Tonight marks the beginning of Trust Me, TNT's new series about two friends working at a modern-day Chicago ad agency. There's Connor, the free-spirited wild guy played by Tom Cavanagh, and then there's Mason, the slightly more uptight and career-driven man who gets a big promotion in the first episode — to be Connor's boss. It's not a particularly deep show, but I greatly enjoyed the two episodes I saw; one even sent me into a giggle fit on an airplane. So, that alone gives it the Buzz stamp of approval.
A few weeks back, McCormack and Cavanagh chatted with reporters about the show, which premieres at 10 p.m. after a new episode of The Closer. Here are highlights:
- McCormack didn't want to be, say, the next CSI guy: Post-Will and Grace, "I didn’t want to be a cop, I didn’t want to say the word forensics, I didn’t want to be a lawyer or a doctor. I wanted a new, fresh setting. I wanted it to be real. I didn’t want to do a science fiction show. This setting, this script, these words, these characters and particularly this relationship, this friendship, just was just totally right up my alley," he said. "It’s written by guys that lived in this world and are very much living a friendship like this one."
- They always knew who'd be Mason and who'd be Connor. "I was like, 'I know Connor’s got funny lines,' but — in terms of bringing myself to a series day after day, week after week, I’m just more drawn to Mason," McCormack said of playing the more serious of the pair. As for Cavanagh, "You kind of feel that this is exactly how it was supposed to have played out," he said, "because you know I like playing the guy I’m playing."
- They both got their start in ads — and didn't hate it. Cavanagh said one of his first big jobs was starring in beer ads in Canada. "I think we shot something close to 11 spots, which was a blast because all I had to do was get the tag line out which was simply, 'If I wanted water I would ask for water,'" he said. "I got to improvise and I had a man's best friend — a dog that I riffed with." McCormack, too, did some beer commercials: "I did five spots with a girl and in every commercial I was trying to hit on her, but in every commercial we were different characters," he said.
- They're thrilled to be working on cable. "This is not a knock on the networks," Cavanagh said. "One of the reasons that we’re here right now is because of what we did at the networks. At the same time . . . some of the best comedy of my generation — you know Friends, Seinfeld, Cheers — these are shows that didn’t fare well early on and then became the blockbuster shows of our time. [Knowing that] you’re at a place where you’re going to get your say is extremely comforting."
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