It’s been an interesting week after the premiere of "Boardwalk Empire.”
With a cavalcade of new shows debuting like "The Event" (which is what, exactly?) and the rebirth of "Hawaii Five-O" (I distinctly remember asking the TV gods to bring back Jack Bauer, not Jack Lord), there's an army of us still wandering around trying to figure out what to watch this fall, and allegiances are being pledged left and right.
Well, the water cooler was certainly buzzing after Martin Scorsese's directorial effort in the "Boardwalk Empire" pilot, and word on the street sounds favorable from those who watched the show's debut. Judging from the response thus far, the crowd migrating to the show appears to be divided into three distinct groups:
As a big fan of Hollywood's mafia stories, I've been in "mob withdrawal" for the past few years. The box office hasn't offered much since the release of "The Departed" in 2006, and television hasn't fared much better since “The Sopranos" ended in 2007.
Sure, there are a few store-brand crime dramas like "Law & Order" and "CSI: Wherever” out there, but they just don't move me, you know?
So if you, too, have been aimlessly wandering the wilderness of the multiplex and feeling around in the darkness of nighttime television searching for that new organized-crime "something" to fill the void, ladies and gentlemen, the search is over. The TV gods have hereby granted us "Boardwalk Empire."
“Entourage” fans, it’s a bittersweet Monday.
The last time I blogged two Sundays ago, there were no NFL football games (that really counted), no Taylor Swift song about Kanye West, no Kanye West song about what he did to Taylor, and there certainly was no Justin Bieber performance on the MTV VMAs that made me openly admit, "Hey, I like this kid!"
(Wait, did I just type that?)
My, how the world has changed. While some of yesterday's gifts were more fun than others, it felt like Christmas all day long. A day full of NFL games was the best present I could wish for after a long summer, but at the end of it all, I got to watch an “Entourage” season finale that made me say "that was absolutely incredible." But, it’s the season finale. The season is now (gulp) over.
It’s another glorious Monday, “Entourage” fans, but this one feels different.
I’m sure you recall that “stunned disgust” I felt after watching Vince in last week’s episode, but it turns out that disgust has a bright side: you only have to experience it once.
That’s because after the initial shock, you become numb, and that perfectly describes my feelings about the current foolishness that is Vince Chase on "Entourage” – I’m becoming totally immune to them.
I'm a little disturbed, "Entourage" fans, and not just because it’s Monday.
It appears the beloved crew from Queens is officially "a man down,” and if the signs we've seen in Vince this season are par for the course, the "Entourage" will cease to exist long before the show ends next summer.
But let me back up for a minute. You know, as "Entourage" starts each week, there's always that familiar feeling of, "OK, let's see what's gonna happen next!” Then as things wind down and the sweet music kicks in to set up the next episode, I think out loud to no one in particular: "OK, let's see what's gonna happen next." It ends as it begins. Always.
Fans, yesterday we watched an episode of our beloved "Entourage” with the knowledge that the show will soon be no more, a day perhaps more popularly known as the first day of the rest of our “Entourage”-watching lives.
Just like I watched last night's episode with renewed resolve after the announcement that the show would end next summer, the writers seemed to sense that renewal, and I thought they delivered a downright sexy, vintage episode.
When we last saw Vince at the conclusion of last week's show, "Hair,” he was in much-less-than-vintage shape, lying face down on the side of the pool in his birthday suit. In last week's blog, we spoke on Vince's downward spiral, and a few readers openly guessed exactly what was in the Avion tequila Vince and everyone else seemed to be so in love with.
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