It’s a boy's world

By JON GARELICK  |  June 6, 2006

There’s also an ethnic ringer in the bunch. Jeremy Piven’s turn as Vince’s agent has just about stolen the show. And why not? Ari Gold is ethnic typecasting at its most potent: crude, loud-mouthed, emotional, an unabashed striver. His candid scheming is set against the silver-tongued, English-accented (naturally) hypocrisy of his former boss (Malcolm McDowell). Piven delivers his rapid-fire rants with letter-perfect technique and timing — he doesn’t so much chew the scenery as chew his way through dialogue like a stoner through an order of Chinese spareribs. He’s unstoppable.

The new season will have fans turning to the HBO Web site for last season’s episode summaries. What happened to Mandy Moore, Vince’s co-star on Aquaman? And Turtle seemed to have found a way to make himself a productive member of society without betraying his roots by hooking up as a manager for a rapper (Saigon) — what happened there?

It doesn’t matter. There’s trouble brewing in the form of a visitor from the Old Country — a member of the entourage who went bad back in the day and is just out of prison. Everyone’s welcome at Chez Vince, but here’s one lewd, crude dude from the ’hood who may be more than they can handle and who’ll keep the juices stewing in Johnny’s Le Creuset.

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