What do you mean it's over, 'Entourage'?
August 15th, 2010
01:00 PM ET

What do you mean it's over, 'Entourage'?

“Entourage” fans, say it ain't so! With the grapevine buzzing and rumors running rampant, I was forced to take matters into my own hands. So, I googled "Entourage ending?" to get a confirmation. Egad!

HBO has indeed officially announced the series' eighth season next summer will be its last. While this news is not entirely shocking, Ari Gold, Vince Chase and his boys from Queens (and their shenanigans) have been a fixture in my summers like tall drinks with umbrellas (and ice). I'm pretty sure the show's writers feel like the boys have done all they could possibly do, and I guess I'll have to learn to deal with that.

Actually, I'm starting to think these "network decisions" have something to do with me. I seem to have a strange affinity for shows that end up winding down. First Fox's "24" ended, and now this?

Let's see if I can recap this bundle of emotion in simple terms for those keeping score at home: Boy grows up. Boy becomes man. Man watches TV. Man finds shows he can't live without. Networks tell man: "show's over.”

Man becomes distraught (and I quote: "What do you mean – over?")

First I was forced to fill the action-drama void left by "24," and now my sitcom cupboard is poised to runneth bare yet again.

"Fan-tastrophes" (copyright, Dereyck Moore) of this sort can certainly cause permanent damage. This is precisely how people end up watching reality shows such as VH1's "Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch.” (Don't get me wrong. "The Ocho" is no "Flavor Flav," but I just want to make this point clear to everyone before you catch me watching TV of that sort in the future.)

Suffice it to say, when "Entourage" ends, my eyes may wander aimlessly for a little while in search of a suitable replacement for one of my favorite TV shows. You've been warned.

Yet as it slowly sinks in that the show is ending, I'm reminded that I am a realist. All good (and bad) TV shows run their course and end in due time. I'm fine with that, and eventually, I'll make the adjustment.

And it may be the right move, after all, since many devout followers have openly questioned the show's relevance this season. Has the show jumped the shark? Has "Entourage" become too repetitive and lost its mojo? Has Vince had enough trysts with assorted hotties? Have the boys done all they could possibly do? Honestly, I think there have been some spots where I may have thought so here and there, but the seasons always seem to resolve themselves well and leave us wanting more the next summer.

While a part of my fandom would prefer to see the show go out on an enjoyable high note, that doesn't ease the pain of knowing that it will all be over in a few episodes – for good. I'm excited for the possibility of a feature film based on the show, but I think its natural for fans to watch the rest of this season with a heightened sense of the storylines resolving and things wrapping up.

Also, since HBO made it known that the final season will be an abbreviated one, I'm sure we'll all ramp up our appreciation for Ari Gold's assorted "super-agent" one-liners, the celebs who make the cameos, and the way we've come to know and love Vinnie and the crew on "Entourage."

Hopefully, our withdrawal after it ends will be short-lived, and the movie will be all we hope it can be. Meanwhile, I'll save my "Life after 'Entourage'" blog and my karaoke rendition of Boyz II Men's "It's So Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday" for when we get closer to the end. But since I'm in the warm, fuzzy and nostalgic phase, I'll go ahead and announce that "Entourage: Season Three” was the best season ever!

Fans, now that you know it's ending, will this change your view of the season? How do you think things should end?

Comment below.

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  1. Anthony

    I am a big fan of all the other seasons, and I've seen every episode to date, but this past season was flat-out depressing and a little painful to watch. Doug Ellin screwed the proverbial pooch and he knows it.

    January 14, 2011 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
  2. Julie

    It's been a really fun/fantasy life-type show to watch. Entourage has had a good run and I've watched it from Episode 1. All shows come to an and end and I'm glad that this is going out on a positive note with many fans not wanting it to end. The writing and producing is well done, the music selected for each episode is fantastic, and the actors do a great job playing their respective roles. I have really enjoyed all the cameos, including when Mark W makes an appearance each seaon. This show will be missed.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Peter V

    Season 3 was awesome, but Season 7 is just amazing. Cameos and Music are at top notch this season. The storyline is only getting better. There better be a movie once the series is over.

    August 18, 2010 at 12:08 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Zak

    maybe they should do six hundred new seasons like Heroes and Survivor so it becomes an annoying stain in the carpet.

    August 17, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  5. kevin

    Love the show, sad to see it end but...i think now is the best time to end it. Vince and E's story is pretty much done, all is left is Turtle and Drama.

    August 17, 2010 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  6. mike

    HBO has had far better shows canceled than Entourage. The first few seasons were great, but the plot has run its course time to move on.

    August 17, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
  7. Aman

    Entourage was good for maybe 20 seasons, but has been ridiculously bad ever since – there is basically zero plot progression, each episode is highly formulaic (Vinnie says he doesn't care about being a star...looks like his career will be threatened...everything works out great anyway), and the acting is horrible. I am glad, HBO makes such good television they should free up their budgets for something better.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Report abuse |
  8. not cool

    four years too late

    August 16, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  9. ninerfan

    this show is lame, glad its gone.

    August 16, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  10. keith

    I for one will be very sad to see this show go. What will I ever do at work Monday mornings other then watching this show?? 😉

    August 16, 2010 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. TM

    Of course it is ending. The show is about the rise and fall of a star. Great show and great timing. He rose to fame and is now going to snort it down the drain.

    August 16, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  12. Disappointed1

    It is absurd that this is ending. My longshot hope is it goes to ShowTime and HBO loses subs. It's ridiculous. It is already too short – each episode could easily be 45 minutes to an hour. There is a ton of material that should be able to keep this show going – so many expansive plot lines potentially available with all the great characters, I just don't get it. Instead of ending with only six episodes they should be expanding the length of the show and the # of seasons! How absurd.

    I also just don't see a movie as in any way satisfying or quenching the disappointment. It's the on going growth of the characters and the process. You have Ari, Vince, E-professionally, E-family, Drama, Lloyd, etc. etc. Why dump this when they are already short changing characters? If there was ever a program that needed several more seasons and longer episodes in TV history, this is it!

    August 16, 2010 at 8:00 am | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      To replace Entourage, watch Mad Men...it's on Sunday nights and it's one hour long !!!

      August 17, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  13. jim

    Best show on television so naturally it is getting canned. Surely, someone else will pick it up.... or a film would be better than nothing.

    August 16, 2010 at 7:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. Ross

    Shows you might like in the of season – Warehouse 13, Psych, Eureka, Royal Pains.

    Hope that helps.

    But i agree, its a shame. I just hope the ending is suitably 'entourage-ish'

    August 16, 2010 at 5:53 am | Report abuse |
  15. Michael109

    It seems the best shows always get the hook. Entourage is a very cool show. This blows!!!!!!

    August 16, 2010 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |
  16. nyc80

    It's about time

    August 15, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Wifey

    I am very sad to see the show ending. It definitely changes my perception of this season so far. As sad as I am to see it go, I am sure HBO won't disappoint with something fabulous to take it's place.

    August 15, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Brooke

    First Oprah's show is ending, now this? Say it ain't so! I'll deal wih it next summer...it's too much for me right now 🙂

    August 15, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  19. Julie

    I'm sure I'm not in the show's desired demographic (Female, 48) but the show is absolutely fantastic. It moves at a lightning quick speed, and I love the way I can observe how the other half lives. Ari Gold is the most original and entertaining character since Danny Devito's Louie DePalma of Taxi from over 30 years ago.

    August 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  20. kai

    i do not want the show to end..please please don't end it. I will miss Ari too much :((((( sob

    August 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  21. OCgal

    We knew this was coming. Its been a great show and a sincere well done all. Good bye.

    August 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |

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