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Season 6 premiere: Entourage Sunday at 10:30 p.m. ET

In television on 07/12/2009 at 9:50 am

The boys are back. But are they boys still?

The sixth season of Entourage, which premieres tonight (Sunday, July12) at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO Canada, has the now-restored Hollywood golden boy Vince Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his three-man crew from Queens at least making the motions toward adulthood and, gulp, independence from each other.

As the action opens, things are tense in Vince’s Hollywood house as the quarter prepare to attend the premiere of Gatsby, the Martin Scorsese  fim that has pulled Vince’s fortunes out of the Medellin mud. Who will be the arm candy in the limo headed for the red carpet? And, more distressingly, what will Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) do once Vince gets his driver’s license and has no more need of a wheel man?

Wait a sec. Vince driving? A car? Maybe it’s just for his next role. Or maybe not.

And Vince’s  manager, E (Kevin Connolly)? Why is he acting so shifty? And why is he getting sucked into the vortex that is Sloan (Emmanuelle Chriqui)? And why is Eric suddenly so hot with the ladies?

As The Boyfriend would say right about now. Whoa. That’s a lot of questions.

Indeed there are. And because I’m in a fit of pique over having had key plot points absolutely ruined once again while reading careless and uninspired movie reviews (Hello? Globe and Mail? I’d like to report an intellectual property crime.), I am not going to answer any of those questions because that’s not why you’re here anyway.

Is Season 6 a return to form? After watching the first two episodes, I think yes. There is a nice snap to the opening. And I do like the rumblings of independence from E and Turtle and what that has the potential to do for Vince. There’s a nice exchange between E and Vince that takes the slick series to a rare serious place, talking about what really holds these four lads together other than Vince’s career. It’s just a flash before returning to the continuing Hollywood slapstick, but it’s a nice note.

And what about Ari (Jeremy Piven) and the Miller Gold agency? (OK that really IS the last question.) It won’t spoil anything to say someone on Ari’s staff is rising and somebody is falling and Ari, of course, is yelling a lot. At least he will never grow up.

Here’s the Season 6 promo. And just so you know, it spills some of the beans but no real damage is done.

— Denise Duguay

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