Clawing to escape the belly of the beast here in Hollywood. To commiserate, email my name assistantatlas at yahoo.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Dear HBO's Entourage, Please Get Better: 2.12

There's nary a show on television that disappoints me as consistently as HBO's Entourage. Yet I seem to continue to watch.

The reason is pretty obvious: Jeremy Piven as Ari Gold.

It's hard to remember my exact favorite Jeremy Piven moment from Entourage, but he is the only thing that makes the show worth watching. Seriously. [Debi Mazar is good, but she's barely in it.] Can we kill off 'Drama' and replace him with someone who doesn't frequently spoil scenes? I know, it's a cool in-joke and whatever to have Kevin Dillon, but seriously, there's a reason the guy wasn't famous before. And bring back Samaire Armstrong, she was an awesome assistant-- the new gaysian guy is just an excuse for gay jokes, not a character.

Oh, and better writing would be nice for your show. Boy do you guys need better writing.

I think Entourage and HBO's recent crop of disappointing Hollywood-oriented shows [I can't even watch more than five minutes of "The Comeback"] leaves the door wide open to Showtime. Why not a gay version of Entourage, where the 'star' character is closeted and publicly straight and his 'Entourage' as it were is a creepy legion of Scientologists?

But here's the thing-- good shows die in their pilot versions every year, dozens if not hundreds. Some are quite good, some, not so much. This is a blog by a guy who created one such dead pilot, called 'Global Frequency'. You can find a link to the evil, evil pirate torrent of the show the WB essentially threw away here.

This show is friggin' cool, though be prepared to hate the WB with a passion you might normally reserve for Fox for not picking up this gem of a show. The best [worst?] thing about the Global Frequency pilot is that it seems like the show would've been even better than the pilot, considering how well they set up the characters, situations and world of the show. It wouldn't be like ABC's disappointing "Eyes", which had a great pilot but a crappy set of episodes. "Global Frequency" has a great set-up that allows globe-trotting, an ever-expanding stream of characters, and a strong sense of purpose. To wit, it's that normal people can work together outside the system to make things happen. Which is why it'd be the ideal show for a Net buzz-induced pick-up.

As you may know, Assistant Atlas swims against the Hollywood intellectual current when it comes to piracy. I think a little piracy ain't such a bad thing-- we all know that it bolsters creativity from Chinese subtitle writers. Or just ask the kids who were in college when Napster exploded if they can even stand to listen to commercial radio at this point. Eck, no way. Why? Because their taste has involved. And it looks like television might just be the next area revolutionized by the Internet. If a leaked pilot generates enough Internet buzz that a network orders episodes, the movement will have succeeded.

Of course, for that to happen, a lot more people need to see the pilot-- which is why I'm using our super-fast Internet connection and my roomie's G5 to make that happen. Ah, the pleasures of seeding torrents. It's right up there with sowing wild oats-- only it's even sexier 'cause it's kinda illegal.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Totally agree with Ari being the only redeeming quality on Entourage. I'd be hard pressed to find a time I didn't love Jeremy Piven on screen.

10:17 AM

Blogger Jason B. said...

Jeremy Piven is the poor man's Jean-Marc Barr. Although I confess to never having watched Entourage...

1:15 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...


entourage is the best thing on TV. You've clearly not been in town long enough to appreciate it.

4:33 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

And you've clearly not been in town long enough to realize how much better it could be.

I'm totally with you on this one, Atlas. If you think Entourage is the best thing on tv, you haven't been watching the Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Lost, Alias, Desperate Housewives, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Nip/Tuck, the Shield, Arrested Development, Family Guy, the Wire. . . do I need to continue?

6:59 PM

Blogger B2 said...

Piven rocks!

9:46 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Who's Jean-Marc Barr??

Agreed with anon@6:59...there are so many shows on TV that are far better than Entourage. The writing is definitely what's killing that show...I guess Marky Mark isn't funny in real life?

9:43 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Atlas! Do a whole post about Global Frequency-- I just nabbed the pilot from a torrent and it's friggin' amazing. You've got to get the word out to your assistant friends so you can whisper up a deal for them.

8:07 PM

Blogger West1134 said...

I will agree that Ari (Jeremy Pivon) is the best and most entertaining part of the show! HOWEVER, I love watching this show, (I've seen both seasons at least 10 times) I think the "real life" feel and the fact that the episodes flow like a movie rather than an episodic TV series. Not to mention it seems more real life rather than artificial drauma. In other words I see my friends and I acting the same way.

12:54 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entourage is a terrific show. I've talked to some of the cast of One Tree Hill and they love it!

12:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ah man, reading ur article is upsetting. You obviously have little taste. Bad writing?, bad characters? Give ur head a shake.

4:16 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Season 1 of Entourage was great, especially the finale, but season 2 was complete shit and they never followed up with the Scarlett Johanssen thing either.

Haven't started season 3 yet.

11:12 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kevin Dillon an "in joke"? I agree Piven is the best character but Johnny Drama is definitely a close second. He's got the best one-liners and brings an over-the-top intensity to the show that is only matched by Ari's ravings. I also loved watching him get his butt kicked by a little asian chick.

8:04 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

You don't know what you're talking about, Your pilot idea stinks

10:06 AM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Entourage is awsome. I love all the characters. They are all great. Cannot wait for next season to start.

8:02 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

this guy has no clue what hes talking about, entourage is finally a show worth watching on HBO since the sopranos. and not only is jeremy piven the fucking man but so is kevin dillon and adam grenier

7:29 PM

Anonymous A Conscious Human Being said...

I watch Entourage as a sort of hmm this is a fun show to watch as compared to most of the bs on tv these days. My only real concern worth mentioning (as opposed to the implicite dissapointing philosophic implications of most tv shows which i guess cannot be avoided) is that on the episode after the gang gets back from Vegas, Vince meets some girl at the book store and, being the 'sex-icon' (haha) he is, he goes back and bangs here in some white room. I was GRAVELY (more true than just ignorant speech) dissapointed that the show decided to literally exactly replicate a scene of Val Kilmer (playing Jim Morrison) in The Doors movie where he chases Pamela Courson off the bed in a melodramatic drunken state of ambiguous indifference to life/death. The show is bs as is every show but can't it just be normal bs? Do we have to further ruin a great historic poet/tragety figure as the likes of Jim Morrison? This comment is essentially a worthless and stupid rant yes i know but i guess it just makes one stop and think and feel sad for the real heros of our time and how they get beyond torn to pieces during their lives and then it seems never to end even when they have entered death. a sad scene for America in particular.

1:01 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am a hug fan of the show.I missed some episodes so to watch Entourage show i got a qualitative stuff here.The show is going to be the Best.Season 5 is the Best Season.Entourage brings the lifestyle of the young and famous in a likable sharply written easy to take in way.

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