yeah but the funny thing is I only stick around because of Ari Gold---to me, he's the star of the show.
if i want to watch the shennigans of a hollywood star, there's Charlie Sheen, no need to watch a show about a fictional hollywood star.
As my USC film professor used to say, "Entourage is trash imitating life."
Yeah, I shouldn't have left out Ari. Without him, they'd really have nothing. Based on previous experience, what USC professors call "trash" I call "entertaining".
I don't agree with the Charlie Sheen argument, because you could say "I could watch high school football any time I want, there's no need to watch "Friday Night Lights". Doesn't hold up.
Thin Guy said...
Agree. I've always been amazed by how little "conflict" Entourage needs to be entertaining. It just comes down to this: we want to hang with those guys. They're fun to be around. Which is, I suppose, what every successful show comes down to.
Regarding your pilot meetings, are the execs also saying that they don't want any premise pilots? (even though it seems half of the shows on TV start that way)
I read somewhere that they don't want premise pilots but I have not seen this at all.
I have to personally disagree with you about wanting a thread that ties the shows together. I don't need the soap opera drama of a thread like that. I enjoy that at the end of the episode, there are no lose ends and no cliff hangers. I don't want cliff hangers to pull me back. I don't want to get that committed to a half hour comedy. I just want to laugh and go.
I do agree with you about the Wilfred comment...that it's a very long half hour. I have watched all of the episodes so far but I feel like I'm trying too hard to like it. I don't naturally like the show at all. I just feel like giving it a shot, but always end up disappointed. How many pot smoking scenes do I have to watch each week in this program? I AM SICK OF THE POT SMOKING SCENES ALREADY.
As for Louie, I am new to the show and have only watched the current season. I love it! I really do care about his character. I root for him. So, I would again have to disagree with you when you said that a show like this doesn't have the thread that makes you care about the characters. It may not have a thread, but I do care.
FYI, I only started watching Wilfred and Louie after reading your post about them, so thanks for being a good influence-I am a true Louie fan now. Also, I watch Shark Tank for the first time last season and am a fan of that show now as well!
I understand that I am in the minority with this thread thing. Most Americans want to watch shows that are contained this way. That's why Law and Order and CSI and the rest of that crap are so popular. It's just completely not for me and it never will be. There's no reason for me to come back and watch a show if every episode is self contained. It's personal preference, I guess, and everyone else's preference sucks.
Joshua James said...
I love Entourage, and could go on for a long time about why (maybe when I finally buy you a beer) and I agree with everything you said ... I recently have gotten back into Larry Sanders, which I've never seen in its entirety, and am working thru it ... it's clear that Entourage owes a lot to Larry ... but I also dig Entourage because it is fun without slamming you in the face with it ... which is why Sunny in Philly never worked for me, really ...
I loved Action, btw, but thought it was trying too hard to be a sitcom ... Entourage doesn't do that, doesn't try hard at all ...
Anonymous said...I'm guessing a friend of mine wrote this, but I don't know who it is or what it really means. The fact is, I've always liked shows like this, so I don't get it.
You are what you make fun of.
Someone who knows enough to know that you should know better.
They lost me when Marky Mark turned it into an ad for his tequila. So tacky.
Very, very true. This cannot be argued. They've made some big errors like this, no doubt.
Script Tease said...
Hmm..someone is feeling surprisingly reflective. I think it's time you threw off the shackles of cruel comedy and became a drama writer!
I'm actually already doing that.
Thanks to everyone who had something to say, good or bad.
Coincidentally, there is a nice debate about "Entourage" by Molly Lambert and Chuck Klosterman on grantland today. It's interesting, they're debating but they both seem to enjoy the show, and make essentially similar arguments to mine.