Friday, July 31, 2009

Entourage Renewed for Seventh Season!

Variety is reporting that Entourage has been renewed for a seventh season. The current season is excellent, so this news just makes me happier. Click here for AICN's report.

Sunday, July 26, 2009

6.03 - One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car - Review

What Happened This Week? Turtle’s birthday; Eric came to a realization.

The Funniest Line(s): “Maybe he’s just so small nobody can find him.”

What Made This Episode? Tonight was definitely Turtle’s episode. By trying to become a self made man, the character grew and it provided some great humor along the way. In fact, his moment with with Ari may very well be my favorite moment of any season so far.

However, we cannot forget Eric’s moment. It was just so… fuck it, that was fantastic. Need I say more? His expanding relationship with Marsh also added to the episode.

Favorite Moment? Hands down, it’s Turtle asking Ari for advice. Ferrara really kept his own in his moment with Piven and the scene itself really clicked.

Gripes? As always, this is a tough section for me to write. Unfortunately, I would have liked more of Andrew Klein. Ari and Andrew duked it out last week and yet it doesn’t seem to be on Ari’s mind in this episode.

Honorable Mention: The race track. Great scene. Tonight also featured 50 Cent -- a nice cameo, I thought.

Overall Opinion? Though the premiere is still my favorite, this episode was packed with unforgettable moments and it ranks up there with the best.

Next Week: Drama runs into some trouble on Five Towns; Andrew Klein causes trouble.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

6.02 - Amongst Friends - Review

What Happened This Week? The premiere of the Great Gatsby; Eric moved in; Ari discovered a nasty secret about Andrew Klein

The Funniest Line(s):
"She loves me. You should have seen her eyes bolt like the tailor who was measuring my inseam."

What Made This Episode? The better question would be: what didn’t make this episode?

Amongst Friends was full of nicely drawn humor, a dazzling premiere and Eric’s feelings for Sloan finally coming to fruition. While that seemed enough for thirty minutes, Ashley Marsh was introduced and Andrew Klein admitted a very nasty secret.

Let’s about The Great Gatsby premiere. How well shot was that? The massive crowd only added to the incredible atmosphere. Very well done and reminiscent of the first season. It just felt fun to watch them walk the carpet, especially when the camera revolved around Vince and truly showed how famous he’s become again.

What else was touched upon? As said above, Eric moved into his new house, furthering the themes of independence. It worked for me.

Favorite Moment? Many to like, but my favorite had to be the premiere… screw it, let’s do moments: Lloyd eating his sandwich and then slowly putting it down after Ari yelled at him was priceless.

Gripes? Ashely Marsh. At the moment, I’m unsure how I feel about the character itself, so it’s labeled under gripes for me.

The bigger reveal tonight was obviously Klein’s affair. I didn’t see it coming, but I’m taking a wait-and-see approach.

Honorable Mention: Jami Gertz as Marlo Klein. Definitely hope to see more.

Overall Opinion? Great follow-up to the premiere.

Next Week: Eric struggles with a bad review; The boys head to the track.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Entourage Nominated For Four Emmy's

The Emmy nominations were announced today and Entourage received four nominations. They are:

  • Outstanding Comedy Series -- Entourage
  • Outstanding Directing For A Comedy Series -- Tree Trippers, Julian Farino
  • Outstanding Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series -- Kevin Dillon
  • Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Or A Drama Series (Half-Hour) And Animation - Pie
Congratulations to the cast and crew of Entourage!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Entourage Premiere Ratings

According to James Hibberd at the THR Feed, Entourage not only opened strong with the premiere last week, it doubled last year's premiere ratings with a 3.4. Also according to Hibberd, this was largest audience to view the show in the past few years.

Rejoice. It's great to hear.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

6.01 - Drive - Review

What Happened This Week? Vince learned to drive; Eric considered moving out of Vince’s house; Lloyd battled for a promotion.

The Funniest Line(s): “That’s why when you’re on a hot streak, you gotta press it like blackjack!”

What Made This Episode? First of all, it’s fantastic to see the gang in action again, but the theme of moving on was evident. And it worked. The premiere seemed to rely more on dramatic elements than comedic ones, and the balance between growing up while trying to sustain your relationships was dealt with perfectly.

In all honesty, this felt like the first time that Sloan and Eric’s relationship seemed interesting to me. I hope they continue along this path of a sort of tug-of-war between the two -- I think it’s a nice change from the usual.

We must not, however, ignore Lloyd’s role. His showdown with Ari is already a highlight to me -- he finally took a stand for himself after seasons of being trampled upon.

Favorite Moment? My immediate reaction is to say Lloyd finally defending himself, but Vince sitting alone in his massive mansion alone, while his friends moved on was touching. It worked.

Gripes? Even though I loved the premiere, I have to ask: what’s the goal this season? There’s a theme -- but no apparent goal. We may only be one episode in, but season five had Vince returning to Los Angeles and trying to break back in to Hollywood. Season four was about Medellin. Season six is about… making the Enzo Ferrari film? Hopefully the goal will become more clear as the season progresses.

Overall Opinion? Aside from a few gripes, this was the perfect premiere.

Next Week: Gatsby premiere. Need I say more?

Reminder: Today Is The Day!

I don't think anyone realizes how long I've waited to post this. Today is the day -- the premiere is here. All this waiting and anticipation is finally over. Vince is back. Ari is back.

I can't wait.

Friday, July 10, 2009

Entourage Premiere In Los Angeles!

With Sunday fast approaching, the news is literally streaming in. Last night, the star studded premiere for the sixth season was held and the entire cast was in attendance. You can click here to see pictures of the event.

USA Today Interview with Doug Ellin

It's interview time. Gary Strauss of USA Today interviewed Doug Ellin about the upcoming season and premiere. Ellin talks about the complications that arise with the show centering around an actor and according to Strauss, Ellin is hoping for two more seasons of the show.

Click here to read.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

More Reviews

A list of the newer reviews:

Kansas City: "...Vince and the boys are welcome in my living room again."

Variety: "...Despite being renowned for fast-lane glitz, "Entourage's" new season gets off to a rather plodding start."

TV Squad: "...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."

Detroit News: "...Well, the sixth-season opener, which premieres Sunday night, answers that question wonderfully. Not only is there more to explore but it's actually a treat finding out how much some of the characters have evolved."

Chicago Sun Times: "...If you can swallow that one -- and I chose to shrug and believe -- then you'll have plenty of fun with the boys."

Observer: "...and luckily for us, we still have Entourage to brighten our Sunday nights. The boys are, indeed, back."

New York Daily News: "...Still, it should reassure viewers that "Entourage" isn't abandoning its core mission of finding humor in the shallow waters of big-time showbiz."

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Second Review Is In!

While the first review of the season premiere was negative, this new review is... well, negative. What other word can I use to describe it? Lee Hernandez of Latina has posted his review and ultimately dislikes it:

In the new season, the one-time commitment-phobic boys from Queens act more like single New York women searching for love than they do rich bachelors on the prowl. There’s a lot of talk about loneliness, growing up, isolation, settling down, and man's inability to commit.

You can read the rest of the review here.

Sunday, July 5, 2009

First Review Is In!

The first review for the new season is in.

Andrew Wallenstein of The Hollywood Reporter has a mixed reaction to the premiere and the second episode: "...many a Hollywood actor has managed to sustain a long-term career with little discernible talent, drive or effort. So too "Entourage," the HBO series heading into its sixth season that, like its movie star protagonist Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), coasts along on charm and little else."

Unfortunately the rest of the review, which can be found here, continues talk of the low stakes for the characters and a slow start to the new season. We can only hope more positive reactions begin to come in.