Personally, if Danny McBride and Jody Hill's gloriously profane HBO creation Eastbound and Down had ended after one season, it might be one of the most perfect television shows ever made. The subsequent three seasons, while still being generally funny and an interesting character study, have diluted the show and Kenny Powers (still played perfectly by McBride) himself. The audience has clearly signaled that they're tiring of it, with the fourth season premiere shedding about 40 percent of the third season premiere's audience.
However, there's something that's made the fourth season of Eastbound and Down kind of delightful to watch. The season premiere has set up that Kenny Powers has left his life of fame and baseball to settle down with his beloved April and their two children. A chance meeting with one of his former baseball teammates, Guy Young (Ken Marino), has afforded Kenny the opportunity to guest star on his talk show, Sports Sesh.
Now, Eastbound and Down has always remained a somewhat sports-adjacent show, despite the career of its main character. The third season, with Kenny trying to climb his way through the minors, is probably the closest the series have ever gotten to really trying to be a show about an athlete. Even then, it's still mostly about finding some sort of redemption in this terrible human being who keeps finding himself with second chances.
McBride and Hill, the creators and executive producers of the show, have really done their homework with the creation of Sports Sesh with Guy Young, However. Here's a video of the highlights of the show from a recent episode (NSFW: Language).
No one is sick of Kenny Powers.. Remember that the Season 3 was released in Spring 2012? It wasn't announced until earlier this year that Kenny Powers will not be retired yet (apart from his K-Swiss endorsements from early last year) and will have one more season.
The show is great and the reason we have another season is because PEOPLE WANTED POWERS.
While I understand that this season's premiere was significantly less popular... lets think of the circumstances:
EB&D was overshadowed by the series finale of Breaking Bad.. not only advertisement wise but the fact is that not all of us fans of Kenny Powers have HBO and must humbly wait for a digital download or DVD. I unsubscribed from HBO after Spring of last year since I was under the assumption that EB&D was over... Luckily it isn't because the ending was kind of lame...