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Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Down With Mad Men, Long Live Trust Me

A lot of people love the premium television show about advertising professionals in the mid 20th century called Mad Men. I don't. I think it's boring, predictable, the writing is flat with little or no pop and I can't wait until the cast is free to work on better projects, because the acting is the only good thing about that show.

Now that that's out of the way...

Along comes the new TNT show; Trust Me. This is another show about an advertising agency, an idea mill if you will. It's modern but not shined up, you won't see many metrosexuals (not that I have anything against them other than the fact that they're far prettier than I am), and you certainly won't see a relief to the pressure the characters in this show are under. This show grinds, and the grist in that mill comes in the form of some great characters played by many comedic actors we've seen in numerous places. From a Will and Grace veteran to the star of the failed show Love Monkey, along with many other medium to well known television mainstays.

There's a vitality to this show. Nothing is easy, everyone feels pressure from the top, and everything happens at the absolute worst time for everyone. People fly off the handle, and the comedy is imbedded deep in the drama. Watching this popping dialogue being slung around by these actors is like watching an hour of solid bippity-boppity-bounce-bounce-boo! (That's excited speak for; 'the dialog is really well written, fast and tight.') The really good bits, where a little sunshine peeks in through the dark clouds come in the form of realizations and temporary victories made by the characters who recover just enough to climb the next hill.

Oh, and there's a genius new girl caught in the middle.

Go watch this show.


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