The network has renewed the comedy starring Danny McBride as a has-been pitcher who, after being booted from Major League Baseball, winds up back home in North Carolina teaching Phys Ed. Production on Season 2 will begin later this year for a premiere in 2010.

The show averaged 3.7 million viewers, cumulatively, per episode, according to HBO. Its Sunday-night airings, meanwhile, grew 35% over its six-episode run (617,000 viewers for the premiere vs. 904,000 for the finale.)

"'Eastbound & Down' is a raucous comedy that sparked a loyal and enthusiastic following that grew throughout the season, and we're happy to bring the show back for more innings," HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said in a statement.

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Jody Hill, Danny McBride and Ben Best executive produce.

-- Denise Martin

Photo: Fred Norris / HBO

Update: This post was updated to include ratings information.