**See Update as of 3-22-08 at End of Post**
Yes, that's right. New York's favorite (fictional) sons are coming back to take over Hollywood again. Which is absolutely great news!
Doug Ellin told E! News Online that the 5th season of HBO's Entourage will come back this year a little later than the previous relaunch date of June. Production has already started in LA and has three to four episodes shot. The new 12 episode season is set to premiere September 28th.
He also let loose a few nuggets of inside information about this and upcoming seasons. Ellin said that he has enough ideas in "reserve" to do eight seasons but that it's contingent on if HBO orders more. We all know that HBO's idea of "seasons" is only 12 half-hour episodes spread so far apart that it kills any momentum or goodwill the show builds up. Network shows usually run 20-24 episodes in a season and spread them enough apart so that interest builds and so that people don't move past them. So what does HBO do? They ran the 4th season two weeks after season three and then had nothing to show during the strike. Why doesn't HBO get smart about this? Moving on . . .
As you may remember the 4th season had a memorable ending at the Cannes film festival when Vince's pet project 'Medellin' bombed and studio exec Harvey Weingard offered Ari one dollar for it. Vince was unfazed by the terrible showing and Drama fell in love with a French groupie. So now that the writer's strike is officially over, what is in store for the 5th season?
Don't read any further if you don't want to know!
It seems like Ellin is close friends with actor Domenick Lombardozzi and says that he will bring him back to the show in a more sympathetic (and presumably less irritating) way. In case you don't remember, Lombardozzi played a childhood friend of the boys named Dom (clever) and he quickly became one of the least liked characters in the history of the show. Yeah, great idea Doug, let's bring HIM back. Didn't you ever learn NOT to mess with perfect chemistry? But giving him cancer is a great idea . . . seriously?
Speaking of irritating characters, Doug said they will be bringing the ever so grating Debi Mazar back as the do nothing publicist Shauna. Bring in new blood Doug!
Entourage isn't complete without excellent cameo appearances and so far Kim Kardashian is the only one that has leaked out. That is if you don't count the set visit by Tobey Maguire.
Lastly, don't expect to hear much strike talk this season as everone is already over that. But wouldn't it have been fun to see Drama on the picket line cozing up to the writers to beg for parts?
I look forward to hearing and reporting much more Entourage news in the coming weeks and months!! Let's start the buzz now!
-- Janaki Cedanna
I've heard some interesting things since I first published this post.
I was contacted by Rex Lee who plays Lloyd on the show and he said that not only have they not begun shooting new episodes yet (they start shooting at the end of April) but that he seriously doubts that Kristin from E! even spoke to Doug Ellin at all, which is quite revealing don't ya think? I also tried to contact Kristin directly about her article and I never received a response. Hmm. Other sources have also confirmed that indeed Entourage is not slated to begin filming new episodes until the end of April and that the producers still hope to make the September 28th air date. They are writing the episodes as we speak! Thanks Rex, you rock!!!
Also, according to the biggest Entourage fan I know, the cameos by Kim Kardashian and Tobey Maguire were for a series of shorts directed by Kevin Connolly for American Eagle Outfitters and NOT for cameos on Entourage. Thanks Lainiek!! So I guess we will all wait and see as more news is sure to follow. Sorry for the bad info. I thought I could trust E! . . .