Entourage served as one of HBO's most popular shows for many years in the early 2000s, but creator Doug Ellin feels that the cabler has since swept the series under the rug. During its run on HBO, Entourage consistently pulled in both high ratings and positive reviews, earning various Emmy and Golden Globe nominations in the process. The series came to an end in 2011 after eight seasons.
A decade after Entourage ended, Ellin feels disrespected with the way HBO has handled the popular show in recent years. From his viewpoint, Ellin feels that it all comes down to a "wave of righteous PC culture" taking over television, leaving less politically-correct comedy shows like Entourage behind. He explained as much in a new interview with Yahoo Entertainment after noticing that Entourage doesn't seem to get as much attention on HBO Max as the cabler's other original shows.
"[Entourage was] hiding in, like, architectural 'wish-fulfillment shows' [on HBO Max]. Which was weird. We were nominated for an Emmy and a Golden Globe almost every single year, so to not put us in front and to put other shows on the 'must-see comedy' list, I thought, was pretty bizarre. It seems to have changed because fans have started downloading the show again. It would be nice if HBO was like, 'We have this great 96 episodes of content and we should let our audience know it was there.' I would type in 'E-N-T-O' into HBO Max and Curb Your Enthusiasm would come up! What the hell was this? And I love Curb ..."
Currently, Entourage is on HBO Max's Must-Watch Comedy list, but it might take some scrolling to find it. Asked by Yahoo how he felt about HBO pushing the hit show aside, Ellin explained his belief that it's due to a "wave of righteous PC culture" that has been heavily affecting movies and television in recent years. To that end, Doug Ellin also feels that this criticism is unjust. He also suggests that those criticizing the show are just a small group of people making a lot of noise.
"I resent it tremendously because I don't think Entourage was this vulgar boyfest that people like to paint it as now. When we came out, The New York Times said we were the smartest show on television. And then, all of a sudden, [in came] this wave of righteous PC culture - and again, you're talking to a liberal who wants equality for all and wants everybody to be kinder and gentler."
"Most people know [Entourage] was a very realistic portrayal of what Hollywood was like at that time and people will write about it as if something [Jeremy Piven's bullying agent character Ari Gold] said is how I express myself. Nobody says that about The Sopranos, where they murder people, that maybe we should re-address whether murdering people on TV is OK ... [but] a small group with loud voices started criticizing [Entourage] out of nowhere. Every day I'm getting Google alerts telling me how bad I am."
Created by Ellin, Entourage followed the acting career of A-list movie star Vincent Chase and his childhood friends living in Los Angeles. The series starred Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Jeremy Piven, Debi Mazar, and Gary Cole. It ran for eight seasons between 2004 and 2011.
HBO may or may not be embarrassed about Entourage as Ellin suggests. In any case, the series is available to stream in its entirety on HBO Max, at least at this time. HBO has not provided an official comment on what Ellin had to say. This news comes to us from Yahoo Entertainment.