After eight seasons of palling around L.A. and living like very lovable (if sometimes misogynistic) kings, Adrian Grenier and the cast of “Entourage” will kick off the show’s final season on Sunday (July 24). But Tuesday (July 19) night in New York, the cast gathered for one last season premiere bash.
Zap2it was there to capture the scene and talk to some of the show’s stars.
“[Vincent Chase] has a lot of proving to do,” show star Adrian Grenier tells Zap2it of the upcoming season. “He has to show everyone that’s he able to overcome and come out on top. It’s going to be an extremely touching, nostalgic season. We’re like a family off set and that’s really going to come through this season.”
Series creator Doug Ellin was also on hand and feeling the nostalgia. After eight seasons, he’s still kind of surprised that the show found such a big following.
“I made two movies that nobody saw,” said Ellin referring to “Kissing a Fool” and “Phat Beach.” “You never know what’s going to hit and what isn’t. I think I found likeable actors that people could relate to. It’s been a good run.”
Executive producer Mark Wahlberg and cast members Jeremy Piven, Kevin Connolly, Kevin Dillon, Jerry Ferrara, Perry Reeves, Rex Lee, Constance Zimmer and Emmanuelle Chriqui were also on hand for the event. Celebrity fans in attendance included Sir Ben Kingsley, S. Epatha Merkerson, David Schwimmer and U.S. Women’s Soccer star Hope Solo.
So what’s in store for this season aside from Vincent Chase’s personal growth?
According to Zimmer, a rekindled flame.
“Yes with Ari,” she said when pressed. “I’m not sure what I’m supposed to say. F— it, she’ll hook up with Ari. I got this far down the line without saying it.”
Jeremy Piven lucks out again.
And, in fact, the whole cast may share in that luck if a planned “Entourage” movie (a la “Sex in the City’s” big screen cross-over) makes it to production.
Ellin tells Zap2it he’d “like to see [the movie] in the next 16 months.”
Us, too. As for Grenier, he’s not only looking forward, but remembering the show’s roots, as well.
When asked which episode was his favorite, he replied, “The first one, it made everything possible.”
Christy Smith contributed to this report.