Executive producer Mark Wahlberg is saying that, after this season of "Entourage," which starts June 27, the series will only return for six episodes next year. Then, it will spawn an "Entourage" movie about the further exploits of Vinnie Chase & Co. "I am more focused on making that movie than my own films," Wahlberg said to MTV. "I just think we can make a great movie. I think people always wanted [it] and have complained that the episodes are too short — they've always wanted more. I think we're going to do it."
My response: Yahoo (that the series will end relatively soon because it has lost its sparkle) and Boo (there shouldn't be a movie because the series will end relatively soon because it has lost its sparkle). Wahlberg clearly wants to follow in the footsteps of the "Sex and the City" movies, and make a lot more money out of the HBO property; but in the process I think he'll probably be damaging the show's reputation.
I will never think of "Sex and the City" with the same respect and fondness that I did before it was dragged onto the big screen. The whole "Sex and the City" mystique and charm has been overblown and compromised. The characters and plots were played out when the show ended, and moving them to a movie theater didn't change that fact. When a favorite show such as "Sex and the City" has a series finale and leaves the air, I almost always want more. But I simultaneously enjoy the fact that I can't have more, that the show was so good it left me wanting more. I like the sweet nostalgia. Now, I can no longer miss "Sex and the City" because it won't go away.
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