Danny McBride plays washed-up ballplayer for HBO

NEW YORK (AP) -- Given the current climate of Major League Baseball, the new HBO comedy series "Eastbound & Down" seems to be quite fitting and timely. And it has a North Carolina flair.

In the new show, Danny McBride plays Kenny Powers, a reliever whose career rapidly implodes, leaving him a substitute teacher back in his North Carolina hometown.

Powers will remind baseball fans of Atlanta Braves reliever John Rocker, and his mullet will bring to mind the lanky Randy Johnson. But McBride and his co-writers Jody Hill and Ben Best aren't great baseball fans and had no particular player in mind when they fashioned Powers.

"Eastbound & Down" is produced by Will Ferrell and Adam McKay. Ferrell also plays a used car salesman in the show, which was shot in Wilmington.

McBride, Hill and Best met while studying filmmaking at the North Carolina School of the Arts.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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