Monday, January 26, 2009

Coming up tonight: 'Trust Me'

I was going to write about TNT's "Trust Me" as today's column, but something else got in the way, and I didn't care enough about the show to argue for it. Instead, here's the little blurb I wrote for our daily guide to notable primetime programming (which is usually print-only):
No one smokes, drinks Old Fashioneds or wears fedoras, but a lack of resemblance to "Mad Men" is the least of the problems for "Trust Me," a bland new drama set in the world of modern advertising. Eric McCormack from "Will & Grace" and Tom Cavanagh from "Ed" play partners at a Chicago ad firm who spend most of tonight's premiere trying to come up with a slogan for a cell phone campaign. The dialogue is flat and the characters are mostly forgettable -- except for the one played by Monica Potter, who's as annoying as every other Monica Potter character. (Though, in fairness, this one seems to be intentionally annoying.) Definitely skippable.
Haven't decided yet whether I'll do a separate review of the pilot tonight. If you don't see something new here around 11, just use this post to comment, if anyone cares.

18 comments:

TheTVLegion said...

I've seen the first two episodes of Trust Me and I have to disagree with your assessment. I believe Trust Me is worth watching. While the writing could use some work and most of the secondary characters are worthless, I think Tom Cavanagh and Eric McCormack do a good enough job in the lead roles that it is worth giving Trust Me a chance to improve.

Art Fleming said...

Im gonna watch, probably alone because i find the ad agency setting fascinating.

joy said...

Oh, I'm totally going to watch...having been in advertising for the past decade, it's been fascinating to watch people be fascinated by Mad Men and the industry (that is slowly but surely sucking the life out of me).

Though, this Eric McCormack quote from somewhere scares the hell out of me: "If 'Mad Men's sort of the beginning of the golden age of advertising, this show is kind of about the end of it."

Alan Sepinwall said...

For what it's worth, what I hear from people who actually work in advertising and have seen the show is that they love it and think the show nails the verisimilitude. So if you just want to see your own work life reflected, you'll probably get a lot more out of it than I have so far.

joy said...

Well, they do say misery loves company.

Thanks for letting me know...I'm not gonna lie, it's already on series record at home. Just call me Misery. :-)

Alan Sepinwall said...

Well, they do say misery loves company.

Great, now I have Soul Asylum's "Misery" stuck in my head.

"Frustrated... Incorporated..."

Devin McCullen said...

Is that better or worse than having Kathy Bates with a sledgehammer stuck in your head?

As for Trust Me, hmm, I like the guys...wait, Monica Potter? Run away! Run away!

joy said...

Hahahah. I have to confess...for the longest time, I thought Monica Potter was a long-lost Julia Roberts relative who was blackmailing folks for parts.

I actually like her, but she's totally not who I will be watching. I'm betting Tom and Eric will be insanely great Creatives.

Andrew said...

Will TNT ever put a show together that extends beyond mere comfort food appeal.

LA said...

I'm going to tune in. Believe it I'd not, I'm a fan of Griffen Dunne.

Rick said...

The wife and I have followed Tom Cavanaugh through many a bad show, and this one will be no exception.

Hopefully it will be bad but well-meaning (Eli Stone), instead of bad with nearly no redeeming qualities (Love Monkey)

Matt said...

Having now watched the pilot, I'm intrigued, but not sold. McCormack and Cavanaugh are a likable pairing, and they're using Potter's sometimes annoyingness well, but there's no there there from a dramatic perspective, and while they're clearly trying for witty repartee, the writing isn't strong enough. Given that the alternatives at 10 PM on Mondays are "David Caruso Takes Off His Shades," "True Beauty," and "Medium," it's a servicable option, at least until "Castle" starts up.

Hoosier Paul said...

I thought the pilot was vacuous, trite, overly broad, absurdly cliched ... and I really enjoyed watching it. I've been looking for a new "guilty pleasure" show since they canceled "Dirty Sexy Money," and I think I've found it.

I'm usually attracted to much heavier, more daring fare (Mad Men, Dexter, Battlestar Galactica), so it's nice to have at least one show that keeps me reasonably entertained yet requires no thinking on my part whatsoever.

joy said...

I agree with Matt - they're going for witty repartee, but the writing's just not quite strong enough for Sorkin-esque patter. Which is what I think they need to keep it up, especially in this slickster industry.

As Alan said upthread, "...if you just want to see your own work life reflected, you'll probably get a lot more out of it than I have so far." And it's true - I spent half the episode likening each character (caricature?) to someone I work with - and that was half the fun of watching.

Totally sucked in. Which isn't surprising.

However. Monica Potter needs to just get. off. my. screen. asap.

LA said...

I fell asleep about halfway through it.

Hillary said...

I always thought Monica Potter and Kyra Sedgwick would be the perfect movie siblings for Julia Roberts. (Then Sedgwick played her sister in "Something to Talk About" so I wasn't the only one.)

My dream sibling casting: Rachel Griffiths, Juliette Lewis (I read an interview where even Griffiths sees that resemblance), and John Cameron Mitchell (especially as Hedwig.)

Bunny said...

Re: Joy's comment, Studio 60 was Sorkin and it only lasted one season. (Sob!) I thought the repartee in Trust Me was lively and realistic, and I really enjoyed the premiere. Looking forward to more.

Brian said...

We watched it last night ... big fans of Cavanaugh. I liked it and will keep giving it a shot, but if they keep doing things like Dunne's soliloquy on cartilage, I might take a dimmer view.