HBO Renews How to Make it in America

Posted on: April 26th, 2010 at 6:24 am by

Deadline Hollywood reported last week that How to Make it in America was just renewed for a second season.  HBO ordered eight new episodes of the Mark Wahlberg-produced series, scheduled to return in summer 2011.  That means filming will likely resume in the neighborhood sometime in the near future, and with it, plenty of inconvenience.

Given the last go-round of filming across the Lower East Side, we gave the show the benefit of the doubt and followed from start to finish. The verdict – underwhelming.  It’s sleek and looks nice, but ultimately does not deliver.  Each episode is stacked with pretty faces, cameos, and an overabundance of nabe-dropping, as if to distract the viewer from the mediocre dialog and screenwriting.

The main saving grace, aside from seeing Finch resurface, is the opening sequence, which features the incredible song “I Need a Dollar” by Aloe Blacc. You can purchase that song here.

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  • Joey

    It’s kind of amusing (intentionally?) that you are calling out mediocrity and approvingly name-checking that masterpiece trilogy American Pie in the same post. Anyway, my highlights were my awesome neighbor Guzman and the Vladecks getting namechecked (twice!) on HBO. Sure, this thing shouldn’t win any Emmys, but it was entertaining, which is enough, given that this is just the NY version of Entourage (but from the outside in.)

    Also, I’ve been meaning to ask. What’s this whole “inconvenience” meme? In the 24 years I’ve lived here, I have never once been “inconvenienced” by any of the countless filmings here. Do you park a car on the street in the middle of the day or something, or just another excuse to be grouchy?

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