Entourage will end next summer after its eighth season and could be followed by a movie, HBO announced Saturday at the Television Critics Association fall TV previews.
"The plan right now is we'll finish up this season. We'll do a shorter order for next season — we've talked about six [episodes]," said Michael Lombardo, HBO programming president. "[Creator Doug Ellin] ... wants to write a film, but wants to do it if it makes sense for the story. ... I will expect that within the next couple years [he'll have another show on HBO]. But next summer will definitely be the final season of Entourage."
Mark Wahlberg looks ahead to an Entourage movie
Ellin and executive producer Mark Wahlberg
have long talked about their big-screen plans for Vincent Chase & Co. In June, Wahlberg told MTV
that that he thinks fans have always wanted a movie and believes producers can deliver a "great" one.
"We're going to have six episodes next year and end with a bang," he said, adding that the movie trailer can open with Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven
) and Lloyd (Rex Lee
) "waking up together in Vegas not knowing what happened."
Check out photos from Entourage
During its run, Entourage
netted five Emmy Awards — three of which went to Piven for supporting actor in a comedy series. The show was nominated for outstanding comedy series from 2007-09.
Are you sad Entourage
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