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Wahlberg’s ‘Entourage’ lands at HBO

Thesp makes cameo in seg; Frankel helmed

A correction was made to this article on Dec. 21, 2003.

HBO has picked up Mark Wahlberg’s comedy pilot “Entourage” to series.

Half-hour, from exec producers Wahlberg, his manager Steve Levinson and exec producer-scribes Doug Ellin and Steve Tompkins (“Bernie Mac.”), follows the support staff of high-profile movie star Vince Chase. Tompkins and Doug Ellin will also be showrunners.

Pilot centers on Chase’s plan to return home for a high school reunion the same week that the biggest movie of his career premieres. Wahlberg makes a cameo in the pilot, helmed by David Frankel (“Band of Brothers”).

Adrian Grenier (“Anything Else”) stars as Chase, and Jeremy Piven (“Runaway Jury”) plays his agent Ari Jacobs — a blended incarnation of Wahlberg’s and Ellin’s real-life reps Ari Emanuel at Endeavor and Jeff Jacobs at CAA.

Kevin Connelly and Jerry Ferrara will play Chase’s friends and Kevin Dillon will play his older brother. Courtney Peldon (“Boston Public”), Arielle Kebbel (“Soul Plane”) and Angela Patterson also star in the pilot.

HBO and the producers are still working out the exact number of episodes and production start dates for the skein.

HBO execs were not available for comment.

(Josef Adalian contributed to this report.)

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