Michael Douglas was the man of the evening last night as he received an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award in LA. He hit the red carpet on the arm of his wife Catherine Zeta-Jones, while his Ghosts of Girlfriends Past costar Matthew McConaughey brought along Camila Alves. Kiefer Sutherland and Tobey Maguire took the stage to pay tribute to their pal Michael, and Catherine even brought out her Chicago skills for a song-and-dance number in her husband's honor. Michael's been a Hollywood heavyweight for decades, but we'll see more of him on the big screen in the Wall Street sequel and, according to Catherine, a project they're looking to star in together.
You know what? I like Trust Me. So what if the ratings are low? So what if it doesn't get much buzz? So what if nothing much ever really happens? I like it. I like grabbing a blanket and some popcorn and watching Mason McGuire (Eric McCormack) and Conner Too-cool-for-a-last-name (Tom Cavanagh) snark at each other and eventually make some ads. I even like Sarah Krajicek-Hunter (Monica Potter), even though I think the whole point of her character is to be unlikable.
So — even if I'm the only one — I'm sad that Trust Me is airing its final two episodes tonight. While nothing's been set in stone about the show coming back, McCormack himself says it's not looking good — and he has the role in another pilot to prove it. Since tonight will probably be the end of our time inside RGM, then, I'm determined to enjoy it.
Tonight's two episodes, "You Got Chocolate in My Peanut Butter" and "The More Things Change," start airing at 9 p.m. (EDT/PDT), with the Mink Group still struggling to make up the missing money from losing Arc Mobile and Mason and Conner growing further apart. I hope that something brings them together by the end of the finale, though; this is one bromance that should go out on a high note. Will anyone else be watching? To check out a scene from tonight's episodes, just read more
I'm still enjoying Trust Me, but I have a feeling I'm one of the only ones — and so, apparently, does Eric McCormack. The star of the TNT show has just taken a leading role in a new ABC comedy pilot.
It's probably bad news for Trust Me — worse because The Hollywood Reporter actually calls the show by its old name, Truth in Advertising, in the story! The ratings were never great, but I was holding out some hope that they'd pick it up. This new ABC show is technically McCormack's second priority (if Trust Me gets renewed, he'd back out of this one), but it sounds like that's unlikely.
He's not straying far from Trust Me's buddy comedy roots, though: This show, which is still untitled, centers on "two friends who embark on very different lives." Dean, McCormack's character, is a heart surgeon whose wife (played by Jolie Jenkins) has just given birth to a baby; his friend, Seth (Reno Wilson), is a contractor with a newly empty nest.
What do you make of the news? Sad for Trust Me? Curious to see McCormack in a more traditional comedy again?
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."
To check out a preview from tonight's episode, just read more
Thanks to a little show called Mad Men, ad men have stepped into the TV spotlight, bigtime. Next month, the Don Drapers of the world will be getting a little competition from their modern-day counterparts when TNT launches Trust Me, a show about a Chicago ad agency starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh.
McCormack plays Mason, a creative director who's quick on his feet but occasionally insecure. He's a nice guy in a ruthless world, waiting for his inner go-getter to take over. Cavanagh plays Conner, Mason's more impulsive, unpredictable professional partner. Their relationship takes a crazy turn early on in the series, when Mason is promoted and becomes Conner's boss.
From the preview, I'm liking the relationship between Conner and Mason already — and McCormack, especially, looks adorable as always. Maybe it's just my inner Will and Grace fan talking, but I'm really rooting for this show to be good. To check out the clip, just read more
Summer blockbuster season is officially in full gear! Iron Man kicked things off but this weekend it's all about Indy and die-hard fans are already in theaters watching the long awaited fourth installment of the Ford/Lucas/Spielberg film. Shia may be the newcomer but he already knows how important it is to take his mentor's advice. When ET asked Shia what he's learned from the veteran actor he said, "Stay humble." We love it and hope he sticks to it. The cast showed up last night in NYC to express their gratitude to fans for a special screening. Oh and some other celebrities like Eric McCormack showed up as well. He looks so cute, makes me miss Will & Grace a little. I wonder if they agreed with Buzz's review of the film.
To see lots more picture of Shia, Harrison, James Lipton, Seth Meyers and more just read more
While the lucky and nominated were at the big Oscar show, some of the rest of the A-List partied the night away at Elton John's annual soiree to watch the awards. The shocker of the evening was that newly single Sean Penn showed up with Petra Nemcova on his arm. Seriously? Seriously. Ugh, moving on ... Elton was the ultimate host as usual to the crowd that included Kate and Len, Tara Reid, and (pregnant?) Minnie. Chace and JC Chasez are apparently BFFs these days. I'm sure these Academy Awards were a little less stressful for Ellen DeGeneres who hosted the big show last year but got to relax by Portia's side and hopefully enjoy the champagne this time around. Meanwhile, did Diddy do the red carpet at the Oscars and then drive straight to the Elton party to watch the show? While none of these party-goers went home with little gold men, they surely celebrated enough for all those who did.
To see more from the party including Chris O'Donnell, Chris Noth, Christian Slater, Mary J. Blige, Minnie Driver, Patricia Clarkson, Sharon Stone, Elton John and many others just read more
Every other Wednesday on BuzzSugar, I post a Recast challenge, where I ask you to choose new actors for a classic TV show or movie. The reader who submits the best cast wins a BuzzSugar t-shirt!
While I liked many things about Will and Grace, I think most of all I liked the well-cast actors who brought to life these wacky characters. But if you had to choose new actors to play Grace, Will, Karen and Jack ("Just Jack!"), who would you pick? Who could do justice to the hilariously lovable foursome?
Leave your entry in the comment section below, and I'll pick one winner to feature Tuesday, February 19, complete with a "new" cast photo.
To see a list of characters to recast and a photo of the BuzzSugar t-shirt, read more
Rebecca Gayheart, her steamy hubby Eric Dane and Ana Ortiz were among the celebrities out last night at the 15th Annual Divine Design to benefit Project Angel Food. Dane and Ortiz didn't even have to set their TiVos to watch themselves on Grey's and Ugly Betty since it was a rerun night. Booooo. That doesn't mean there wasn't fun TV this week (yay) — so test how well you were paying attention with Buzz's Quiz. I got 6/8, how about you?
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It's not "Mad Men" but it's pretty darn close.
According to Variety, TNT is in the process of creating a "pilot of ad-world drama" titled "Truth in Advertising." The story will focus on "a powerful agency in contemporary Chicago. [Eric] McCormack will play Mason McGuire, an exec who is better at the corporate side of the biz but is unexpectedly promoted to creative director. [Tom] Cavanagh is cast as Conner, described as McGuire's more emotional and creative counterpart."
Product placement will play a big role.
I was wondering about this project which sounds suspiciously like it might be simply trying to ride on the successful coattails of AMC's "Mad Men," until I read that there will be "commercials-within-the-show." These will fit within the story but also "offer opportunities for a new kind of product placement." Greeeeat.
Well, at least Eric McCormack is back at work on the small screen!
Will Truman Eric McCormack! I can't wait to see him on TV again. And it will be interesting to see if Tom Cavanaugh can be seriously serious on a regular basis in this drama.