'Entourage' season premiere review: The final season began with anger, sobriety, and girls, girls, girls

As Entourage began its final season, Vince is living the sober life, graduating from rehab with cavalier insouciance, and is eager to write and direct. Johnny seems on the verge of third-tier stardom as the lead voice in a new cartoon series. Juicy subplots abound: Andrew Dice Clay, playing himself as Johnny’s co-star, doesn’t shy away from his former-super-star-comedian status. Scott Caan is back to push his pectorals around as E’s management partner, and Rex Lee’s Lloyd is trying to sign Modern Family producer Steve Levitan.

Best of all, Ari is fighting impressively to save his marriage. Jeremy Piven’s rage and fear as Ari have rarely meshed so fluently, and the show has frequently cast smaller roles beautifully, never more so than with Perrey Reeves as the brittle Mrs. Ari and Lee as Ari’s tortured assistant-turned-agent Lloyd.

Entourage has long provided the opportunity for celebrities to make themselves look like jerks in order for us to say,  "Well, he’s certainly an unpretentious good sport, isn’t he?" (The Larry Sanders Show — Piven’s undergraduate school for stardom — was the series that raised this strategy to an art.) In the season premiere, Johnny Galecki was happy to appear snappish, horny, and anxious to jump-start a movie career. If I were his agent, I’d be telling him to thank his lucky stars he’s still got a Big Bang Theory paycheck, but ego-stroking, percentage-extracting agents aren’t in the business of being brutally frank, are they? Read More...



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