Trust Me

TNT (ended 2009)


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They'll sell everything but their friendship. Mason McGuire (McCormack) and Conner (Cavanagh) are two very different but equally close leaders of the pack in their cutting edge Chicago advertising agency. When Mason is promoted over Conner, the two must learn to navigate their new paths while their personal and professional relationships are tested. This original TNT series is the latest venture by the creators and executive producers of The Closer, and is scheduled to premiere in January, 2009.

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    • The show did have elements that remended me of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip except I really liked Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

      Never Judge a Show by its Pilot: Trust Me. Well, it's been a while since I wrote a "Never Judge a Show by its Pilot" segment. We had a lackluster fall (FALL 2007 Part II) where the only interesting on TV then was the Election 2008 coverage. It is not my intention to make that statement political, I'm just saying that the election coverage was the only thing that I wanted to watch live as it happened. Everything else could be programmed on my DVR and watched at a later time. Ask yourselves dear readers "Are there any scripted shows that you just have to watch when they are being broadcast?" Now before I go further on this tangent, let us foccuss on the show in question.

      First Impressions of Trust Me:

      If you told me a few years ago that TNT was going to do a drama about the fast pace world of advertising, I would ask, "Why?" Advertising is something that characters like Darrin Stephens (Bewitchd) or Jamie Buchman (Mad About You) did, but those shows were not based around that world. I can not think of one successful TV show that centered on the world of advertising except Mad Men. Speaking of Mad Men... If you told me a few years ago that AMC was going to do a 1960's era drama about the fast pace world of advertising, I would ask, "Why? I keep hearing from network television industry professionals that nobody wants to see a peroid piece on TV". Nice to see the cable channels think outside the box. It seems that the cable channels are becoming the home to scripted dramas and the networks will be the home to sitcoms and other stuff. Trust Me is a drama that stars two talented actors who are known for comedy Eric McCormack (Will & Grace) and Tom Cavanagh (Ed) and was created by the team that brought you The Closer (a crime drama) and Nip/Tuck (a medical drama). With all that I am expecting smart humor, drama, sex/T&A and action. Where Mad Men's key ingredient is nostalgia, TNT is claiming that the friendship of the two main characters Mason McGuire (McCormack) and Conner (Cavanagh) will draw an audience. The TNT web site says, "Their yin-yang relationship is put to the test when Mason is named a creative director of the agency, making him Conner's boss. The series follows the changing dynamics between the two friends, who are better together than they are apart". Let me watch the show and see if it lives up to the hype.

      I watched the pilot and I found the the show to be very diferent from Mad Men. The show did have elements that remended me of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip except I really liked Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (CHILD OF TELEVISION: Never Judge a Show by its Pilot: Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip). The pilot does center on Mason being named a creative director of the agency after the current creative director Stu Hoffman (Jason O'Mara) dies of a heart attack. Both Mason and Connor have trouble adjusting to the new pecking order. The episode ends with Mason creating a cell phone ad campaign on the spot with Connor sending the tag line "What can you do with one hand?" via text message. The characters are smart, they have humor but I see did not any drama, sex/T&A or action. The chemestry between Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh was great. In fact I'd say that the entire cast did the best they could with the material they had. Like Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip we see the behind the scenes operations of an industry that most Americans don't identify with or care about. After all how can they feel any sympathy for people whose job it is to get working people in this economy to buy stuff that they don't need and can't afford? The show is a perfect example why there has never been any successful TV shows that center on the world of advertising except Mad Men. Perhaps the idea for this show was hatched when our economy was diferent. Perhaps I'm overthinking all of this. Perhaps I should never judge a show by its pilot.

      I watched the next episode. The big crisis here is that a focus group thought that the tag line "What can you do with one hand?" was about masturbation and the team has to come up with a new tag line by the end of the day. Their deadline gets moved before the team was ready and when Mason calls Connor who is having sex. Connor comes up with the tag line "Do Thumb Thing" (Sounds like "Do Something" with a lisp). Mason later realises that Connor subconsiously stole "Do Thumb Thing" from an egotistical 26-year-old perspective employee's portfolio. Our heroes now have to infultrate a focus group and make them hate the new tag line. The premise reminds me of an episode of Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip that centered on an alleged-stolen joke.

      Even though this type of TV drama is escapist the audience still has to connect with the characters and the plot. They need be able to cheer the good guys and boo the bad guys. I can't see that the viewers will have any emotional investment in the show. I'm starting to think that TNT doesn't really know drama. I have an idea on how to save this show. Heres the pitch. We keep the talented cast, change the format to a half hour sitcom, add a Larry Tate type character (I like Larry Miller) and have Tina Fey write and produce.

      To quote the tag-line from a cell phone campaign in the pilot, "What can you do with one hand?" My answer is give the show a thumbs down.

      Stay Tuned

      Tony Figueroamoreless
    • A show that is finding its legs.

      Okay, so here I am again with better news than before. I actually stuck with the show because I truly wanted it to be better than it was. And guess what! It was worth the wait. I've now watched the entire season and to be honest, the episodes got better after my negative review. The writers seem to have found their stride and the characters seem much better fleshed out. They don't seem to be acting as manic as before; they seem to have settled into their roles. Tom and Hector are getting (slightly) more screen time and I'm glad of that. And I really liked Sarah Clarke in the last episode. Even Griffin Dunne was more tolerable in the finale, although I would still like to see Tony "retire" from advertising. LOL So I'm changing my review and my score and I will tune in again if the show gets picked up for a second go-round. As I said in my first review, Eric and Tom are pure gold. Let's hope the writers continue to elevate the quality of the material they're given to work with. Go Canucks!!moreless
    • Trust Me will be my second TNT show that I have watched and stayed tune for. The first TNT really showed me that TNT can bring good shows. It is pretty boring and uninteresting right now...but hopefully later it will get good.moreless

      This show was again like no other just to be put on my list but now I am getting really interested in it. The show has good drama and a great background. I didn't think that the life of advertising was hard but this series showed me wrong. The characters are awesome and I can't wait to see what story the next few episodes will bring. To tell you the truth, right now it is pretty boring. It doesn't catch my eye therefore I am not a big fan of it. The stories and characters are unique but they don't have that touch we need to really stay tuned. Hopefully, in the end of the series it will bring something new and creative like Leverage did but right now I'm just trying to catch the season.moreless
    • "Amazing and great plotted show!" Five Stars *****

      Trust Me is a amazingly dazzling series of great actors. It features great actors such as Eric McCormack (from Will & Grace) as Mason McGuire, Tom Cavanagh (from Ed) as Conner, and Monica Potter as Sarah Kraijeck-Hunter (from Boston Legal). This such a truly amazing tv show. It has some great and funny humor, and great drama. This is one of the best TNT TV shows to ever be made.

      It has great plots of the characters having problems and then being saved as they are all friends, and when Mason and Conner have to come up with business for the company with a great story of all the characters. If you are a Eric McCormack fan, watch this series.moreless
    • Trust Me is amazing!

      I love this show. When I first saw the commercial for it I was a bit apprehensive, but it surprised me at how well written it is. Mason and Conner's friendship is the main basis of the show. They both work at an ad agency and every week something happens to either tear at the their friendship or make it stronger than ever. Sometimes when their friendship is on the rocks, it's stronger by the end anyway. This show has been added to my favorites list and I recommend it to anyone who likes a good drama with a pretty decent amount of humor added in.moreless
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    • © 2008 Turner Network Television
    • © 2008 Turner Network Television
    • © 2008 Turner Network Television

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