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Entourage: “Lifestyles of the Rich and the Famous”

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Entourage is an American television series that premiered July 18, 2004 on HBO. The series, created and largely written by Doug Ellin, tells the story of Vincent Chase, a young movie star; his brother, a former television actor Johnny Chase; and two childhood friends-“E” or Eric Murphy, and “Turtle,” whose real name in the series is Salvatore Assante, all of the main cast is from Queens, New York City and they learn to deal with life in Los Angeles, Calif.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson serve as the show’s executive producers.  The show’s stories are loosely based on Wahlberg’s experiences as an up-and-coming film star and deal with themes of male friendship, bonding and real-life situations in modern-day Hollywood.  The show is known for its vast array of guest stars, usually featuring at least two celebrities per episode.

Entourage was renewed for its eighth and final season of eight episodes, which premiered on July 24 and concluded on Sept. 11.  A film about the series is tentatively planned after the series ends.  Recently, while attending the Television Critics Association Press Tour in Beverly Hills July 28 to discuss the comedy’s final season, Doug Ellin confirmed rumors of the film.

“We’re gonna do a movie,” Ellin said. “It’s a question of when and how quick. We’ll make it happen.”
Besides the series’ characters’ stories, Entourage provides a window into the glamour and pitfalls of Hollywood life. It delves into real-life issues some of which are adult in nature including drug use, sex, and the use of explicit and vulgar profanity. Despite, or possibly as a result of, these adult themes it generally is a series that is enthralling for men and women.

Entourage has been described as a “Sex in the City” type show for men.  If Sex and the City’s fashion, shoes and Cosmopolitans were replaced with flashy cars, mansions and scantily clad women, Entourage’s male appeal becomes even more evident.  But that boost of testosterone doesn’t mean all the writers are men.
The Entourage characters do not drink Cosmopolitans. Instead they do shots or drink beer. Entourage characters don’t carry purses; they drive Ferraris and Rolls Royces. Entourage frequently includes scenes with its characters smoking pot and dating women with almost unbelievably spectacular looks. In short, these characters live the high life, which is seemingly just a phone call away.

Although the Entourage characters are fictional, some are actually based on real people.  Ari Gold, who is the main character Vincent Chase’s agent, is based on Ari Emanuel, a former Chicagoan now Hollywood agent who also happens to be the brother of Rahm Emmanuel, Chicago’s mayor, and who is also the agent in real life of Mark Wahlberg.

So if you missed the final episode of the final season, which first aired on Sept. 11, you should be able to watch reruns on other non-specialty channels like WGN, America and Spike TV, since the show has been syndicated.

Neil Helfgot, Staff Reporter


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