Although we are only four episodes into the second season of Entourage, I am going to have to say that it is going to be one of the biggest television DVD sellers next year. This season has all the entertainment factor of last season, with 100% more cool cameos (Hugh Hefner, Chris Penn, Pauly Shore, Ralph Maccio, and Jaime Pressly) and enough plotline to raise the show another level from last year.
If you haven’t seen it, the show follows for friends from Queens through stardom in Hollywood. Vince is the star. Eric is the friend with street smarts who is acting as Vince’s manager. Johnny is Vince’s washed up actor brother, and Turtle is the lackey who is along for the fun.
The end of last season had Eric (E) getting the big promotion to manager, which has him acting as a go-between for Vince and the agent, played masterfully by Jeremy Piven. (If you don’t think you know Jeremy Piven, he played the Dean Wormer character in Old School.) Eric’s character is really what drives the show as he is the catalyst for most of the decisions, from what scripts need to be read, all the way to how much they should spend on cars and houses.
Again this season, the show explores the ins and outs of Hollywood life that we don’t get to see. I certainly don’t know how much truth there is to the whole thing, and I guess I don’t really care. I feel like it gives me some window into how the game works, and I like that, regardless of how genuine it might or might not be. But I digress.
Eric is in control and he is guiding Vince through his career. Vince finished the indie film and is now trying to land the comic book mega-blockbuster. The ups (Cannes Film Festival, the pajama party at the Playboy Mansion) are held in stark contrast with the downs (not knowing if the big payday is ever coming) and the viewer is left with a captivating show about characters who are easy to care about, while not being so perfect that you just have to hate them.
So grab some HBO and check this show out, or wait for the DVD’s to be released.
Season 1 is already available.