The 25 Most Anticipated TV Shows Of 2012

13. Eastbound & Down

Network: HBO
Stars: Danny McBride, Katy Mixon, Steve Little, Greg Cipes, Crispin Freeman, Carlos Alazrqui
Premiere Date: February 19
Why we’re excited: Oh, Kenny Powers… We hardly knew thee. That’s right, Eastbound & Down’s upcoming third season is, assuming that series creators Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and Ben Best don’t pull a Shawn “I’m not really retired” Carter move, the raunchy HBO comedy’s final year.

If you think about it, though, it’s actually a smart move, considering that vulgar baseball has-been Kenny Powers, with all his delusions of grandeur, is the kind of alpha character that can grow obnoxious over a long period of time. Better that McBride’s star-making character leaves on a high, genuinely funny note than an insupportable one, which is what Eastbound & Down is on track to do with news that Jason Sudeikis has joined as a season regular and Will Ferrell’s hilariously insufferable car salesman will resurface.

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