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Entourage, season six -- An early look

by Jonathan Toomey, posted Jul 8th 2009 2:00PM

(L-R): Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jeremy Piven, Adrian Grenier, and Jerry Ferrara star in HBO's 'Entourage.'
Like many shows before it, Entourage has officially reached a point where the title of the program doesn't exactly make total sense anymore. Think season two of Prison Break after they had, you know... broken out of prison. In this case, we've spent five seasons watching boys become men, and much like the tagline for Entourage's sixth season plainly spells out, "life changes, friends don't." What exactly happens when Vince no longer has an entourage?

The show gets a helluva lot more interesting is what happens.

Feeling fresh again in a way that it hasn't since its debut season, Entourage is poised to shed all the story lines that have not necessarily plagued the show over the years, but have certainly been recycled to the point of absurdity. Fans of the comedy know what I'm talking about:

Vince can make that movie!
Vince can't make that movie!
That studio head hates Vince!
That studio head loves Vince!
We're rich!
We're poor!
...and on and on and on...

With Scorsese's re-imagining of The Great Gatsby wrapped (no love for New York in the season's two opening eps I screened, as last season's finale suggested we might get a taste of), Vince is finally a hot commodity already having his next project lined up.

With his career no longer in Medellin-induced jeopardy, it makes room for the rest of the cast to do something practically unheard of in the Entourage universe: evolve. All the pieces have been in place (Drama and Five Towns, Eric and his management career, Turtle's budding romance with Jamie-Lynn Sigler and his attempt at music management and promotion), but they constantly got pushed aside because of Vince's aforementioned career issues.

More importantly, it elevates Vince as a more crucial character to the story. He's never truly been the focus of the show, but with the rest of his crew pursuing their own dreams instead of worrying about his, it peels away a huge layer of what made Vince tic. The notion of independence and what that entails for everyone's individual future is played out for each character over the season premiere - even Lloyd.

What hasn't changed? The humor. The fact that the show has gotten a touch more serious doesn't mean that it's any less funny. All the dialogue that made you love the show in the first place is still intact. Ari, along with Andrew (Gary Cole), are hilarious together and Drama, if you can believe it, sounds stupider than ever. Fan faves make returns too, including Babs (Beverly D'Angelo), Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), and Shauna (Debi Mazar).

It's an interesting concept, especially for this show. Friends don't always have the same goals and what was once an entourage can sometimes become a group of acquaintances as a result of it. I'm sure Vinny and the boys won't let it go that far, but watching them combat it will be the fun part.

Entourage returns to HBO for its sixth season this Sunday night, 7/12, at 10:30PM ET after Hung.

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Jude

This is the best-written television show analysis I've ever read on this site. I just finished watching the last season, acquired on rental from Netflix, so it will be a year before I see *this* season, but I'm saving this article in my delicious bookmarks so I can read it then. Well done.

July 08 2009 at 11:45 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

VICTORY!

July 08 2009 at 3:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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