HBO (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET)
If you automatically expect a new HBO series to be edgy or innovative, you’ll be disappointed in this one. It’s basically just a sitcom—but it has the advantage of being funny.
Vince (Adrian Grenier from Hart’s War) is a rising young movie star whose success seems entirely attributable to his sex appeal. To give his Hollywood lifestyle a touch of Queens, he surrounds himself with a crew from the old neighborhood: Eric (Kevin Connolly), a former restaurant manager now serving as Vince’s all-purpose adviser; Turtle (Jerry Ferrara), a goofy gofer who shamelessly invokes his famous friend’s name to impress the ladies; and Vince’s half-brother Drama (Kevin Dillon), an obscure actor constantly trying to puff up his minor credits. Dillon is note-perfect in this part, maybe because in real life he has been somewhat outshone by his brother Matt.
The buddies’ conversation is loose and amusing (“The bigger the head, the bigger the star,” Turtle says, meaning actual skull size) and Jeremy Piven seizes his every scene as Vince’s obnoxiously aggressive agent. Take a pass if you’ve had it up to here with inside-showbiz jokes; otherwise, Entourage is worth a look.