Watch Entourage Season 6 Episode 9 – security briefs preview

entourage-season-6Entourage is a American comedy-drama broadcast on HBO and created by Doug Ellin that chronicles the rise of Vincent Chase, a young A-list movie star, and his childhood friends from Queens, New York City, as they navigate the unfamiliar terrain of Hollywood, California. The first episode of Entourage aired on HBO on July 18, 2004. The show is currently in its sixth season.

Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson serve as the show’s co-executive producers, and the show’s premise is loosely based on Wahlberg’s experiences as an up-and-coming movie star. The series deals with themes of male friendship and with life in Hollywood. In accordance with this, numerous celebrities have guest-starred on the show.

According to Mark Wahlberg, Entourage was initially conceived when his assistant asked if he could film Wahlberg and his friends, calling them “hilarious”. Other reports credit Eric Weinstein, a long-time friend of Wahlberg’s, with the idea of filming the successful actor’s group of friends. In order to be more satirical of the Hollywood lifestyle, a fictional approach was chosen rather than a straight documentary.

Vincent Chase, the show’s main character, was envisioned to be more similar to Wahlberg, but it was decided that some of his and his friends’ activities (particularly some elements of their criminal past) would not work well on television. A lighter approach was subsequently decided upon.

However, according to Donnie Carroll, who was the inspiration for the Albert character, the idea for a show involving an actor and his friends had come from him. It had originated as a book idea, centered on Carroll’s own life and his experiences with Wahlberg, titled From the ‘Hood to Hollywood, A Soldier’s Story.

Entourage revolves around Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier), a young, up-and-coming actor who eventually becomes an A-list star. His experiences are loosely based on those of Mark Wahlberg, who is also executive producer on the show. His best friend and manager is Eric Murphy (Kevin Connolly). “E”, as his friends call him, is based on Wahlberg’s friend and executive producer Eric Weinstein. He’s also been reported to be inspired by Stephen Levinson, Wahlberg’s manager.

Vincent’s older brother Johnny “Drama” Chase (Kevin Dillon), is also Vince’s personal chef and trainer. Johnny is a D-list actor who was in the fictional show Viking Quest during his younger days. His role in the new fictional hit show Five Towns has begun to resurrect his fame and career. This character is based on Johnny “Drama” Alves (cousin of Mark Wahlberg), whom Donnie Wahlberg had hired to keep his younger brother out of trouble.

Rounding out the entourage of friends is Salvatore, known as “Turtle” (Jerry Ferrara), who is another of Vince’s old friends from childhood. Turtle’s official role is as Vince’s driver and assistant, though his value as such is often brought into question. This character is based on Mark Wahlberg’s former “gofer” Donnie Carroll aka “Donkey”. Carroll auditioned for the role, but the Boston-native was turned down when it was decided the actors would have to be New Yorkers. Carroll died on December 18, 2005 after an asthma attack.

Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) is Vince’s abrasive but lovable agent. The role has led to several nominations and Emmy Awards for Piven. Ari is based on Wahlberg’s real-life agent Ari Emanuel.

Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, and Jeremy Piven have been credited in every episode in the opening credits since season one. Debi Mazar who had a recurring guest star role as Shauna in season 1 began to receive opening credits billing in season 2. Her appearances in season 3 were limited due to her pregnancy and Mazar made her final regular appearance in episode 42. She made appearances in seasons 4, 5 and 6, Mazar was credited as a special guest star. (Perrey Reeves) Mrs. Ari and (Rex Lee) Lloyd had recurring roles in the first two seasons. Starting in season three, Reeves and Lee were credited as “starring” in the end credits in the episodes that they appeared in. After Debi Mazar left on maternity leave, Reeves began to receive in the opening credits starting in season 4 replacing Mazar’s credit, and is now credited whether she appears in the episode or not. Rex Lee’s name also now appears in the opening credits as of season 5 whether he appears in the episode or not. Also In season 4, Rhys Coiro’s recurring character Billy Walsh was given a bigger role in the storyline, and Coiro was credited as “starring” in the first six episodes of the season. However, when his character returned in episode 52, he was again credited as a guest star. Gary Cole guest starred in three episodes of season 5 as agent Andrew Klein, beginning with season 6 he was credited as “starring” in the end credits. Canadian actress Emmanuelle Chriqui has portrayed E’s on-again, off-again girlfriend Sloan McQuewick (daughter of Malcolm McDowell’s character Terrance McQuewick) as a recurring guest star from season 2 to 5, beginning with season 6 she was credited as “starring”. E’s most recent girlfriend is Ashley, played by Alexis Dzien

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