- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 4, 2008

‘Entourage’ update

Hot movie star HBO), Vince’s career is in the toilet.

The results make for one of the best-scripted points in the history of the series, Scripps Howard News Service reports. The mighty Vince may be tumbling, but “Entourage” is all the better for it. During the show’s previous four seasons, the story has suffered somewhat from a lack of desperation. Until now, Vince has had an uphill joy ride.

The series could stand a hint of desperation and hunger. After a while, how fulfilling is it to see a man who has everything getting his way almost all the time?

Desperation also brings out the alarmist in the hateful Jeremy Piven), who delivers a prognosis of Vince’s career like a doctor giving bad news to a terminally ill patient.

“Entourage” has found a way to make it work for years. As a character, Vince has never been compelling unless he’s cornered.

‘Cheers’ to ‘Bored’

Hollywood Reporter says.

Mr. Danson, fresh from his Emmy-nominated role in Jason Schwartzman’s character, an alcoholic writer who fakes being a private investigator, the Reporter says.

Mr. Danson is scheduled to appear in at least three episodes in the upcoming second season of “Damages,” according to tvweek.com.

Letterman staying

Jay Leno prepares to surrender the “Tonight” reins next year.

“The way I feel now, I would like to go beyond 2010, not much beyond, but you know, enough to go beyond. You always like to be able to excuse yourself on your own terms,” Mr. Letterman says in an interview in Rolling Stone magazine.

“If the network is happy with that, great. If they wanna make a change in 2010, you know, I’m fine with that, too,” Mr. Letterman says.

Mr. Letterman, 61, questions why NBC is proceeding with its plan to remove Mr. Leno, who consistently tops the late-night ratings. “Unless I’m misunderstanding something, I don’t know why, after the job Jay has done for them, why they would relinquish that,” he says, adding, “I have to believe he was not happy about it.”

Compiled from wire and Web reports

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