Over the weekend HBO announced that Entourage will officially come to an end next year. The show, currently in its seventh season, will end after season 8 during the summer of 2011. However, movie possibilities beyond that, similar to what HBO did with Sex and the City, are still a possibility.
During the Television Critics Association press tour, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo revealed that the current plan is to have one more shortened final season, possibly limiting season 8 to as few as six episodes.
With the possibility of a film, it will be interesting to see how Entourage decides to end so that it’s a satisfying conclusion while still leaving the door open for more stories. Currently Entourage is heading down a surprisingly topical path with movie star Vincent Chase pulling a Lindsay Lohan, going off the rails.
The character is getting drunk in the morning, passing out naked by his pool and dating a porn star. The show also seems oddly prescient with a storyline where one of Ari’s former agents is blackmailing him by releasing tapes of his offensive rants to the media. These scenes were filmed prior to the Mel Gibson debacle, which makes the show very up-to-date.
Ideally, I’d like to see Entourage go out on either a huge high or a deep low. Vincent should either win an Oscar or go to jail, a la Robert Downey Jr. Or both. The most refreshing part of the season 7 storyline is that Vincent’s life has always been a little too picture-perfect, and showing that the excesses of fame and fortune can lead to your downfall is a lot more entertaining than seeing a happy-go-lucky, good-looking, rich movie star.
But more importantly, Johnny Drama needs to win something. There is no more pathetic character on TV than Drama, a constantly frustrated second banana who has everything taken away from him at the last possible second.
How do you want Entourage to end?
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