Between dealing with "Sopranos" finale logistics, a four-hour break in the middle of the day to tape a four-minute TV talking head segment (which, in case you missed the update below, probably won't come until around the mid-point of the show, if not later), and my fatigue from staying up late last night to write the latest Sopranos Rewind, I have about three working brain cells left, so some really brief "Entourage" spoilers coming right up...
The largely underwhelming third season comes to a close -- with the fourth season due to follow in two weeks, thanks to HBO's weirdo scheduling -- on a fairly funny note. Debi Mazar finally made an appearance and was funnier in her two minutes than everything Kevin Connolly and Jerry Ferrara have done all season combined. The visit to Walsh's porn set was vintage "It's not TV, it's HBO"-style comedy, with all the Fellini-meets-Dirk-Diggler background details (I laughed especially hard at the couple going at it poolside over Walsh's shoulder), and Drama's real estate dilemma was amusing, if 100% predictable.
I have a screener of the first two episodes of season four somewhere in my satchel, and if I don't fall asleep next to my daughter sometime around 8 p.m., I'm going to watch them. I want to see whether we'll finally get a glimpse of Vince under actual working conditions after the show had the "Queens Boulevard" and "Aquaman" shoots take place off-camera. There's a risk, though, of undermining the show even further if we realize that, just as the allegedly funny "Studio 60" sketches aren't funny at all, Vince doesn't really have the talent or charisma that the show has been boasting about for the last three years. The brief snippets we saw of "Queens Boulevard," for instance, looked like an overbaked parody of a bad Scorsese imitator; can "Medellin" possibly live up to billing, or will the writers finally use the new season as an opportunity to show something significant going wrong in Vince's career?
What did everybody else think? And what do you want to see in the new batch of episodes?