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post #1 of 18
Thread Starter 
So did anyone watch?

I found it enjoyable, good not great. Lots of witty banter to keep up on a weekly basis. I found the plot a little weak when Tom Cavanaugh couldn't get into a meeting with the rest of his group, but they went for comedy there.

I'll watch to see where it goes.
post #2 of 18
The first 10 minutes were really bad and I almost gave up on the show. After that it really picked and both my wife and I found it enjoyable. We will definitely tune in next week. It was a pretty good first episode.
post #3 of 18
I enjoyed it. It looked to me like a show that could take off if the writers are up to it.
post #4 of 18
We enjoyed the show and like most shows its success will depend on the writers keeping it interesting. My only problem is "When will I watch another hour show?"
post #5 of 18
I will give this show a few more tries before I drop or keep. I usually like anything Tom Cavanaugh is in.
post #6 of 18
I'm still liking this show, the whole cast seems to be a good fit, I like their chemistry. I didn't think I'd really like the show, but I was wrong, it's pretty good.
post #7 of 18
From Fredfa's "Hot Off The Press" thread:

Critic's Notes
3 high-quality series worth keeping
By Tim Goodman, San Francisco Chronicle

You might have guessed that the television business is impatient, twitchy and insecure, and forever looking at numbers to spin and people to hook up to measuring devices. It's a crazy place. They need hits. As an afterthought, they also need quality. When they look at their shows, sometimes they can't quite figure out what to do with them. It's complicated.

So let's make this easy: Dear Fox, TNT and ABC. Please renew "Lie to Me," "Trust Me" and "Life on Mars." These are high-quality shows. They are entertaining. Better yet, from a critical standpoint, they are meeting their potential - trending up, if you will. All of this despite your current or near-future tinkering.

To wit:

-- "Lie to Me" airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. on Fox but shifts to 8 p.m. on March 4. Let's hope the fans figure that out.

-- "Trust Me" follows cable's most popular series, "The Closer," and there's a gigantic drop-off of viewers from there, making the meager numbers of "Trust Me" all the more glaring. But those shows are not compatible. It's a programming mistake; this series needs to be nurtured in the appropriate spot, not penalized for failing to hold onto viewers from TNT's highest-rated show.

-- "Life on Mars" had a nearly two-month gap between its seventh and eighth episodes - and when it came back it was on a different night.

No need to play the blame game. But these shows are worth keeping. And here's why:

Fox's "Lie to Me" focuses on Cal Lightman (the superb Tim Roth) as the foremost authority on using science to figure out when someone is lying (based on the work of psychologist Paul Ekman of UCSF). With the potential to be Fox's next "House," this is a procedural that transcends the limits of the genre. The series has had compelling story arcs and is slowly developing not only the tics of Roth's Lightman - whose obsessive brilliance fuels the series - but also the supporting cast. By using actual science to indicate what the facial expressions and body language of people say about them, "Lie to Me" is infinitely more interesting than CBS' "The Mentalist," and the series deftly uses photos of real people (celebrities, politicians, etc.) to show how their often infamous tics are identical to those people in the fictional plot of "Lie to Me." It's a neat trick and, combined with Roth's wonderful portrayal and the emerging backstories of the other characters, has kept "Lie to Me" improving from week to week. Note to Alex Rodriguez: Don't be surprised if you pop up here. By the way, ratings for this series are good, but Fox might be waiting to see what it can do leading into "American Idol" on March 4, instead of out of it - a far tougher task.

TNT's "Trust Me," 10 p.m. Mondays, manages to be funny, charming and serious within the confines of one hour - a rarity for any show. The series stars Eric McCormack ("Will & Grace") and Tom Cavanagh ("Ed") as best friends and rising creative partners at a Chicago advertising firm. When McCormack's steady Mason character becomes creative director, thanks to a timely heart attack that hits the previous creative director, it puts a slight strain on his relationship with Cavanagh's impetuous Conner, who is the copywriter on the team. Both a workplace drama and an expansive take on friendship, "Trust Me" has played on the magnetic charm of both actors. But the series has surprised with strong writing that fuels interesting plots and welcome depth to the cast.

Both Monica Potter as the uptight but talented Sarah - another copywriter - and Griffin Dunne as Tony, the boss of the department, are standouts. Other characters in the firm are also beginning to get fleshed out, adding to the storytelling elements of "Trust Me." But the core element here is that McCormack and Cavanagh are entertaining and engaging. Of the three series, this one might be in the most danger. Here's hoping TNT gets sold on it.

ABC's "Life on Mars," 10 p.m., Wednesdays, has already overcome a number of hurdles, so it would be nice to assume the show is lucky or blessed or both - but it's on a network that matches its bold ambition with a quick hook. The first success of the series was managing to not mar the reputation of the British original it was based on while keeping its spirit in subsequent episodes. The premise is tricky: A detective in New York City circa 2008 gets hit by a car and wakes up in New York City circa 1973. Is he dead? Is he dreaming in a coma? Actual time travel? It's the core mystery - but the series works cases every week from the precinct in 1973, making it a procedural new fans can join late.

Jason O'Mara is riveting as Sam Tyler, the detective gone back in time. Harvey Keitel is his hard-as-nails, ethically challenged boss, Gene Hunt. And Michael Imperioli plays a shifty fellow detective, Ray Carling, with aplomb and a full-on '70s mustache. The cast is rounded out by Gretchen Mol as Annie, trying to make it as a female cop in an era not ready for her, and Jonathan Murphy as Chris, the somewhat naive younger detective. It's a stellar ensemble that inhabits a cool, retro New York City and going about business to the beat of one of television's best soundtracks. It's a quirky show coming into its own. The only thing "Life on Mars" needs from ABC is more life.

post #8 of 18
Looks like Trust Me is in pretty serious trouble:

TNT's Trust Me struggles like Charles Barkley's swing
Posted on 10 March 2009 by Robert Seidman

I wanted to take a moment to cull out a couple of cable ratings tidbits separate from our weekly cable top twenty (plus much more!).

TNT can't be happy with the results for its new show Trust Me. Because the show focuses on advertising it is often compared to Mad Men. But now it's pulling Mad Men style numbers, which is OK if you are on AMC like Mad Men is, but probably not OK if you're on TNT like Trust Me. Last week in its first Tuesday at 10 pm airing, it averaged 1.053 million. The previous week on Monday night at 10pm it drew 1.646 million.

So now TNT has a struggling Saving Grace, and a struh-guh-ling Trust Me. TNT is also where Charles Barkley does basketball commentary and that reminded that Barkley who has done his time for his DUI, and is starring in the Haney Project on the Golf channel where Tiger Woods' coach Hank Haney tries to fix Sir Charles' most bizarre golf swing. It pulled 435,000 viewers last Monday (3/2) in its premiere on the Golf Channel, and I'm sure Golf is very happy about those numbers seeing as how they were higher than anything else on the network for the week.

What it really got me thinking though was, wow, Tiger going out in the 2nd round of the Accenture match play event (the second round was on a Thursday) really hurt exposure for the Haney Project. Had Tiger made it to the last day, or even to Saturday, many, literally millions more people would've seen the Golf Channel ads for the show aimed at fixing Barkley's swing than wound up actually seeing it.

post #9 of 18
Mad Men and Trust Me are both about advertising, but there is one glaring difference, IMO. Trust Me doesn't even come close in quality of writing. There is no chemistry at all among any of the characters in Trust Me.
post #10 of 18
Originally Posted by Marty Milton View Post

Mad Men and Trust Me are both about advertising, but there is one glaring difference, IMO. Trust Me doesn't even come close in quality of writing. There is no chemistry at all among any of the characters in Trust Me.

I completely disagree, I think there is great chemistry in Trust Me, that's why I like it so much, Tom Cavanaugh and McCormack make a great team, I avoided Mad Men, because Direct doesn't seem to care if they ever pick up HD, but I watched the first season, and I liked it, but I do really enjoy Trust Me and I think the dialog is pretty good, that's just my opinion of course, but I do throughly enjoy the show.
post #11 of 18
Well, last night was the season finale, and I'm sure Series Finale. I really enjoyed this show. RIP 'Trust Me'.
post #12 of 18
Originally Posted by rebkell View Post

Well, last night was the season finale, and I'm sure Series Finale. I really enjoyed this show. RIP 'Trust Me'.

I enjoyed it too, my brother works in the industry in a very similar capacity so it was fun to watch. I will say though that Tom Cavanaugh's character really got on nerves at times, he was a like a poster child for ADD. Monica Potter did a great job though with her character, I hope she ends up somewhere soon.
post #13 of 18
Final ratings for the last two episodes of "Trust Me" from Fredfa's "Hot Off The Press" thread at the top of the 'HDTV Programming' thread:

Trust Me (9pm)
- 0.434 million viewers
- 0.3/1 HH
- 0.2/0 A18-49

Trust Me (10pm)
- 0.426 million viewers
- 0.3/1 HH
- 0.2/0 A18-49

I don't think in their worst-case scenarios TNT suits ever envisioned "Trust Me" bombing so badly. And all that expense of promoting and airing episodes of "The Closer" (out of its summer time comfort zone) as lead-ins for "Trust Me" in January... good Lord, what a waste of time/resources for everyone involved.
post #14 of 18
I enjoyed the show. I'm shocked it did so poorly.
post #15 of 18
I watched the pilot and half of the second episode before I bailed. I found Tom Cavanagh's performance unbearable. I liked him in Ed but his quirky mannerisms were off putting in Trust Me.
post #16 of 18
From Fredfa's "Hot Off The Press" thread:

TV Notes
TNT Cancels Trust Me'
By Stuart Elliott, The New York Times

Trust Me, a comedy-drama about a make-believe advertising agency in Chicago, was canceled by TNT on Friday after a single season.

It achieved creative success, said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM in Atlanta. It just didn't find an audience.

According to ratings data from TNT, a Time Warner cable channel, Trust Me drew only about 1.4 million viewers for each episode during its 13-episode season, which started in January and ended on Tuesday.

The series featured Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh as creative executives at the imaginary agency.

People sometimes lament there's so much drama built around doctors and lawyers and police, Mr. Wright said, but it may be that the world of advertising is not as accessible a subject as other subjects on television.

The acclaimed drama about advertising on AMC, Mad Men, also draws a smaller audience than procedural dramas.

Turner Entertainment, which oversees TNT, integrated real products into the scripts of Trust Me as part of advertising sales packages; the characters at the agency, Rothman Greene & Mohr, worked on campaigns for brands including Dove.

post #17 of 18
Thread Starter 
I watched all the episodes and the best I can say was it was OK. Nothing ever seem to click for me. I never really got into what little action there was, everything seemed like plot points rather than situations integral to the story. I think some of the supporting characters needed to be fleshed out more, Tom C. sort of chewed the scenery and ate up too much time that could have been devoted to the supporting cast. I'd have like to know more about Sarah, and the young team.

I can't say I really cared for the ending, have no idea if things remotely work that way in an Ad agency.
post #18 of 18
I liked 'Trust Me' okay, but 2 things bugged me: 1) Cavanaugh's character was unbelievably annoying. That's a forgivable sin. 2) It was product placement hell! Just because you have a show about advertising doesn't mean you make it into a 60-minute commercial! Buick, Dove, Rolling Rock... It seemed the only reason they had a fictional energy drink is because Red Bull said no! I could see all the guys working for the ad agency using the products they advertise--that makes sense--but in the next to last episode, Tony's ex-partner--who isn't in advertising at all anymore--is sitting at the bar drinking Rolling Rock! Sin #2 is unforgivable. Good riddance....

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