HBO Extends 'Entourage' For Sixth Campaign

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HBO will keep the Entourage crew together for a sixth season

Production on the sixth season is set to begin early next year, with the new batch of installments expected to air in summer 2009.

Last night, HBO premiered the fifth installment of the 12-episode fifth season, which was originally slated to run this past summer, but fell victim to the WGA strike.

Created by Doug Ellin and executive-produced by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson, the Hollywood buddy series stars Adrian Grenier as Vince a once-hot young actor looking for a way to rejuvenate his career; Kevin Connolly as Eric, Vince's manager, who tries to help him make the right choice while building his own Tinseltown base;Kevin Dillon as Vince's half-brother Drama, now relishing a taste of success from his new TV series; Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, the least savvy of the group; three-time Emmy winner Jeremy Piven as Ari, Vince's aggressive, high-powered agent; Perrey Reeves as the long-suffering Mrs. Ari; and Rex Lee as Ari's assistant Lloyd.

Entourage is that rare phenomenon in TV:  a smart, sharp comedy series that continues to evolve,” noted Michael Lombardo, president of HBO’s programming group and west coast operations, in a statement. “Doug Ellin and his remarkable team consistently deliver a show that's must-see viewing."

Noted Ellin: “We're thrilled to be back for another season. HBO has been amazing in allowing the show to grow and mature.  I never imagined when we started that we would make it to six seasons.”