Yesterday, I talked about my recently lapsed cable service and how I had to pay a hefty late fee to get re-connected so I can watch the first season of Boardwalk Empire. Well, I’m glad I paid up, because HBO just dropped the full trailer for season two of Eastbound and Down, and it looks even more hilariously stupid than the previous installment. The big twist this season is that Kenny Powers—everyone’s favorite steroidal redneck baseball player with a mullet—no longer has a mullet! He has corn rows! He’s also playing baseball in Mexico. I presume we can expect even more off-color, quasi-racist jokes than Chelsea Handler made at the VMAs (snap!).
And yet, somehow this show cracks me up. Maybe it’s just that the time has come for us to accept that HBO’s golden era—Sopranos, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Entourage when it was good, Oz before it got ridiculous, and Arliss after it got canceled—is over. To expect another Sopranos-level drama or Curb-smart comedy is unrealistic and will lead to disappointment. Let’s embrace Eastbound for what it is: cheap and easy laughs for our vulgar, needy souls.