Annotated Bibliography: Entourage

1. Strauss, Gary. “Will Success Spoil Doug Ellin and Entourage?” USA Today [McLean, VA] 10 July 2009, Life sec.

This article discusses the obstacles that the creator and writers of Entourage face as the sixth season approaches. In it, creator Doug Ellin claims that the success of the character Vince presents an obstacle, as the explosion of his career as a movie star leaves little space in which to continue building plot and character. The article will help me explore how the creative forces behind the series manipulate Vince’s career to accommodate for conflict and budding storylines.

2. Atkin, Hillary. “Taking Cues From Real World.” Television Week 11 Aug. 2008.

This article presents the five series vying for the 2008 Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, including Entourage. It mentions a specific storyline in one of the series’ episodes directly lifted from creator Doug Ellin’s life experience. It also examines how Entourage attempts to accurately represent a true Hollywood lifestyle, such as that led by Vince and his crew of companions. The article will allow me to cite specific evidence supporting the blend of reality and fiction as seen in Entourage.

3. Waldman, Allison. “Entourage.” Television Week 18 May 2009.

This article was written in response to HBO’s win at the 2008 Peabody Awards for Entourage. In it, creator Doug Ellin entertains the idea that committee members might have been impressed by the dramatic character development in the series’ fifth season. He explains how the series has matured over several years. The article will provide me with insight into the shifting focus and tone of the series from season to season.

4. Peyser, Mark. “Power to the Posse.” Newsweek 19 July 2004.

Newsweek’s initial review of Entourage praises the series’ originality and holds that it puts a new spin on the television genre of situational comedy. It describes similarities between producer Mark Wahlberg’s life and the series as well as aspects of the series that sever the resemblance. It continues to explain how the series’ characters are rendered at once irritating and sympathetic. The article will help me delve into the series’ inspiration and allow me to cite Wahlberg’s notion of the heart of the series.

5. Collins, Lauren. “Rollin’ With Dad.” New Yorker 16 Apr. 2007.

This interview with Doug Ellin primarily details the idiosyncrasies of the creator’s role of “family man” amidst his duties in the entertainment industry. However, it also explores his development of Entourage, and Ellin divulges the real-life inspirations for many of Entourage’s characters. The interview will allow me to discuss issues of authorship by eliciting connections between the creator’s personal and professional lives.

6. Wild, David. “Entourage.” Rolling Stone 8 Aug. 2004.

This article examines how the character of talent agent Ari Gold was crafted based on real-life figure Ari Emmanuel. In it, actor Jeremy Piven maintains that he presents a universal character representation, depicting a conglomeration of characteristics of talent agents. The article suggests why audience members, specifically entertainment industry insiders, connect to Ari. The article will help me relate fiction and reality again, specifically by exploring how an actor’s imagination of his character affects the end result and public reception of his portrayal.

7. “California Dreaming: An Update of an Old Format Obeys All the Rules of Sitcom With a Watchable Style.” New Statesman 18 Sept. 2006.

This review suggests that Entourage replicates aspects of the formulas of preceding television sitcoms, such as The Beverly Hillbillies. It assesses characterization in an effort to explain the series’ wide appeal. The review will help me situate Entourage within the context of the history of the sitcom and analyze how, if at all, Entourage redefines the genre.

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