What’s next for Entourage creator Doug Ellin? The producer is dancing with the network that brought him fame, pitching a single-camera sitcom for HBO tentatively titled 40, about middle-age in America. The pilot stars regular Entourage guest star, Ed Burns.
Burns is best known for his role as Private Richard Reiben in Saving Private Ryan. He’s had small parts in dozens of movies since then, including The Holiday and 27 Dresses. Burns will star in the upcoming Friends With Kids alongside John Hamm, Megan Fox and Kristin Wiig. His recurring role playing himself in one of Entourage‘s many, many celebrity cameos put him in Ellin’s sights to head 40. The new show will follow a group of (presumably male) friends adjusting to life at the top of the proverbial hill.
Entourage will air its eighth and final season this summer. Previously, Ellin was working on a drama about Wall Street hedge fund managers, but the project has floundered in the development stage. Rumors persist of an Entourage movie, but according to producer Mark Wahlberg, work on the film won’t begin until the show’s last season is finished.
If HBO picks up the project, 40 will join a host of broadcast and cable shows focusing on the 40-and-older crowd, including Men of A Certain Age, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Californication, and half the live-audience sitcoms on TV. The concept has been well-explorered (or at the very least thouroughly-covered) in recent comedy movies like Grown Ups and Hall Pass.
Of course, HBO encourages its writers and producers to push the envelope where regular cable and broadcast shows can’t, and the unique style and humor of Entourage could bring a lot of fans to Ellin’s new project. There isn’t much information available on the show at the moment – expect more to come to light this summer when Ellis and his team have finished their current engagements.
In the meantime we’ll keep you posted on the development of 40.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter