THE SHOW "Entourage"
WHERE|WHEN Season premiere, 10 p.m. Sunday on HBO
REASON TO WATCH Nothing else worth watching on HBO anymore.... Ari Gold
(Jeremy Piven).... No more "Medellin" story line.... How many reasons do you
CATCHING UP At the end of the fourth season, "Medellin" - Vince's
long-aborning indie flick - is stillborn at Cannes, and the film's rights are
sold for $1.
WHAT SUNDAY'S EPISODE IS ABOUT Vince (Adrian Grenier) has an "Ishtar" on
his hands with "Medellin," in which - as Richard Roeper in his TV review notes
- the headliner is dressed in a "fat suit with bad makeup that makes him look
like the love child of Jiminy Glick and a case of Twinkies." But the star, with
day they lead an existence that makes the word "sybaritic" feel inadequate.
Meanwhile, Eric (Kevin Connolly) and Ari are worried, while Drama (Kevin
Dillon) is obsessed with an ongoing virtual relationship with Paris-based
Jacqueline, whom he met at Cannes. A slasher pix producer calls Ari with an
"offer-pending-a-meeting" to get Vince for his newest movie, "Danger Beach," on
the condition that he and Vince have lunch the following day in L.A. Ari, Eric
and Drama head south where Ari explains that "an 'offer pending a meeting' is
what happens when you make an -- movie." E prevails on a reluctant Vince, and
the star is at a table the next day with the producer.
BOTTOM LINE "Entourage" - at least in original episodes - has been off the
air for one solid year, but when that title song from Jane's Addiction kicks
in, it's like an old friend calling - only this time, the friend seems
worthier, and his stories more interesting. Vince in adversity is, in fact, a
more absorbing character than Vince as king of the world (a little like Ari in
the first and second seasons). As they say in Hollywood, and maybe new-age
therapy, he has to relocate his "core," and this season, that journey of
self-discovery is a blast.
FIFTH-SEASON CAMEOS AND GUEST STARS Bow Wow, as Charlie, aspiring actor and one
of Eric's only clients at his new management firm; NBC-Universal entertainment
Justine Chapin, although onetime Vince girlfriend looks nothing like Blair
who book a struggling Vince to sing at their daughter's Sweet 16 party. Oh,