The fifth season of Entourage returns in just a little more than a month on September 7th, and HBO has been running a short promo for a few weeks now. Don't get too excited though. For a season that's going to feature appearances by Jeffrey Tambor, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Tony Bennett, Phil Mickelson, Fran Drescher, and Bow Wow (there's even more that I'm not listing), you'd hope for a small taste of that in the promos. Nope. Business as usual - parties, cars, girls, and lots of Drama. Don't take that as me not being excited though. I read that this season is going to feature a Johnny Drama melt-down on The View. That right there is reason enough to tune it. Video is after the jump.
(S04E03) "Yeah, it was real cozy listening to you snore all night Turtle. And please... tell me I didn't catch you whacking it at four AM?" - Eric
The thought of Turtle tugging it while I'm right next to him repulses me. I can't say that I blame E, but I guess that's what you have to expect when you're living in tight quarters with Drama. As many folks predicted, Drama's condo (which he technically couldn't afford) has become home to the gang... because Vince can't afford anything. Medellin needs to get some positive buzz and as Vince and Ari have realized, that's not going to happen with Eric running around saying the film sucks. The whole ordeal has created this pseudo-fight between Vince and E and so far, I think it's one of the best story lines the show has had.
Fun Q & A with Entourage creator Doug Ellin in the New York Times. They touch on everything from what it was like growing up on Long Island, how much money he makes at HBO, and his irritation at how people nowadays want a quick "home run" in their career instead of working hard for success.
He also has a lot of interesting things to say about the four main characters on the show. HBO originally considered the show a satire, but Ellin had to convince them that it's actually reality and he knows people like this. It's how he perceives friendship and how it was when he was growing up.
He also says that he'd kill himself if his own kids grew up to be like Vince or Drama or Turtle or Eric, so I guess even friendship has its limits. Entourage returns for another season June 17.
OK, so no one has to be told that the final season of The Sopranos starts tonight at 9pm on HBO. After all, there have been tons of news stories about it, if you haven't heard (there might be a spoiler or two at some of those links). But don't forget that Entourage also returns tonight, immediately following The Sopranos at 10pm.
Remember when April and May used to mean the season was winding down on all of the networks? Now here it is Easter and the cable networks are just warming up. Everyone seems to be waiting for Tony and company to come back, but I'm more excited about Entourage. When we last left our heroes, Vince had ended his relationship with agent Ari, so it's going to be interesting to see where they go with the storyline.
Thanks for the Easter candy, HBO!
No other show that I can think of has mastered the art of the tag line quite like Entourage. Sure, you've got your 24's that have beat the "You Don't Know Jack" horse to death or your Nip/Tuck's (a personal favorite of mine) which seem to be content staying with "Tell Me What You Don't Like About Yourself" season after season, but no show seems to keep reinventing its persona every go around quite as well as Vince and the gang.
Perhaps it's a testament to HBO in general, the way they seem to re-package every new season of all their shows to the point where everything feels fresh again. Or it might just be that the creative team behind Entourage does it better than everyone else. Snappy, one-liners that just drive right to the point of each season. Plus, I remember them which actually counts for something in my book.
Fans of Ari's one-liners, Turtle's blunt rolling abilities, and Johnny Drama's diva sized ego can sigh a breath of relief. Info on the next Entourage DVD set has finally been released. The set, which contains the first 12 episodes of season three, will come out on Tuesday, April 3.
Expected to cost $39.98, the set will also contain various commentaries as well as a featurette on the ninth episode of the season, "Vegas Baby, Vegas."
I'm actually excited about this. Ever since I got HBO OnDemand, I've watched the first and second seasons far too many times to count. So I never saw the need to buy them. Season three I only saw once - when it originally aired. I honestly thought the third season (the first half anyway) was a bit of step down from the the first two. So I'd like to see it again because this is definitely one of those shows that gains value with repeat viewings.
Entourage returns to HBO on Sunday, March 18 with the second half of season three premiere, "Dog Day Afternoon."
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(S03E11) It seems only fitting that the week that I fill in for Jonathan, the name of the episode is "What About Bob?" The only thing stranger would be if next week's episode was titled "The Return of Jonathan." (Just checked, it's not.)
While Drama goes to shoot his first scenes for the new Ed Burns flick, Ari, Bob, and Eric go to see a studio head about the Ramones movie, and Vince and Turtle spend the day trying to track down a pair of expensive, limited edition sneakers from a famous Japanese artist.
Some would say it's Jeremy Piven's portrayal as slick agent Ari. Others would choose Adrian Grenier's lead performance as Vince. Still others would choose the goofy charm of Jerry Ferrara's Turtle. But Ron Rosenbaum over at The New York Observer thinks the best thing about the show is Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon).
I never really thought about it before, but he makes a good case. While I see Entourage as more of an ensemble show (with Piven's character coming in often to bust up the four friends), Dillon does give a great performance, and the character is written just right, a little annoying but not so annoying that you don't care about him. And I think we've all met guys like Johnny.
What do you think is the best thing about Entourage?
(S03E04) Drop everything. Ari Gold has officially come up with the most perfect, most vulgar, most offensive, yet hilarious, insult EVER. It's flawless. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you: cunt muscle. It just rolls off your lips. For instance, "Hey (your friend's name), stop being such a cunt muscle." Go on, give it try. I've used it dozens of times and the episode only aired thirty minutes ago. It's that good. Now give yourself a second to take a deep breath (because all our lives are clearly better now that this phrase is in our collective verbal lexicons) and then continue reading.
(S03E03) I must be slow. Only just now did the wordplay of this episode's title make any sense to me. "Dom"inated. Idiot, right here. Dom would be the goofy looking guy in the middle of the picture above. He's an old buddy from back home in Queens, fresh out of prison, and looking to get reacquainted with his old friends. As one would expect, his return went downhill fast. I honestly wasn't too impressed with this episode. First time that's ever happened with Entourage.
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