Tuesday, January 27, 2009

'Trust Me' ... It's Good

'Trust Me' on TNTBy LillyKat
PTR Senior Staff Writer

When I first saw the promos running for TNT's new don't call it a dramedy series, Trust Me, I thought: that's going to be good.


Aside from Eric McCormack being front and center once again (thank you, there is a TV Goddess), all of the cop and lawyer shows that are EVERYWHERE on the tube these days get a little a) boring; b) repetitive; c) predictable; and, d) border on burn out. (Like, is no one coming up with anything else?!?! Do we really need another CSI?!?! What the hell happened to the sitcom?!?! Why is no one watching 30 Rock?!?!)

Anyhooo, it's refreshing when something light, bright and airy comes along. That, or at least something that doesn't take itself too seriously à la In Plain Sight (which proves cop shows CAN be funny).

Enter Trust Me.

Humor. Wit. Dialogue written at the speed of light. Sarcasm. Irony. Poignant moments. Clever inter-personal struggles. Perfect chemistry.

I'm not sure what this show DOESN'T have (And, for the record, can we please stop saying it's a present-day Mad Men? It's not. Mad Men is way too mental and/or serious and/or 50s and/or drama and/or heavy and/or ... fill in your own blank).

Last night, we were introduced to Mason (McCormack) and Connor (Tom Cavanagh), two guys who have worked for an umpteen number of years at a high-powered ad agency in Chicago.

Mason, the art director, is the serious, focused, dutiful, hard working, lives-and-breathes advertising, doesn't-think-you-need-to-be-an-a-hole-to-climb-the-latter kind of guy.

Connor, on the other hand, is the fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants copywriter genius who would rather be downing a few beers at the local pub than concentrating on the campaign at hand.

Their yin and yang make a pretty good team. When Mason unexpectedly becomes Connor's boss (thanks to the dropping dead of the former Creative Director - who was played ingeniously strung out by the always good Jason O'Mara) ... well, things get interesting.

And they get why they can't live without each other.

The show is just fun to watch. It's sort of this mixture of serious and funny, and I've have to agree with McCormack when he told us here at PTR that it's like a cross between thirtysomething and Boston Legal.

Ahem ... for those of you NOT old enough to have watched thirtysomething, suffice it to say there's enough comedic stuff going on, but it's tempered by the struggle of what most of face in life - balancing work, life and friendship.

McCormack and Cavanagh work an amazing chemistry together. For anyone typecasting either actor from any of their previous roles, you will be nicely surprised at how well each fits into these new molds.

And on a purely shallow note: can I just say I love the set decoration? Can I work in an office like that some day?

Make a note: my Mondays are now split between BJ and Co and the Mason/Connor Chronicles.

Trust Me airs Mondays at 10 p.m. on TNT. You can learn more about the series by visiting the Trust Me Official Web site.

1 comment:

RichE said...

I have to agree, it was pretty good.

I was never a big fan of Will&Grace (Megan Mullally (Karen) stole that show) but it worked well with a good cast, including Eric.

I only really know Tom Cavanagh from his guest appearances on Scrubs. His character being there was rarely a good sign for JD but it was entertaining to watch.

My one real issue would be Monica Potter's character. I realise that the first show has to do a lot of setting up before things can really get going, but Sarah could have been missed out entirely until a later episode. There is clearly a history between her an Mason, which will no doubt playout further.

Sarah Clarke (Nina Meyers, 24) was listed in the opening credits. Did anyone see her? Did I blink during that frame?