The End of the Summer Season & Entourage

Forget the summer as being the slow television season, that’s simply not true, there are tons of great (and not-so-great) summer series to watch, from Eureka to Rescue Me to The 4400 to Hell’s Kitchen & Treasure Hunters to Entourage, Monk, & Psych it feels like on any given night of the week there was something I was tuning in for. It is now, that we’ve hit the doldrums. Virtually all of them are finished and yet network TV doesn’t start in earnest for another 2 to 3 weeks. I really don’t consider Prison Break and Vanished having begun as meaning that the whole new season is starting.

What am I going to do? I’m resorting to TiVoing ABC Family Channel made-for movies just because they star Charisma Carpenter and Nicholas Brendan. I’m in no way impugning a product I haven’t yet send, I’m just saying it’s not where I’d normally head for regular programming (though I was vaguely intrigued by the 3 Moons Over Milford promos). And, I am a consistent fan of their 25 Days of Christmas programming that they run on a yearly basis (how can anyone not like such classic wholesome fare). I just feel like I’m really reaching at this point. I’m still looking forward to the movie, but am going farther a field than I normally would. I say all this not because I didn’t watch anything good (or bad) last night that I can discuss, just because I am fretful about next two weeks. Eureka, tonight’s Rescue Me, next week’s Nip/Tuck and repeats of Veronica Mars will just have to keep me going.

But, before I sign off for the day, I need to briefly touch on the season finale of Entourage. Poor Ari Gold. He’s got everything he wants, save Vince Chase. Does Ari truly have a heart, I’m undecided. It was a relatively solid episode, considering how this season has been (good but not up to snuff). The final scene at Ari’s agency didn’t seem though to hold true to his character. I don’t believe that Ari would’ve pitched Vince in that way. I get that he’s an agent like all the other agents, but I still think it’s not quite true to what was happening in the story at the time, it didn’t seem like the appropriate way to confront an angry client.

I also think that folks in Hollywood talk way too much for Vince to have seen three different PowerPoint presentations that all compared him to a corporate brand on the same day. How did Lloyd’s “gay assistant mafia” not get that Vince had already received that pitch twice? I guess that sums up one of the main problems for the season, the show doesn’t hold true to itself. How is it able to get around town the Ari has cancelled one of Vince’s meetings pretending to be Eric? Surely if that’s happening the pitch gets around too. And, as for Bob’s (Martin Landau) flip-flopping on his position with the Ramones project…also unbelievable. He goes against Ari, goes back to Ari, and then goes against him again. It was just all too sudden a series of changes for a character that we didn’t get to find out that much about.

My rating for season finale? It gets a: yeah it was fun, but doesn’t quite hold up to logic, definitely a good time with friends and/or a few beers.

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