Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanaugh talk Trust Me

Jan 22, 2009 at 5:38 p.m. ET

Trust me. You won't want to miss TNT's newest original drama starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh. It's a modern day Mad Men about creative partners at an ad agency and what happens when one of them becomes the boss.

Talking Trust

The stars sat down with SheKnows to talk about Trust Me and it was clear from the start that McCormack and Cavanagh's on screen chemistry carries over into real life. It was a half-hour of fast banter, good-natured jabs and a handful of nonsense, just like on TV. "It's not like people have been lining up saying, 'when is an advertising show going to come along?'" says McCormack who plays responsible creative director Mason McQuire.

Tom and Eric are a perfect comic team

"(Trust Me) is not about advertising. It's about characters that connect, that are riffing off each other. The friendship part of it just really spoke to me. It was exactly what I wanted to do and I just prayed to get paired up with somebody great. Unfortunately that didn't happen, but I do get Tom Cavanagh, which is just fine. It'll do."

Eric McCormack puts Will and Grace behind to Trust Me

Ad men

Cavanagh takes over explaining how the best thing about McCormack's Mason is that he gets to work with Connor (Cavanagh). And what's the best thing about playing quirky copywriter Connor?

"He's irresponsible, petty, shallow, immature and brilliant. There's goodness there too, in spite of all the womanizing and drinking and all that kind of stuff. It's enjoyable playing him," Cavanagh, a frequent Scrubs guest star, says. "He's exceptionally well written and that is the main thing. Any time you're doing episodic you're going to see and play the guy every day, you want it to be something that you like as a character and that is well written."

Goodbye Grace

For Eric McCormack, Trust Me is a chance to break out of the public perception of him as Will from Will & Grace.

"I'm very proud of Will, and of that show, but I think people know that that was a role I was playing and will hopefully give me a chance to be Mason. I had eight years of gay and it's nice to be able to play some of the marriage stuff," McCormack says.

"Already in eight episodes the stuff they've written for Sarah Clarke and I as husband and wife has mirrored my life in terms of some of the arguments we've had and some of the situations we've had," McCormack says.

Sarah Chalke gets Eric McCormack to think

"And I like Mason's central dilemma; the idea of a guy that didn't really think he wanted any power suddenly having power and trying to figure out how to use that. As an actor who has produced, I've had that exact dilemma where it's like one day I'm happy to be the boss and happy to be in control. The next day I just want nothing to do with it. I just want to play like actors play and let somebody else make the decisions. So I think I relate to that."

Tom Cavanagh also leaves a TV persona behind, Ed

The Tom and Eric show

Even though Trust Me boasts a fine ensemble cast there's no getting around the fact that the success or failure rests solely on McCormack and Cavanagh.

"You know that line from the classic Sylvester Stallone vehicle Rocky?" says Cavanagh. "There's a line that's like, 'She's got gas. I've got gas. Together we feel gas.' That's one of the things that I love about the relationship we have together. Like truthfully, we do have gas, you know? I siphon some maturity and presence and perspective off his and he gets to live on a high wire a lot off my character. And not only is it a good thing for the personal but for the professional side of things like necessarily to survive in the cutthroat world of advertising you need to have that kind of symbiosis. You need to be able to react and fill each other gaps and be able to know where the other person is going because you need to come up with a multi-million campaign tagline by 4:00pm."

"Yes. And I sometimes, as Mason," adds McCormack. "I like sitting back and watching this guy bounce off the walls. I mean it's what I, Eric, like watching Tom do and I think Mason likes watching Conner do it. You can get annoyed, but you can also just admire the sheer non-stop-ness of it. And when we're on set and Tom is Conner it pretty much never stops.

"It's a lot of non-stop-ness," says Cavanagh and I'm confused again.

It seems to me that there's not a lot of separation between Cavanagh, Connor, Mason and McCormack. Or maybe there are really four people on the phone and not two.

It doesn't matter. It's all good, as long as you don't say dramedy.

"Oh, you said it." Cavanagh says.

"Damn it! Will one of you please coin a new phrase?" McCormack adds.

"Nobody likes to say dramedy. You can't lead with com, comedy because then it becomes comma." Cavanagh interjects.

I suggest they use commatic.

"Nice. Very good. Dramatic, commatic." says McCormack.

"It's better than comma," says Cavanagh.

And I feel sorry for the director that has to corral these two on a daily basis. On the other hand, the lively banter and high-energy craziness makes for great TV.

Trust these two?

Cavanagh asks that you tell your friends and families to watch Trust Me when it premieres on Monday January 26 at 10:00 pm on TNT…

And then tell their families and their friends and their friends' families and their families' friends and their families' friends...

Someone take away that man's coffee...I think he's had enough.

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