This is the end – literally.
Sunday’s final episode of “Entourage” is titled “The End,” and it will bring the curtain down on this sprightly, timely and, we suspect, sharply accurate series about contemporary Hollywood.
HBO didn’t send out the finale episode to us TV scribes – not that we’d spoil it by revealing details anyway – so we have no idea what’s in store. On “Entourage,” such details not only include the relevant plot points, and how each storyline will end for the show’s principal characters, but also the usual parade of real-life cameo appearances and how the real celebrities fit into the fictional environs of this TV show.
We can review where things stand, however, for:
Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier): Happy-go-lucky Vince’s biggest problem, as the series come to a close? Basically, how to score with a pretty journalist – which pretty much sums up this guy’s life.
Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon): Vince’s big bro is on the cusp of starring in a high-profile TV movie, perhaps positioning the character for stardom in the series’ unknown afterlife. Meanwhile, Dillon’s in the new upcoming CBS sitcom “How To Be a Gentleman” (premiering Thursday, Sept. 29, at 8:30/7:30c).
Salvatore “Turtle” Assante (Jerry Ferrara): Yes, that’s his real name, in case you didn’t know. As the show nears the end, he’s trying to open an L.A. branch of his favorite Italian restaurant from Queens. We wish him luck.
Eric “E” Murphy (Kevin Connolly): Mopey Eric may or may not win back Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and he may or may not sever his business partnership with the obnoxious Scott Lavin (Scott Caan). We shall see.
Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven): Though his situation differs in the details, Ari’s facing the same challenges as Eric – can he win back his wife and, in the process, hold on to his talent agency? As you’re already aware if you’ve been following the final season, the latter depends on the former.
And so, Sunday’s episode is the last “Entourage” – the 96th, if you’re keeping score – to be produced for television, although they keep talking about continuing the series in one or more theatrical movies – like “Sex and the City” (although better than those, we hope).
How have we felt about this show? A couple of thoughts come to mind:
First, we didn’t always love this show. Truth be told, we found many of its more excessive moments – such as the crass way the guys in the show treated some of the women they met along the way – to be unattractive and cringeworthy (although we had to admit that this show’s depiction of four young guys with money who were on the make in Hollywood was probably accurate).
Second, we grew to like it, with one reason being this: Sometimes, TV shows stay around so long that you become comfortable with them. Such was the case with “Entourage,” which premiered in July 2004 – seven years ago, which is practically a lifetime when talking about TV today. So help us, but we happen to like these guys (what can we say – they remind us of our old college fraternity!), and hope everything comes out well for them in the end.
The series finale of “Entourage” airs Sunday night (Sept. 11) at 10:30/9:30c, following the season finale of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”
Click here to watch last Sunday’s “Second to Last” episode of “Entourage”: