August 17th, 2009
09:23 AM ET

'Entourage' mojo-meter flatlines

Last week's episode left many pondering the lasting power our beloved "Entourage" still has. Some wondered if the show had actually lost its mojo, and if it seemed to be getting stale.

sigler

As I read through last week's comments, I found that to be the most common message, and I was on the fence. I still think it's a great show with great characters and compelling story lines, but I do think there are some moments that are just not that impressive this season.

This week's episode began with Johnny Drama and Jamie-Lynn Sigler on set in a rainy scene that climaxed with a passionate kiss. Meanwhile, Turtle's gawk is just a few feet away. Yet, even as this sticky situation unfolded, I was indifferent.

As for the "mojo-meter"? Maybe a 1.5 so far. (By the way, this is NOT pronounced "mojo-meter," but rather like "Mo-Jommeter," as to sound authentically scientific.)

Next, the dialogue shifted to Eric's aftermath. Who can forget his tragic faux pas calling Ashley "Sloan" last week? He confesses to the crew, and they dutifully give him the business. However, I am still not impressed. Checking the "mojo-meter" again, it's pegging at a paltry 2.2.

A few minutes forward, and Ashley's hard stance on the "you called me 'Sloan' " tragedy continues. She was actually a likable, tough-as-nails girlfriend with a justified, bitter edge. In another patented "like/hate" Ashley moment, I actually began to empathize. This girl's all right. Then, in the blink of an eye, her concrete stance on the issue inexplicably crumbles in record time and things are back to normal? Not only am I NOT moved, I'm downright perplexed. The "mojo-meter" is dying on this episode fast. It's a flatline. I've got nothing.

Is "Entourage" actually becoming (gulp) lame?

Then, something magical happened. As if someone had wheeled in the "mojo defibrillator," the scene shifted to the Miller-Gold agency, and Marlo Klein's voice instantly pierced the place like nails on a chalkboard. Mrs. Klein darts in with a crazed look in her eye, hurling expletives left, right, north and south. Jami Gertz seemed to be cast exactly for this moment, making it seem all too real with her brilliant, maddening shrillness echoing through the offices. Her chaotic trail culminates in Ari's office with him getting an earful for his part in the proverbial crime.

At that point, I spoke aloud to nobody in particular (don't judge): "Now THIS is the episode we've been waiting for!"

From that moment on, the episode was dotted with a few highs like Drama's snooping on Jamie-Lynn's lunch with his boss. Hopefully, this new character's introduction will bear fruit in future episodes. I also hope everyone caught Drama's priceless "pseudo-Unabomber" look as he tailed Turtle's girl with the savvy network exec who has a reputation for closing "other" sorts of deals with actresses. If not, rewind the TiVo. That laugh is on me.

By the end of the show, a nice amount of momentum was in place for next week - and the mojo-meter was jumping again. As for me, I'm officially paying attention.

Loved, liked or hated this week's show? Let us know!


« Previous entry
soundoff (139 Responses)
  1. Lee Spaner

    So the show this week of Entourage. Getting better again but Drama is now jumping the shark. Hey who writes this stuff. Whatever they are smoking send me some, then I can dig what I am watching. Rescue me was another 100 percent perfect. I think I like Entourage being only 30 min. Its all I can take, not more. Dont make it long like some of these Yahooos suggest. Shorten might be better. Well thats all I have to say this week. thanks

    August 27, 2009 at 7:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Lee Spaner

    I think the show is getting boring for me or as they say in the trade it has jumped the shark. Rescue me is even more ridiculous with its characters but at least you can give some leeway cause they are " firemen" and thats the way they are supposed to act. You know the pressure thing of dying at any moment. But Hollywood guys what the pressure ( No fire here). LOL oh ok thats it then good night.

    August 22, 2009 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Timmdogg

    Sunday night I thought I was watching a porn show with Vince and the college ed romping in the sack. very funny, especially when he was filming his conquest! Drama needs to kick his bosses arse and Turtle needs to chill out! Eric was funny – but he is losing his cajones falling for ASHLEY! Dam this chick [Ashley] she is hideous and very needy. I say, "Eric, tap it and move / run from Ashley quickly. She is needy and her voice is soooo irritating – she sounds like Rosie Perez!! "Mookie.. Mookie", enough already!!!!

    August 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. JLM

    The premise is so good but the writing in the last couple of years is unoriginal. Love the characters on the show but come on, an actor of Vinny's caliber walking around UCLA picking up college girls and making a tape? Don't turn him into a total sleaze. When you lose the characters likability you are in danger of loosing your audience.

    August 18, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jackie in Dallas

    I'm not a fan of "Entourage" which seems to me to be directed at 16-18 year old boys, but at least it is a show with a story line, acting, and creativity. "True Blood", "Six Feet Under", "Weeds", "Sex and the City", "Dead Like Me"...these are/were ground-breaking series when the world of commercial tv started becoming a wasteland of "reality" shows. Nothing real about them.

    Now a REAL reality show was "Candid Camera!"

    August 18, 2009 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. fan for the 1st 5 seasons

    I was a fan the 1st 5 season but can't stand the current.

    Don't be somber Turtle, atleast you look good.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  7. Mark

    As long as Sloan continues to appear on the show, it shall remain the finest, and I do mean finest, show on television.

    August 18, 2009 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
  8. Zahran

    I Agree...Lost the mojo

    August 18, 2009 at 6:23 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joanne

    Ah, give them a break, it can't be all about screwing up, they're growing up and we have to grow up with them.

    August 18, 2009 at 6:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Zombie

    Show more of Mrs. Gold!

    August 18, 2009 at 3:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. A

    First 10 minutes...Yawn
    Next 8 minutes...ZZZZ
    Final 4 minutes...Whoa

    August 18, 2009 at 2:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Miller

    Bring Sloane back. The only mojo I need.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Niki

    I thought the new season was entertaining. Not sure what people are expecting but I liked it a lot.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:06 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Kai

    What about Lloyd? When does his hazing end? Drama being protective of Jamie-Lynn and loyal to Turtle was awesome! Get rid of Andrew Klein. He's really creepy. Entourage is still the best show on tv. Should be an hour!

    August 17, 2009 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Christine

    Lame, lame, lame, and more lame from the first episode. I'd rather watch Palin try to form sentences.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Erin

    I'm sure that Gary Cole is a nice person, but his character (Andrew K) is creepy. I am reminded too much of Office Space each time that I see him on screen. He has to go! Ashley is OK...she just looks REALLY young. I hope they put Vince in more episodes.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Lee Spaner

    Ashley was so pathetic, who was she and who will she become, get lost Ashley.... Manipulative, short and skanky. ugh. Onto better things .Drama has guts finaly. And get rid of Turtle.

    August 17, 2009 at 9:22 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Marc

    Really the best show ever! It just screams kewl...everytime I see it I want to be there. They make life look so easy...dam I need to find a friend that I can move into and chill smoke fatties and get girls and swim in my pool in my manison!

    Now Ashley...finally gone? Let's Hope...Sloan HOTDAM! More
    Ari of course always solid.
    We jusy need a good espisode of the boys partying like the old days.
    But the boyz are men now.....ok that was painful let's party again!

    Entourage is the main reason I watch HBO!
    Never stop the show!

    August 17, 2009 at 8:57 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Jabba

    Ashley looks like smeagol. Still a great show.

    that is all.

    August 17, 2009 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |
  20. ryan

    the show is just getting going again, give it time. When drama throat chocked the exec i was pumped. We havent seen that side of drama.

    August 17, 2009 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Kenny

    Bring back the Sopranos

    August 17, 2009 at 7:19 pm | Report abuse |
  22. entfan

    ah, ashley – anorexic and annoying – not a good combination...otherwise, the show is a little slow but still good..

    August 17, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  23. Alice

    Though I still LOVE the show and have been a fan since day one.,.It has become a bit flat and has lost some of its originality!!

    August 17, 2009 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. sabina40

    can't stand ashley. just can't stand looking at her. really painful to watch. please ashley, go away!

    August 17, 2009 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Heather

    Nothing sexier than Ari hanging out in bed with his son watching TV a couple of episodes ago. He's what keeps me tuning in every Sunday night.

    August 17, 2009 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Kristen

    There are plenty of comments here which says that the show has tons of followers. Sometimes a few episodes with not too much going on bring the story line in a different direction. It needs to be longer each week and longer each season. Poor Ashley, feel bad, but have to agree to bring Sloan back. Need more Vince story lines.

    August 17, 2009 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Alex Winter

    This show was played out years ago.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. hotumolly

    let piven try his hand at helping the writers,not that the writers are bad just need fresh material.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  29. Brooke

    This season is the first season of Entourage that I’ve actually watched from the beginning (well, I caught up On Demand).

    Anyway, I’ve watched bits and pieces of seasons past and I feel like it’s a different show from what I remember. The show, as I remembered it, was about a guy and his Entourage…duh. Everything was about Vince. But now I feel like all of the characters have gone “out of orbit” when it comes to him.

    Since I began watching again, Vince is just…”ehh” to me. He really doesn’t even need to be there. Okay…so he had sex with a college student. That’s all he’s ever done in my opinion…just hang out, have sex in closets and do…nothing. Now I find myself tuning in to see what Turtle is wearing (loved his lavender/pink shirt last night), what Ari will say next (“I’ll deport you naked to the Taliban!”) or what E is up to. Ashley urks my nerves, but she does make me pay attention when she’s on…even if listening to her speak makes me wanna scratch my own eyes out.

    I didn’t really perk up til Mrs. Klein came whirling through like a tornado all in a tizzy. Ari’s talk with Klein had me in tears (“stop acting like such a p*ssy!”…or something like that) This storyline alone reeks of comedic potential, so I’ll tune in every week just to see how Ari handles it all. And Lloyd is just a pleasure to watch…even if just in glimpses.

    I won’t pretend to be the fan that everyone else has been since season 1, but the show is light and breezy enough for me to keep coming back. Even if the guys are growing up and doing their own thing, there’s still just enough to sustain it as a great show.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  30. George

    Only douchebags watch Entourage. In their Ed Hardy shirts and Creative Reaction shoes.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  31. johnnyfive

    The show sucks. A show about douche bags by douche bags. Every episode is essentially the same and every season is pretty much the same.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Jeromo

    I love Ashley!

    August 17, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  33. rlc

    Hate the Ashley character. It is so unbelievable. She looks like she is 13 years old which makes it impossible to believe she has a career but as well that she can afford the house she lives in. I can't stand the whole story line. Can't wait for Eric's next fling, be it Sloan or not... Just anyone other than the 13 year old they currently cast.

    August 17, 2009 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Court

    I will admit the show is a little slow this seaon, but still a good one. To folks that say Turtle and Jamie aren't believable. You do know they're together in real life... Right? Give it sometime, should get better. Need more episdes too.

    August 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Frankie

    It's done lost its "mojo". Wait, did it ever have any to begin with? :)

    August 17, 2009 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  36. jdm

    Love this show!!
    Still the best by far..
    Loved the "Taliban" line too.!!

    August 17, 2009 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Paul

    If it's going to be pronounced "Mo-Jommeter," it should be spelled without the hyphen for phonetic reasons. We see Mojo-Meter, we pronounce it that way. Now, Mojometer could actually be pronounced "Mo-Jommeter.

    August 17, 2009 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  38. kris

    still a worthwhile show and yes i do believe that the show still is great and hasn't lost anything.

    August 17, 2009 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Theda Zaretsky

    Still the best. Don't mess with my Entourage.

    August 17, 2009 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Eric O

    The show needs to be longer, a little more time could help develop the plot. I find that once you start to get into it, its already over. Definitely need more Ari!

    August 17, 2009 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  41. AJ

    The show is focusing on 2 weak story lines. E is weak as is his girl troubles. Gary Cole is weak too. I can't seperate him from Office Space or playing Mike Brady. Regardless, both E & Gary Cole are whiney. Let Drama end E's story line and let Ari end Cole's story line. I watch for Drama & Ari...

    August 17, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  42. regina spectator

    please phase out ashley! she sucks!

    August 17, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  43. devoted

    in comment to Jkring, i also believe there should be a spinoff called the Ari Gold's Agency. This way lloyd can show his stuff. I love him. its just sad he is a little obedient dog to Ari but he is a great character.

    i love the boys, i feel like they could have been the boys i grew up with down the street. but the show is a little watered down at the moment...

    August 17, 2009 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  44. lisa

    The character development and storylines this season are really lame. The only good thing about the show is Ari. I do love the show but find the only highlights are when Ari is on...I love the idea of a spin off just about Ari's agency.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  45. young white male

    ashley is the worst. not only is she a terrible actor, but her character is overly cutesy and annoying. i really think shes just a horrible actreess. just unbearable

    August 17, 2009 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Showwatcher

    Entourage has always been lame. Jeremy Piven is the only thing it has going for it. All the episodes are contrived and about as deep as a glass of water. It's the type of series that appeals to the Star readers out there. Best show on television? Are you kidding? It's not even the best on its network.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:26 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Matt Hargett

    Entourage needed to end last season. There are no real consequences, which makes the characters totally unrelatable. It was an amusing, fun ride, but it needs to end. I can only assume it was renewed in a desperate attempt by the new programming staff at HBO to keep people happy.

    While I was pleased with the second season of In Treatment, the second season of True Blood feels completely rushed and hamfisted in it's delivery of the two main storylines. I was so happy to hear that Tell Me You Love Me had a second season in production, and then fairly upset to hear it had been stopped in mid-production. All so we could get a rushed second season of True Blood?

    This is not the way I have come to expect HBO to operate. Rome was an amazing, but expensive show that they gave a (rushed, but good) second season. Carnivale was another great show (whose photography I can't wait to see on Blu-ray) that was given a good chance to find an audience and decently tie up the plot ends.

    This new HBO that over-extends shows, running them into the ground is an HBO I am canceling. I've been a subscriber to HBO HD ever since I got my HD DirecTiVo in 2002, and strongly encouraged everyone I knew to subscribe. After Showtime canceled Huff and then screwed up Weeds beyond recognition, we canceled it. It looks like HBO has fallen into the same trap, and I'll be focusing more on video games and other entertainment sources.

    Bored to Death and the second season of Life and Times of Tim do look interesting, I'll probably buy the first few episodes from Amazon Unbox or iTunes. Other than that, it will probably take an *amazingly* written finale season of Big Love, a proper finale of Deadwood, the resurrection of Carnivale, or some new show that I just can't miss.

    Everything playing right now are things I can miss.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Steve

    will..............sex and the city for men, lol, nice comparison!!

    August 17, 2009 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  49. april

    agreed with many, Ashely makes E look like a pedophile. Seriously, how old is she? Does she eat?

    Johnny makes me uncomfortable despite the fact he's the funnest of the four.
    E is so whiny. Girls girls girls.
    Turtle has become Jamie's be-ach.
    and Vinney, is killing him off asking too much?? They seem to be trying waaaaay too hard.

    I wish the show was JUST set in Ari's office with all the great cameos still.

    sigh.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:18 pm | Report abuse |
  50. MIA Mike

    GREAT SHOW!, BEST SHOW ON TV PERIOD! just wish it was at least 30 mins.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:15 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Patricia

    Yes, I agree..get rid of Ashley! She does look like she's 12. And 'E' deserves a better love interest. Sloan and 'E' do look good together. Maybe Vince should get a love interest??? More interaction between Ari and the 'Boys'! Still a good show!!! I do wish it were longer than 20 minutes, though!

    August 17, 2009 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  52. PeterB

    I still enjoy the show but have to agree that it plateau'd 1-2 seasons ago and has been on a steady decline since. I can't think of one "jump the shark" moment but rather an increasing lameness seeping into every new episode. Ari's one liners feel contrived and Johnny's just too old to be that clueless. It was bound to happen. Its tough to stay fresh for six seasons. I'll keep watching but hope they wrap it up while it still has some relevence like Sopranos did and not drag on to where nobody's paying attention any more. That would truely be a sad ending to one of the most funny and innovative series since perhaps Sienfeld.

    August 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  53. The Dude

    Jennifer,
    It's Lincoln Continental, with suicide doors. Probably a '65 or '66.

    I think Vince needs more minutes, period. Would like to see Drama meet a women exactly like him to watch his character's implosion or he needs a bonafide mid-life crisis. Ari is by far the best character, and he needs no improvement. E would be best served at this point by meeting his new bosses wife and in true cougar form shack up for a weekend with her. Turtle will eventually quit school after Jamie does her new boss (I can only hope for a gratuetous boob shot).

    August 17, 2009 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  54. HBO Fan

    I'm BORED ZZZzzzzzz. . . but Mad Men is still sizzling!

    I used to LOVE Entourage and as much as I always love Ari "going over the top" it's getting tedious. You can't sustain this show on Ari bombast.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Aaron

    This show is incredibly lame. It has become sex and the city but starring men. Every character is a pathetic loser.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Feliz

    Yeah, I'm getting a little bored with the show but it's still good. It'll bounce back! AND YES, please lose Ashley. She's just awkward to me...doesn't fit.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Dave in Indy

    The show has had lame moments over the past three seasons. Eric is IMPOSSIBLE to accept as a savvy young manager/stud – that storyline has gone nowhere for three years. The Eric/Sloan thing never did work and never will. At least the show got over over-exposing Ari/Jeremy. Last season was Jeremy Piven being narcissistic; now we've returned to Ari being narcissistic/egomaniacal – and the show has a chance.

    Turtle and Drama continue to be the dependable go-to chuckle-generators who, too often, are required to save an episode.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Johnism

    Last season was the worst year by far. This year is alittle better but not much. My opinion of what would make this show better.

    1. Needs to be longer. 35-45 would fit well. It seems like just when the show starts moving its over.

    2. The whole fun of the show was the boys together. Drama and Turtle fighting over the girl and "crossing swords". They seem to give each character 3-5 minutes and then onto the next.

    3. MORE ARI and especially more Ari with the boys. The only episode that was good last year was the Joshua Tree episode. Them in Vegas, Cannes ect... were the best.

    4. I want to see them having fun, chasing girls and ripping on each other.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:49 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Beth

    I don't watch this show, but after reading these comments, I feel sorry for Ashley.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  60. KimE

    Entourage and True Blood and the two best shows. Hung is BORING. I wish entourage was right after True Blood. Need more Ari, Lloyd and Vince. Need to get rid of Andrew Kline and Ashley. Liz is feisty and could become and interesting character. Loved the line about deprting her to the Taliban. Ari has the best line ever.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Karen

    Jeremy Piven (Ari) is Entourage. The show is great. As long as it on TV, I will watch it

    August 17, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Alex

    Never cared much for it. Sick of self-referential Hollywood stuff.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  63. neal

    The episode was ok...Its just funny on how women throw themselves at Vince....and Im glad Ashley is gone...I know she was casted to be the polar opposite of Sloan...but she just wasnt doing it for me.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:40 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Holden Daniels

    They don't need to change a thing. Some episodes will be better than others, they can't all be perfect. But overall, it still is BY FAR the best show on TV right now.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  65. Ed

    Ashley really needs to go! 2 weak for the show.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  66. Ish

    Completely agree with Laura C – Please, please get rid of Ashley.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:32 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tom

    Another over rated show on HBO... with a lifespan longer than it otherwise would have, were it not for HBO's strategy of stringing people along by producing few episodes.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  68. C. Nash

    I just about can't stand to watch it anymore for one reason: Ashley. Quite aside from the fact that she isn't very sexy or even cute and she looks like she's about 15 and totally unbelievable in the role, she is an awful actor. Castings like this make me believe the rumors about "special favors" are true. Forget Mojo, they have GOT to lose her if the show is going to retain any credibility.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
  69. Mike

    Seems the only energy left in the show comes with scenes in Miller Gold. The rest of the story lines are well, kind of boring.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  70. Vinny

    Once again....NO STORY LINE! Every season USUALLY has twists and turns and things to keep you watching. We are already 6 episodes in and I could not even begin to tell you 1 important event that will come out of this season. What?...Turtle is growing up and actually has a gf, and Ari's co-agent and friend, who has not even been on the show for 1 full season, is stealing headlines with his failed marriage? BORING. No one cares. This season is definitely not the usual entourage...and don't get me wrong, I am a loyal entourage fan and I still will keep watching and love every second of every episode...but on the negative side, I feel the overall plot and direction of Entourage has changed for the worse. Every episode this season I anticipate something happening, ANYTHING...and it doesn't! Season 6 is a definite let down in my book!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  71. RUL

    show is getting stale. Only reason i had HBO was for Entourage. I canceled HBO this morning. Nuff said

    August 17, 2009 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Gabriel

    last nights show was funny...and when Andrew's wife showed up!!! WOW!!! Ari telling Andrew and his "former" flame...no more!! Priceless...this episode was great. Oh, and I can't forget, Johnny Drama is a real friend!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  73. dbrot81

    completely agree this show is way to short, and I don't watch the show to see those guys take life seriously.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  74. willis

    Sex and the City for men

    August 17, 2009 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Brad

    Clearly, it's jumped the shark. Intriguing story line? It's Entourage... has it ever really had an intriguing story line?

    August 17, 2009 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  76. Patsy B

    not as hot as True Blood, but I could just gaze at "Vince" on the screen!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Dweezil

    All ensemble cast shows end up like this. Not every character is compelling all of the time...BUT...they all have to be a part of every episode so you end up trying tune out the ones you don't like. Drama and Turtle have become the dead weight that should only pop up now and then (especially Drama...that over-the-top shtick wore out a loooong time ago). Those two have become the Ross and Phoebe of Entourage.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  78. aubrey

    Ok, everyone is entitled to their own opinion...but I must say – really, Danny Simon? The United States of Tara?? I have loved Entourage since day one and I think it is still as great as it was when it first started. I agree with most about Ashley...so glad she is finally gone. She is incredibly awkward and definitely looks like she is 12. But other than her (and Andrew Klein, who also needs to go) I think this season is awesome! I am glad the character development is expanding beyond Vince and Ari. Turtle and Drama are hysterical and I think it's awesome they are seeing more screen time. Hope Sloan comes back for good and Lloyd gets his promotion! Still the best show on HBO. True Blood is just painful to watch (sorry everyone…just my opinion).

    August 17, 2009 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  79. Nic Gerz

    Everyone seems to agree that Ashley looks like she is 12. Even the tiny "E" looks like a giant next to her. Entourage is really a good show, but sometimes they do stuff that seems just goofy. Especially with Seth Green and now Ashley.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  80. Janice Negron

    I liked this week's episode, especially the explosion at Miller-Gold. (Jeremy Piven is the man!) I was not a fan of Ashley very much although she was giving Eric a story to follow. In her rant and rave however she made Eric look too weak. Johnny Drama is growing to be a favorite of mine he finally becomes this big man at the right time. I like the fact that Turtle has a story that is becoming more believeable. And, well, Vince is Vince! There is without a doubt something missing from the show I feel...maybe more Marlo-like explosions and the "mojo-meter" can be at it's highest.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  81. ritual

    show is still great, but i have been finding myself thinking that previous seasons have been better. Especially when there crazy director friend became a regular when they were working on "Medellin"
    ...that was a great time for the show, to me. But, maybe these writers will step it up for the rest of this season, cause the last couple of episodes have not been that impressive, especially last weeks episode that took place mostly on the golf course, it was probably the worst episode i've seen of all the seasons, but, im still watching and it's still my favorite show on tv.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  82. JohnnyCash

    WHATWHAT -

    That was Steve Nash, extremely good basketball player. Plays for the Phoenix Suns – point guard position.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  83. Jeff

    "I’d still love that caddy in the opening credits."
    If you loved it so much you'd know its a Lincoln.
    Very slow season, I hate how Ari shows more respect to Eric. Some of the funniest parts of the earlier shows were Ari making fun of "E" now all of the sudden he's treating him like his best friend.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:11 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Mattchew Simonsin

    To Survive being canceled or becoming lame Entourage needs to start creating again and quit leaning on its reputation, needs to quit leaning on nostalgia and get back to creating solid plotlines and new drama!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  85. Jonny

    22 minutes? It needs to be at least thirty. Right when you start really getting into it, the show is over.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Report abuse |
  86. kolossus

    have liked since season one... will not change the channel. HOWEVER, the 22 minutes and 23 from last week is horrible... 30 minutes that hard to reach? WTF and i second what SWEET CHEEKS said... True Blood is killer!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Tim

    1) This is starting to feel like Rome season 2 ... just saying.

    2) Eric has become completely unsympathetic and less interesting episode by episode and completely devoid of entertainment value.

    3) Vince in the background with his career seemingly on autopilot really saps the energy and excitement of the whole premise. This isn't Melrose Place this is supposed to be Entourage.

    4) Turtle goes to school – snooze. I know the guy has to grow, but I liked him more as the dopey stoner with a heart of gold.

    5) Drama has a job – yawn. I have hopes that the threat of Drama being killed off will play out in interesting ways. The whole "struggling actor" setup was one of the elements that made Drama endearing. As a hammy douchebag Drama hardly adds anything to the show.

    6) Llyod stood up for himself and that showed promise. Now he's back groveling harder than ever which is dull as dirt.

    7) Andrew Kline go home.

    This season has been sorely lacking in goofy and improbable adventures and genuine "will everything come crashing down" / "we could be kings of the world" sort of consequences. The situations have not been smart, funny, extravagant – just thoroughly mundane. There is gold to be mined in the everyday – no doubt – but the premise is that we are watching the everyday of the extraordinary.

    The earlier arcs of the show that focused on the fight to earn a place within the rarefied air of celebrity were simply more entertaining than this season by far. Let's hope the writers can find their way to inject more of what made the series so popular back into a stalling series.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  88. ed

    timed it last week. from recap and intro end 10:33 est. and over at 10:53. Its becoming a quick lame and breif nudity is not going to save it either.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Lauren

    whoever at HBO cast Ashley should be fired??? Worst actress – and, let's be honest, just doesn't "look" the part. She looks 13 years old!

    I agree, the second half of the show outpaced the first! Best line of the show was Ari telling Liz that he'll "deport her naked to the Taliban"

    I like that they are developing the other characters, but still, the show needs more Vince!

    August 17, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Old Style

    I thought it was a great episode. I have enjoyed this season so far.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse |
  91. Stephen

    Not only was Drama's “pseudo-Unabomber” look a "LOL" moment , the Grand Theft Auto style commandeering of a studio golf cart was fantastic. My concerns are – Turtle in college?!?, E landing a dream job? A too relaxed Vince? Sounds to me like they're setting up too many failure scenarios. Please don't let Entourage lower itself to a "sitcom" mentality.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  92. Kim

    If you want it to be pronounced mo-jommeter, then don't hyphenate after mojo. Jeremy Piven is a little bald man who had no business being the lead in this lame show to begin with... Hope it goes the way of his Broadway career.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Jkring

    Long time fan, but this show is done. Same rehashed story lines. Spinoff should be called the Ari Gold Agency

    August 17, 2009 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  94. Danny

    I agree that sloan is very hot and they do need more of her on the show. Jamie Lynn was a great addition. They are changing Turtle a little too much. I miss the bong smoking days! Me and a buddy were talking and it just seems like this season they are trying to hard. They seem like actors. All other seasons you get caught up as if you were hanging out with your own group of friends but they are making these guys grow up a little too fast. Nice seen with Vince and the College girl. Need more of that.

    August 17, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  95. adam

    I agree the luster has gone down. With all this relationship drama its just like the OC or one tree hill. I will stick with it though, still a huge fan!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Vinny & the boys

    I find myself wanting more at the end of each episode, not so much because it was that good, but mostly because I'm waiting for it to really get going. I LOOOOOVE Ari's charachter and the whole Johnny D going after the suit was funny, but I have to say – not crazy about JLS. I agree that the girl playing Ashley doesn't fit that well.......looks way younger than what she's portraying. Still will watch it, but hope it gets better and fast!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
  97. SWEET CHEEKS

    still love it . the best on HBO besides True-Blood

    August 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  98. ItsOver

    It's about time someone commented on the death of Entourage. As with "The Sopranos", Entourage has moved away from its successful ingredients and into character development. However, does anyone really tune in to see the family-man side of Ari? The characters are one-dimensional, and that's why we all like them. There is no depth of character here. It's not like we'll see the actors who play "E" or "Turtle" starring in a movie anytime soon right? The show has been dead for some time now, there is just nothing else to watch.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Lee Spaner

    The show writes well for just a few of the characters and the others are after thoughts. But can this be real life. Remember its tv. So when some of the characters are hot and jumping off of cliffs, are the others to be zombies?

    August 17, 2009 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  100. whatwhat

    Who was the celebrity in the big agency that Eric met before he went into the meeting to accept the position? I feel like there are a ton of Celebrity appearances and they don't have substance. I know there has to be celebrities, but it's like when companies use celebrity appearances in commercials to sell their products, it doesn't always feel genuine. Also, the part where Ari's son came into the bedroom: the kid's acting was a little off, they could have cut some of that. Just feels like they are filling in places. Which is odd because it's only a 30 minute show. Vince was awesome in the earlier seasons, his game was on, then he bombed and now he's in the background. (Having a lot of sex) but still kind of the man out.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Jonny Boy

    I think the writers are doing a good job of trying to give each character their own story, not so much what the guys do together, but what they are running into on their own now. and anymore my favorite parts are when ari has to go off on someone. The line about sending her to the taliban made me have to pause the show.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  102. amy

    love that show they good

    August 17, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  103. TV Lover

    The reason the show is losing it's luster is because HBO now has 2 shows in front of it that might be the best right now. They are getting more ratings......Hung and True Blood.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Shep

    Show needs to be longer!!! Bring back Sloan, get rid of Ashley, more Turtle and JLS, more Drama, way more Ari and his wife, more Lloyd, and did I mention...MAKE IT LONGER!! Enough of this 22 minute stuff.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  105. Vag lover

    Last season was lame with all the "bad" that the boys encountered, but this season is great! I wish the episodes were 1 hr like True Blood, but still funny and sharp. We need more of the movie star lifestyle stuff like in the first two seasons, its fun to watch guys with time on their hands and lots of money. Can't get enough of the Lloyd/Ari interactions...too funny!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  106. CJK

    start moving away from this Ashley phase and back to E pulling in hot tail...she is tough to look at and not good for the show. I also agree with John saying Kline has to go....brings nothing to the table.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  107. ATX

    This season is definitley the slowest. We had been debating on whether or not to cancel HBO for about two years and Entourage was the only reason we kept it. After the first three epidsodes this season, we called our cable company and gave HBO the boot. Ashley needs to go for sure and Sloan needs to be brought back. Ari has a lot to do with the show's success – we need more Ari and Drama time. Billy Walsh story lines would also ROCK!!!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  108. DTornado

    I totally agree about the Ashley character. Her voice is grating and her character is completely unbelievable due to the fact that she looks like a tween version of Ashley Olsen. It's creepy.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  109. nikit

    lets be serious...the whole point of this show is to be jealous of the good life...this season they are trying to show that these guys are growing up...hence turtle going to college and e joining the new firm, vince getting a drivers license...and now its drama's turn for something new...yeah some recent episodes have been slow because they are building this episode, but this show is teh greatest on tv and still is the number 1 reason people subscribe to HBO

    August 17, 2009 at 12:47 pm | Report abuse |
  110. Adam

    Entourage, I've watched from the beginning. I used to love it...but I have not watched a single episode this season.

    Agree, Dom was a lame character. The feud with Seth Greene was comical. Turtle and Jamie is such a stretch I don't even have an opinion on it.

    The best things about Entourage are:

    1. The Saga of Johnny Drama
    2. Ari & Lloyd
    3. Hot women
    4. Cameo's

    Lamest things are:

    1. Dom, and other weak side characters
    2. Eric's girlfriend messes

    As for other shows...

    I've been a faithful (and happy) follower of most of the HBO & Showtime Series since Sopranos started, way back in the way back..

    There have been the Good: Oz, Six Feet Under, Weeds, Big Love (Margie is smokin hot) and The Wire.

    The Bad: Brotherhood, John From Cincinnati and True Blood.

    The Awesome: Dexter (best thing on TV now), Rome and Deadwood

    August 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  111. lorelei

    This show has always been mediocre and the only reason I ever watched it was because it was on right after other shows. I think this show would definitely appeal more to guys but I think the story lines are lame.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Steve

    erik.................dom HAS been there since season 3.........show has been don since then???? Oh thats right, you prolly just started watching.......right.........................And I think the show is lagging a little. I still love it, but the writers need time to delop the "grown up" guys a little bit. Still grteat show, and BTW, TrueBlood is not a good show. Hung and Eastbound and Down is WAYYYYY better!!!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  113. Tony C.

    I have a love hate relationship with this show. Right now I think this season has been very boring. Ari's masochism is out of control and loyed is way to sadistic. , Vince has nothing going on, Turtle is in school, Drama needs prozac. Somebody find him a Dr. Melfi.
    But it is a train wreck that i can't take my eyes off...

    August 17, 2009 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  114. Shaun

    Its a guilty pleasure right now, but I'd rather it be the great show its been in the past.

    More Ari being Ari (he's been a little watered-down recently) + more hot chicks + maybe a movie for Vince = me right back into Entourage.

    And thank God the 8 year old gymnast dumped E.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  115. Jennifer

    I pick up a subscription to HBO for "entourage", then drop it again. I've considered backing out of the subscription early because the show is lackluster. I find it on a downward slant. It just seems like they are winding everything to end the show this season.

    I'm on the fence about the Ashley character. That chick was all right in Nick and Norah, but she got on my nerves in that role.

    Ari, as always, is great. But I wonder at his going soft with advising Klein and working to make Lloyd an agent.

    And come on, the whole college student thing is so obviously a ploy at a Vince sex tape within the next two episodes. Some of the show's antics these days are rather trite. But I'll keep watching, hoping it'll get better. Hasn't worked for "Ugly Betty" or "Grey's Anatomy" yet, so it doesn't bode well that "entourage" will.

    I'd still love that caddy in the opening credits.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Kari

    I have always loved this show but I am losing interest very quickly. I used to love Sunday nights with Vinnie and the boys but now I'm just bored. Like True Blood better and HUNG is just stupid....that show's gotta go. The line up of True Blood then Entourage was great.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  117. Jack Meoffer

    Notice how this show originally about "Vince" and Vince barely gets 2 to 3 minutes per episode now. I love the show, but it is going in too many directions. Too many story lines each week for a half hour show. It needs to be simplified a little bit.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Lee

    Still a great show, and I still love it.
    But....we need more shows per season (20-ish would do), and barring that...make it an hour. Ends way too quick.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  119. mr. d

    don't love the show anymore– the problem with HBO- shows- they take more than 1 year off - i lose interest in the show after a long break.
    * get rid of ashley * she's terrible.
    need more vince

    August 17, 2009 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
  120. Tanya

    Entourage is ONLY good when it's about the Miller Gold agency–Ari Gold and its characters.

    Of the boys, "Drama" is the ONLY one that adds comedy–the rest are BORING!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  121. Dan

    I agree with Laura, above. Ashley really needs to go.

    #1 She's funny looking.
    #2 Her voice is terrible

    August 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  122. nate

    I am still completely in love with this show, and you have to realize that if every episode tries to one-up the last, the writers will end up "jumping the shark" in no time. Entourage is basically the highlight of my week!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  123. AriGold

    best.show.ever.PERIOD!

    There are times when it gets a little overrun...but hey, I still watch every episode...and I love it!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Report abuse |
  124. nemesis enforcer

    Entourage has gone down hill for the past two seasons, the writing has become very stale. True Blood is by far HBO's superior show!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:39 pm | Report abuse |
  125. voteagainstashley

    I agree with Laura C, GET RID OF ASHLEY! Possibly the most annoying character ever! Eric is better off with Sloan if they can work things out and you can't even compare the 2 to one another.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:38 pm | Report abuse |
  126. Josh

    i wish the episodes were an hour long. The episides are too short

    August 17, 2009 at 12:36 pm | Report abuse |
  127. John

    Entourage has been on the decline since the Billy Walsh days. What happened to the crew just going out and hooking up with girls and busting on each other? Andrew Kline has got to go. BOR-ing. Sloan is hott. Bring her back!

    August 17, 2009 at 12:34 pm | Report abuse |
  128. MokiDugway

    It was a great show, but it's a show about pop culture in Los Angeles. It necessarily follows, then, that it will have the lifespan of a mayfly.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  129. Neil

    So far this season has not been as good as it was last year. I find that Ashley is very weak and just doesn't fit in. Overall the show still makes me laugh out loud.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  130. cullerton

    his show is awesome, need more Ari and Drama! Wouldnt hurt if the show was longer...

    August 17, 2009 at 12:32 pm | Report abuse |
  131. harold

    j piven is the only reason why i like the show. i like the way he explodes on every one i his path. out of all of the cast, eric is my least favorite. he comes across as a Complete Jack Ass.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:27 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Danny Simon

    The show has been sliding since the Medien/Cannes season. Gave love to Piven back then but no more. That lame shtick like the above mentioned Taliban line is playyyyeeeddddd. Tired like the crew of the Time Bandit after a 50 hour run. HBO still has shows that matter with True Blood and...well...reruns of The Wire and Deadwood (two of the best shows in the history of television). With the other premiums putting out shows like Dexter and United States of Tara HBO is finally facing some real competition.

    August 17, 2009 at 12:06 pm | Report abuse |
  133. Erik

    Ever since they introduced the character "Dom", I think the show's been on a down hill slide. That guy was the ultimate Entourage buzz kill. Great move getting rid of him, but the damage was done.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
  134. blackmanjew

    George Steele – guess you are not watching TrueBlood

    August 17, 2009 at 11:17 am | Report abuse |
  135. Laura C

    Still love the show but they HAVE to get rid of Ashley. Awful actress who looks like she is 12.

    August 17, 2009 at 11:12 am | Report abuse |
  136. Ryan

    I've always liked the show but haven't seen any of the new season since I canceled cable. It was never the best show on tv though, as of right now if its still as good as it was its still behind The Daily Show, Colbert Report, True Blood, Burn Notice and Weeds and possibly a few more.

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  137. VinnieChase

    Entourage is the MAIN REASON I subsribe to HBO, I look forward to every Sunday night. I love the show, I don't see that changing anytime soon. I just wish they would shoot more shows per season!

    August 17, 2009 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  138. pubsdaddy

    "I will Deport you naked to the Taliban "says it all..

    August 17, 2009 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  139. George Steele

    The boyz are growing up-give the writers time to develop the story line. Still the best show on TV-by far

    August 17, 2009 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |

Post a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.

« Previous entry
Advertisement
About this blog

Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 7,485 other followers