Doug Ellin has heard you. Don’t think he hasn’t. The “Entourage” creator knows you critic-y critics out there are critiquing his show critically, and he has a message for all the haters: “Sorry for being awesome at everything.” From TV Guide:
“The critics, all of a sudden, seem to have turned on us and forgotten that we were actually critically acclaimed in the past,” series creator and executive producer Doug Ellin tells TVGuide.com of the criticism for last year’s dark story lines. “Last season, we had our highest ratings ever, so I kind of ignore the critics.”
“The critics’ reaction to the show doesn’t matter at all. Except for that time they said it was great, which was a very important thing that we should never forget.”
Ellin went on to hypothesize as to why the critics have turned on the show recently:
So why the suddenly cold reception from critics? Ellin says that the show’s transformation from a simple buddy comedy to a complicated tale that saw Vince begin using cocaine and landing in rehab, has thrown many for a loop. “Honestly, I’m very willing to be criticized. I love the show. I think it’s as good as it’s ever been,” Ellin says. “I don’t feel there’s been a lot of shows in the history of television that have mixed up tones as much as we have and I think that throws people. I think that shocks them.”
Excellent point. I mean, just think of all the tones they’ve mixed in: things looking bad but then everything working out in the end, things looking really bad but then everything working out in the end, things looking really really bad but then everything working out in the end, things looking really really really bad but then everything working out in the end, etc. The show is like some sort of Dickensian chameleon.
Look, I don’t have the vitriol for this show that many have. I watched it for a couple seasons before throwing in the towel a few years ago. But let’s not pretend it suddenly became a shocking, riveting drama, okay Doug Ellin? You make a very successful show about bros doing shots on private planes with supermodels. More power to you. But don’t try to tell me it’s a good show because lots of people watch it, and don’t try to convince me it’s “The Wire” because one guy did cocaine for a month.