Friday, April 10, 2009

The show that nobody's talking about

Either no one actually watched this year's "revealing new TNT series" Trust Me, starring Will, from Will and Grace and Ed, from Ed, or no one is man enough to admit that they watched it. Well, this is one guy who not only watched every episode this season, but bears no shame admitting it.

It's a show about life in an ad agency. I work in an ad agency. I had to watch it. Only, this isn't really how things are in an ad agency. At least not my ad agency. The show draws on industry cliches to form its plot lines, then executes them with ham-fisted dialogue that real agency folks would get laughed at, or fired for even thinking.

What I find most interesting is that this show, is little more than a modern take on AMC's hugely popular, Mad Men. Only, with crappier writing, acting, directing, set design and wardrobe. Don't take my word for it - see the Golden Globes 2009 Best Television Series - Drama. And yet, I've never been able to watch an entire episode of Mad Men (except for that one where Don Draper is led away from his meetings in L.A. by some little tramp to frolic in Palm Springs at someone's
super dope, mid-century modern home).

So what about Trust Me did I find so arresting? I don't know. Perhaps it was Griffen Dunne as the aging Group Creative Director. That guy can do no wrong since the mid-80s flick, After Hours. Maybe it was the fact that the Ed guy played an A&R guy in a short lived series called Love Monkey that I thought had potential. Or maybe I'm just so narcissistic that I imagined I was watching my life with a whole lot more drama.

Whatever the reason, please watch the reruns this summer so I can find out what happens next in the exciting, fast-paced lives of advertising creatives, Mason and Connor next season on Trust Me, only on TNT.


James Becker said...

We all know you are just bitter while you wait for the Fat Boys to stage a come-back and do a broadway musical remake of DisOrderlies. (

(Side note: After Hours was one of the top 5 movies made in the 80s)

Phil MyCrevace said...

After Hours on my Top 10 all time movies.

You are on my top 500 all time people.

Me said...

What?! "Trust Me" isn't what the real world is like? You know shows like "CSI" are fact based. All the cop shops have the latest, most up-to-date tech to solve crimes in 60 minutes.

Lefty Wahl said...

duly noted, me.