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Question: I know you weren't too fond of the final season of Entourage (to put it nicely), but I was curious if you thought Jeremy Piven's work this year was worthy of an Emmy nomination? — Joe
Matt Roush: Sure. I wouldn't mind seeing him get one last nomination. He used to own that supporting comedy actor category, winning three in a row before he dropped off the radar (along with the show), part of the backlash ...
TV at its most extreme — HBO would have it no other way as it bid farewell to its Sunday summer tentpoles this weekend. Here's my take on each of them:
Extremely Bloody: That would be True Blood, which as usual wrapped its season with an orgy of extremely silly excess. The body (and bawdy) count was high as the episode reached more climaxes than the final reel of the last Lord of the Rings movie. When and how would it ever end? In a bloody mess, that's how. But I've loved most of this season ...
[Spoiler alert! The following reveals major plot points from the series finale of Entourage.]
The four boys from Queens left on jet planes as Entourage ended its eight-year run on Sunday. The finale found many of the characters in very different places from where the series started, but we're still not quite sure how everyone got there. Below are some of our biggest burning questions from and criticisms of the last episode:
4. No love for Turtle and Drama? The final episode honored the main guys' family of four — as best depicted in the scene when Turtle (Jerry Ferrara) calls Sloan and Eric's unborn child "our baby" — so it was disappointing that two of the four guys didn't have much to do besides follow Eric and Vince around...
This weekend, HBO fills out its summer Sunday lineup, as the final season of Entourage (begging the old "that's still on?" question) joins the red-hot True Blood and a resurgent Curb Your Enthusiasm, which airs its most uproarious episode of the season to date.
Let's take it from the top — or should I say, over-the-top — with a nod to True Blood (9/8c) for delivering the goods this season, adapting one of Charlaine Harris' best-ever storylines from the Sookie books and providing Alexander Skarsgard with a tour de force as the newly vulnerable Viking vampire Eric Northman. All memory of his majestic demonic past wiped clean by a possessed witch who's in over her head (the riveting Fiona Shaw as Marnie), Eric is like a lost child, playfully impulsive and clearly smitten by his caretaker Sookie but easily chastened and profoundly confused as to his true nature.
How did Entourage creator Doug Ellin set out to write the final season? What are some of the stars' favorite episodes? Will we ever learn Mrs. Ari's real name? TVGuide.com chatted with Ellin and the stars of the HBO series about the eighth and final season.