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TV Junkie: 'Entourage' To End Next Summer; RIP Patricia Neal

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"Entourage" exits stage left next Summer
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The Hollywood Reporter has a great summary of what must've been a long Saturday at the Television Critics Association's HBO day. The gist: "Entourage" will have its last season next summer and it will be a short one, the idea is that it would set up a movie for later in the year - this is a good thing as the series has become a little tired even for former fans as, it seems, the producers have resorted to driving interest in the show season-by-season by changing Adrian Grenier's hairstyle. "Curb Your Enthusiasm" will end only when Larry David wants it to end, and he's not indicating an end anytime soon. "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" may have a follow-up movie but is over as a series - this is good as the books may have been good but it was an awkward and out-of-place series for US TV. We'd like to hear more about new HBO series but all the hype is about "Boardwalk Empire", which premieres September 19th.
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It's with sadness that we bid farewell to triple Emmy-nominee Patricia Neal who passed away from lung cancer on Sunday at the age of 84. Although her Emmy-noms were for network drama specials, her work on pilots helped launch iconic series like "The Waltons". Neal was also well-known for marrying author Roald Dahl and for winning one of those Oscar things for her role in Hud with Paul Newman. Ironically, this reporter had just completed the Pan-Mass Challenge ride for cancer research, finishing in Provincetown, Massachusetts after riding a bike 300 miles from the New York border. Provincetown is on Cape Cod to the north of Martha's Vineyard - we finished the ride on Sunday morning, about the same time Neal passed away.
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The TV Junkie Plan: "Top Gear", "Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations" (Dubai), "Chelsea Lately", Fallon (Jason Bateman).