While not ‘Sex,’ it’s still HBO

Emmy's new breed: Entourage

With the departure last season of “Sex and the City” and the lack of any new eligible episodes of “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage” is HBO’s lone comedy series Emmy contender this season.

In terms of Emmy dominance, “Sex” and “Curb” this ain’t.

“It’s a young show, with young stars, a young point of view,” says Sacramento Bee TV writer Rick Kushman. “Emmys tend not to go in that direction. All it’s got really going for it maybe is the fact that it’s on HBO.”

Of course, the HBO brand is never to be overlooked when it comes to awards voters, and Jeremy Piven — who plays talent agent Ari Gold — was recently nominated for a Golden Globe.

“I think men everywhere can relate to the bond between these guys,” says HBO chairman-CEO Chris Albrecht of freshman “Entourage,” which tracks the exploits of cinema action star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and the merry, craven men who make up his posse. “No matter where these characters are — in Hollywood, New York, anywhere — they are always there for each other and that’s something that audiences appreciated about the characters in ‘Sex and the City.’ “

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