Wednesday, August 3, 2011

How to Make it on HBO

by Jeff DiGirolamo for tvstoreonline.com

“My lifestyle’s crazy, that’s how I roll”. That is, in a nutshell, the the theme of ‘How to Make it in America’. It premiered on HBO in February of 2010 to the tune of only 8 episodes. It wMark WahlbergCover of Mark Wahlbergas sort of a tease...to those of us who got into it. ‘How to Make it’, being on HBO had some pretty tough competition when you think about all their Emmy award winning shows with all devoted fans. Some might even say it is a knockoff of ‘Entourage’ and it won’t have the longevity that ‘Entourage’ endured. Then there is others who say that since this show is being produced by part of the ‘Entourage’ crew (Mark Wahlberg, Rob Weiss, etc.) that it is here to fill the void that ‘Entourage’ will leave after it’s 8th and final season.

So, how do you really make it on HBO?

Well, first of all you need characters who are relatable yet still a little out of reach. Ben Epstein (Bryan Greenburg) and Cam Calderon (Victor Rasuk) are two buddies in NY who still live by the hustle...mostly Cam. The two of them are trying break through the stiff competition that is New York’s fashion scene with their hip clothing branenglish: This is the american HBO brand logo. ...Image via Wikipedid, “Crisp”. Ben has the fashion sense and smarts, and Cam has “let’s do this” attitude and right amount of hustle. They use Cam’s cousin, Renee (Luis Guzman), for connections and funding, but most of the time that does not work out so well for them.


How to Make it in America”, like ‘Sex and the City’, is a nice montage to New York. Which is good, because I don’t think it would have worked out so well in, let’s say...Cleveland. It takes us on a tour of the fashion world in New York, the hustling in the streets, and with friends like Domingo Dean (Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi), it does make it a little easier. So it does give us a little something different than the other shows.

So with season 2 about to premier in October 2011, do yourself a favor and watch the first season. Don’t be skeptical and ignore the critics. It is a fun show with believable characters and a good story line. It is ‘Entourage’ for the streets.