A few days ago I got the opportunity to watch the new HBO show, How to Make it in America starring Bryan Greenberg and produced by the same people who did Entourage. Despite the marketing (which I didn’t see much of), it was expected to be the new Entourage based in NY instead of LA, following a graphic designer instead of an actor.
Alot of the reason I had any desire to tune in was because one of my favorite artists, Kid Cudi, has a role in it. The Cudder talked a whole lot of shit on his old Twitter account about him being a budding acting talent before he broke into music, so that had to be verified.
I was pleasantly surprised to see the list of other cast members flash across the screen as the opening credits played. Although I had no idea who Greenberg’s co-star Victor Rasuk was, I was excited to see the names of Luis Guzman, Shannyn Sossamon, and Eddie Kaye Thomas. And Rasuk ended up being pretty good.
I’m not going to layout everything that happened in the first episode because if you want to watch it, HBO has posted the entire first episode on YouTube, so click the picture below.
The reason its up on youtube is probably because HBO feels that this isn’t an instant hit… and they’re right. Just based off the inevitable comparison to Entourage, it’s flaws are apparent. The writing doesn’t sparkle with the same outrageous one-liners, the story is about the dirty work and not the glossy results, and the main character isn’t a millionaire playboy living a fantasy life of cars, parties and endless girls.
It’s for all these reasons that I will continue to watch. Let’s be real, nothing ever really happens on Entourage. Vince gets laid, Ari yells a lot, E tries to stay calm, Drama has issues and Turtle smokes weed. If it wasn’t for the dialogue and the titties it would be one of the dumber shows on television. I’m pretty sure every scene from every episode in which something important happens could be packed into a 1 hour special.
As an aspiring member of the NYC creative community, I can relate more to this than I anything I’ve ever seen on Entourage. It will be intriguing to see the portrayal of similar things that I am going through. The hero isn’t an emotionless sex vessel but a maturing character dealing with his internal struggles over his friends, love life and chosen profession. Issues that just about everybody goes through at some point.
And TV has enough quotable series, it’s always good to watch one that can be carried by substance over sex jokes. It looks like the season only has a run of about 8 episodes, so I’ll be watching through the season finale and if there seems to be some growth from now until then, I’ll be tuning into season 2.
PS aka Oh yeah
On the subject of Cudi, there really isn’t anything. He’s on screen for maybe 90 secs and does nothing but give daps, do a little dance and drink out the bottle. Pretty disappointing, it would cool to see him play some part in the growth of the hero but at this point he’s as useless as house phone.