The HBO series “Entourage” was a smash hit in the early 2000s, but it’s legacy has been tarnished by “PC culture,” according to the show’s creator.
Despite being one of the most successful series to ever air, HBO has clearly decided to cast aside, as “Entourage,” gave an often comical, albeit fairly accurate look at Hollywood. It was loosely based on Mark Wahlberg’s rise to fame.
“Since the show wrapped up its eight-season run in 2011 and had a movie in 2015, Hollywood has been reexamined thanks to the #OscarsSoWhite and #MeToo movements,” wrote Insider.com. “With it, a show like ‘Entourage,’ which wore its racy material on its sleeve as it followed a famous actor (played by Adrian Grenier) and his friends (Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara) navigating the entertainment business and often encountered scantily-clad women, is now being reexamined.”
“Entourage” creator Doug Ellin told Yahoo that HBO has ignored the hit show and quickly shot down another series he pitched.
“I resent it tremendously,” Ellin said of the treatment he’s received from HBO recently. “Nobody says that about ‘The Sopranos,’ where they murder people, that maybe we should readdress whether murdering people on TV is OK. I don’t want to sound obnoxious or that I’m looking at ‘Entourage’ as high art, but it was a pretty accurate portrayal of how people [acted] at that time in Hollywood.”
Ellin added he wouldn’t change a thing if he were writing “Entourage” today, given that it was an account on how things often go in Hollywood.
“I don’t think ‘Entourage’ was this vulgar boyfest that people like to paint it as now,” Ellin told Yahoo. “When we came out, The New York Times said we were the smartest show on television. If we did reboot the show, it’s not that I would make it any more PC, but I would write it to the best of my abilities to reflect the reality of the world right now.”