Wednesday, March 11, 2009

'Trust Me' Is Running on Empty

'Trust Me' on TNTBy LillyKat
PTR Senior Staff Writer

Well, that was quick.

Last week, Trust Me reminded me of why the show has promise.

This week, not so much.

In fact, at the end of this week's episode, we were given the heads-up that we'll have two back-to-back eps NEXT week starting at 9 p.m.

This, I fear, can't be good.


It seems to suggest TNT is trying to get rid of the show's new eps as fast as possible because ... well, it just isn't doing all that well.

And herein lies the problem once again with the show: it just isn't grabbing people.

For as much promise as the show seemed to have in its premiere, it has dropped off considerably in terms of having that wow-must-watch factor - even though Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh can riff off one another like the day is long.

Even I found myself yawning through this week's ep which, again, seemed to focus on the same things as all the previous eps (give or take): Mason has problem. Conner wants to fix problem. Meanwhile, Conner has his own problem that somehow becomes Mason's problem. Mason doesn't want Conner to fix problem or take his advice. He does so anyway and gets into some sort of conundrum over it. Something happens to bring it to resolution. Next ep.

For as much as I lament the formula of procedurals, THIS formula is old after only a handful of eps.

And how much longer can we go with Sarah Krajicek-Hunter thinking she just doesn't fit in? Isn't doing well? Still needs a partner? I think this oddball out concept with the character is beginning to wear very thin. Yes, I think Monica Potter is doing a wonderful job in her portrayal, and I think this week's ep finally showed the character turning a bit of a corner. However, for the most part, her I-don't-fit-in routine has been beaten into our heads way too much. We need to move on.

I still do think some of the best aspects of the show are Mason's homelife sequences - and that McCormack and Sarah Clarke gel wonderfully as hubby and wife. Yet, that can't be the show's focus because ... well, it's supposed to be about two ad guys with yin-yang chemistry.

But there doesn't seem to be one compelling theme to the show, or one super motivating factor to want to watch.

Two great comedic actors isn't enough.

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

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