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HBO: ‘Entourage’

May 17, 2009  •  Post A Comment

HBO received 2008 Peabody honors for both the miniseries “John Adams” and the comedy series “Entourage.”
Head writer and series creator of “Entourage,” Doug Ellin, will accept the Peabody for that series, which was created by Leverage and Closest to the Hole Productions in association with HBO Entertainment.
The series—praised by the Peabodys board as a “ picaresque serial about an ambitious male starlet, his posse of pals and his multi-faced agent”—is currently in production for its sixth season and will be back with new episodes on HBO in July.
Mr. Ellin said he wasn’t sure if the Peabody committee was specifically citing “Entourage” for last season’s storylines, in which the characters went through some dramatic changes.
“I don’t like to guess about what other people are judging. I’m just glad that they liked it. Last season was definitely a departure,” he said.
“It was our attempt to be more dramatic, but in defense of our show, I think we’ve done a really good job of showing the realism of Hollywood and Los Angeles that hasn’t really been seen before,” Mr. Ellin said. “So I can’t speak to exactly what they saw, but I’m happy with whatever made them decide to give us the Peabody.”
The comic elements on “Entourage” also have become more mature as the show progresses, veering away from the frat-boy stories of earlier seasons.
“When I started, I had never done a TV show, and I was a lot younger, too,” Mr. Ellin said of those stories. Many were a reflection of executive producer Mark Wahlberg’s Hollywood success, since he was the inspiration for the Vincent Chase character. “The show’s kind of matured along with me and the guys,” said Mr. Ellin. “Hopefully, it’ll keep on going.”
The chemistry among stars Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara and Jeremy Piven—that on-screen camaraderie—has been a hallmark of the show.
Eric, Vincent, Drama, Turtle and Ari are characters that have become as important in sitcom lore as “Seinfeld’s” Jerry, Elaine, Kramer and George.
“It’s amazing, but since day one, they’ve all just really gotten along,” Mr. Ellin said of his actors. “What you see on the show is how it is on the set. We all hang out. We’re all going to go to dinner tonight, as a matter of fact. So it’s a really good, close-knit group behind the camera as well as in front of it.”

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