After HBO pulled the plug on Deadwood, I got rid of the pay service for six months in protest. (A lot of good that did since now cast members are admitting publicly that they hold out little hope for the previously announced Deadwood movies - a move seen by some at the time to be merely a face-saving measure on HBO's part).
But I came back for The Sopranos (and its unbelievably brilliant denouement) and I've stuck around for David Milch's latest, John From Cincinnati and the very funny Flight of the Conchords (which Shirley is convinced is channeling They Might Be Giants). And I watched the new season of Entourage, a show that I had always found a pleasant diversion, even if I didn't really remember anything about it (sort of like a pay cable Three and a Half Men).
However, this "season's premiere" episode - a faux behind-the-scenes documentary about the making of Medallin - was probably one of the most shit-tacular things I've seen in a long time, filled with atrocious acting and directing from all involved. Had any of them ever seen a documentary before, behind-the-scenes or otherwise (and yes, I know that Adrian Grenier directed one)? And it made me think that the show should probably be put out of it's misery.
Cut to Wednesday in the A.V. Club and Nathan Rabin's "Say Goodbye to Hollywood: Confessions of an Ex-Entourage Fan". Rabin's piece is good, but it's the pile-on in the comments that really entertain. And while the commenters have a special disdain for Kevin Connolly's character Eric (or E), I think that for me, the notion of never having to watch the character of indie filmmaker enfant terrible Billy Walsh is reason enough to take it off the Tivo season pass. A small sampling:
Could not agree more. You forgot to mention how terrible Kevin Connolly is in the show. I never thought a threesome involving 2 gorgeous looking girls could be repulsive until I saw "E", Sloan, & friend wrestling in a bedroom.
The thing that annoys me the most is that Vince and E act like assholes and yet nothing bad ever happens to them. It drives me crazy. They ignore every piece of reasonable advice from Ari and it all works out wonderful in the end. I just want to yell at the screen, "Act like adults!"
Entourage is not fun. I don't give a shit whether you like it, but it is not fun at all. Seriously, how many times can one person say the word "suit" in one episode? It's like having a friend that calls everyone, "Chief". It's mildly entertaining until you realize that's all they've got. Then you feel shame, for yourself, for them, and for anyone that has ever met that person.
Watching 15 minutes of E and his girlfriend gently argue about not being able to go on a romantic vacation together, because Vince wants to tag along and bring some random hottie? Really, I would rather watch The Comeback, which had more cringe-inducing humor in 5 minutes (Valerie's hairstylist, the husband, hot-but-annoying Juna) than 3 episodes of Entourage combined.