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Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Trust Me fails to captivate

by Jennifer Squires Biller

Let me preface this review by saying that I love Tom Cavanagh and Eric McCormack.

But not even this dynamic duo got me interested enough in the new TNT series Trust Me to give it a slot on my busy DVR.

Set in the world of advertising, Trust Me follows two creative partners struggling in the high-pressure world of advertising. Who knew advertising was such a cut-throat business?

Not me. If Trust Me is any real reflection of what goes on in the ad world, then I’m glad I didn’t choose that career.

Trust Me is so serious at times it’s downright depressing. It’s advertising, people. It’s not like it’s a hospital or a law firm setting, where characters are actually determining the fate of people’s lives. Yet, the plots make it feel that way.

Cavanagh and McCormack excel at comedy and dramedy. Sadly, they get little of either in this show. Chalked full of office politics, professional jealousies and co-worker conflicts, on paper, it seems that Trust Me would work on every level. It doesn’t.

If you’re fans of Cavanagh and McCormack, then you should check out the show and decide for yourselves. But trust me, I cannot endorse this one.

Trust Me airs Mondays at 10 p.m. ET on TNT.


joy said...

If Trust Me is any real reflection of what goes on in the ad world, then I’m glad I didn’t choose that career.

BWAHAHAHA. As well you should be glad.

I haven't figured out how I feel about the show yet, mainly because I spend my 44 minutes alternately laughing at the screen, recognizing people I work with, and then yelling epithets at the screen.

So far, getting rid of Monica Potter would do a whole lot of good for me. Or, making her character an account executive, because her neurotic OCDs make her a more believable AE, than copywriter. (I can say this, as an account person.)

I'm giving it a couple more chances, though I'm not entirely sure why.

tube talk girl said...

Wow, thanks for the insight! Who knew the ad world was so tough?

I'm not feeling Monica either. I hate not to love this show, though, because I so adore Tom Cavanagh.

I'm glad you're giving it a shot. Sometimes, I will hate the first couple episodes of a show and then eventually love it. Hopefully, that's the case here.

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