Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!

Here’s the good news for HBO’s Entourage: It returns June 11. The bad news? The show, which is essentially a smiley but toothless sitcom built around a brilliant Tasmanian devil (Jeremy Piven), has been touted so loudly you’d think it’s Hurlyburly crossed with Glengarry Glen Ross. It’s not. Newbie viewers, proceed accordingly. Elsewhere, hopes for fall series from TV auteurs crest (J. J. Abrams) and peak (Aaron Sorkin); The Da Vinci Code and the new X-Men make M:i:III look good in hindsight; and a silver-haired CNN anchor, made famous by flooding, exceeds the saturation point.

Beware the Undulating Curve of Shifting Expectations!