HBO has renewed its popular series Entourage for a sixth season. The news comes weeks after Jeremy Piven, who plays Hollywood agent Ari Gold on the show, won his third consecutive Emmy for the role.
The new season of Entourage will go into production early next year and premiere in summer 2009.
Michael Lombardo, HBO’s West Coast head, said: “Entourage is that rare phenomenon in TV: a smart, sharp comedy series that continues to evolve. I never imagined when we started that we would make it to six seasons.”
Executive producer Mark Wahlberg, whose life in the spotlight has inspired the show to a degree, added: “We just spoke to the real Johnny Drama and he is overjoyed by this pickup.”
Entourage is created and exec produced by Doug Ellin. It stars Adrian Grenier as Vincent Chase, last year’s star trying to make a comeback, Kevin Dillon as his half-brother Johnny Drama, Jeremy Piven as Chase’s high strung agent Ari Gold, Kevin Connolly as his manager, Jerry Ferrara as Turtle, and Rex Lee as Gold’s indispensable gay assistant Lloyd.
Entourage airs Sundays at 10 on HBO