Saturday, June 26, 2010

Will someone please tell me why I'm still watching "Entourage"?

The new season of HBO's "Entourage" starts Sunday at 10:30 p.m. and, while watching the three episodes sent for review, one question kept popping up in my head: Why am I still watching this show?

I mean, it's not that "Entourage" is unwatchable. It has moments of humor, and it's only a half hour long (meaning my wasted time is minimal). But it's just so ... boring. Seriously. Who would think a show that offers an inside look at young Hollywood could be so dreary? It wasn't always so, but, in recent seasons, this show has just sort of been treading water.

Vince, the movie star played by Adrian Grenier, hasn't evolved in any perceptible way. He doesn't even seem human -- just a smiley vacuum. I realize movie stars can seem that way, but, of course, every star is also a person, with messy emotions and unpredictable behaviors. This season, Vince is supposed to be going through a "dark" phase, but this descent into depravity is signaled by little more than a decision to shave his head. Oh -- he also badmouths his current project and goes sky-diving. Snore.
Now, if Vince's dark period involved, say, snorting cocaine off a hooker's backside, then things might get interesting. But it all feels so false.
And do we really need to see yet another version of a story in which Drama (Kevin Dillon) tries futilely to become a success? Or in which Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) pursues a seemingly unattainable woman? Yes, Jeremy Piven is still great fun as rage-filled agent Ari, but even his schtick is getting old.
Don't get me wrong -- there are some fun moments in these early episodes, mostly involving celebrity cameos (a visit by Bob Saget always manages to inject a little life into the proceedings). And, again, it's not torturous to watch "Entourage." It's just kind of unnecessary.

1 comment:

The Colonel said...

Is it because your husband insists on watching it?