"Entourage" has become a wildly successful series for HBO, which started in 2004 and has nabbed 6 Golden Globe noms and 4 Emmy wins. The series, which is produced by Doug Ellin, Mark Wahlberg, and Stephen Levinson, is based loosely upon the early years of Whalberg's career as an actor. The series revolves around Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), a young actor who has become the "next big thing", and the series follows his rise to stardom.
Coming along for the ride are his childhood friends from Queens - Johnny Drama (Kevin Dillon), his older brother and an actor with limited success in the field; Vince's business manager Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Turtle (Jerry Ferarra), who generally plays the cheerleader and general assistant to Vince and the group. There's also Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven), Vince's snake-ish, hardworking agent who remains deeply cynical, sarcastic and drunk on his own power and ego.
The sixth season of the series sees the show still managing to power forward, but the series has started to get to the point where it has become mildly repetitive as Vince and friends stumble and find triumph around the corner - again.
The sixth season of the series sees Vince having rebounded after working on a film with Scorsese and trying to move on to another project (a bio of Enzo Ferrari), while Eric (Kevin Connolly) has moved up in the management business and eventually goes to work at another agency, where he fields an unusual request from potential client Bob Saget. Eric also tries to start a new relationship with Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui), while also entertaining the attention of another girl.
Meanwhile, Drama (Kevin Dillon) has to make the decision on where his career will head to next, and Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) has relationship drama with Jamie Lynn-Sigler. Ari must face the growing anger from Lloyd (Rex Lee), who wants to move up in the world and is tired of Ari's wrath.
The season is a little less focused on the core of Vince and instead moves the focus to each of the main characters, who actually get a little more mature over the season. While "Entourage" is still "Entourage", there are some genuinely nice moments scattered throughout the season. The characters are still engaging, but some of the separate stories are admittedly ground that the series has gone over more than a couple of times before. That doesn't mean they're not entertaining, but they are familiar.
"Entourage" still manages to entertain with its balance of an inside look at the entertainment industry and lightly spoofing both the scene. This time around, however, the series sees the characters starting to move on. There's also some terrifically funny cameos, such as a Bob Saget cameo and a fantastic Matt Demon cameo where the actor aggressively tries to get donations for his charity. Aaron Sorkin also offers a terrific little cameo, and Gary Cole comes back in an excellent supporting role.
The performances are pretty good, as Grenier has really never been better than he has here as an actor trying to do what's necessary to keep him on top of the world. However, it's Dillon, Ferarra and Piven who handle the humor of the series - Piven continues to impress with his portrayal of a world-class jerk.
• Season 6
67 6-01 12/Jul/09 Drive
68 6-02 19/Jul/09 Amongst Friends
69 6-03 26/Jul/09 One Car, Two Car, Red Car, Blue Car
70 6-04 02/Aug/09 Running On E
71 6-05 09/Aug/09 Fore
72 6-06 16/Aug/09 Murphy's Lie
73 6-07 23/Aug/09 No More Drama
74 6-08 30/Aug/09 The Sorkin Notes
75 6-09 13/Sep/09 Security Briefs
76 6-10 20/Sep/09 Berried Alive
77 6-11 27/Sep/09 Scared Straight
78 6-12 04/Oct/09 Give A Little Bit
VIDEO: "Entourage" is presented by HBO Home Video in 1.33:1 full-frame. The show looked quite good here, as sharpness and detail remain consistently fine throughout the show, even in some of the dimly-lit sequences. Some minor shimmering was spotted, but the picture looked clean for the majority of the running time. Colors looked bright and well-saturated, with no smearing or other problems.
SOUND: The show's Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack sounded just fine, with bassy music and some background ambience during the crowd/outdoor scenes. Audio quality was fine, with crisp, well-recorded dialogue.
EXTRAS: Audio commentaries on 3 episodes, with participants including Jerry Ferrara, Kevin Connolly, Andrian Grenier, creator/producer Doug Ellin and others (even Bob Saget). We also get the "Life at the Top" and "Day at the Speedway" featurettes and the PSA for Matt Damon's charity in the series.
Final Thoughts: "Entourage" has started to go over the same ground, but the show still entertains and showing the characters moving forward in their lives is a nice choice. The DVD presentation offers solid audio/video quality, as well as a nice helping of bonus features. Recommended.