When you have a cable show about the world of advertising, there are going to be inevitable comparisons to AMC's "Mad Men." And if you compare "Trust Me" to "Mad Men," it's going to come up short.
But if you look at "Trust Me" (TNT, 10 p.m.) on its own, it's not bad. Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanaugh star as two modern ad men, trying to come up with campaigns in a world where it's become too easy to skip the commercials.
McCormack plays Mason, a straight arrow ad man who suddenly finds himself promoted during the midst of a big cell phone campaign his firm has landed. Cavanaugh plays Conner, his rather flightly partner.
Instead of "Mad Men," a much more reasonable comparison could be made between "Trust Me" and "Sports Night." Both shows are centered around 30-something guys, with the dialogue, feel and pacing of the show being similar. It's hard to say that "Trust Me" is in "Sports Night's" class, but the show has potential.
McCormack's Mason is a character we've seen before, but it's in the actor's wheelhouse and he delivers solidly. More disappointing is the Conner character. Cavanagh ("Ed," "Love Monkey") is usually one of the most likeable actors on TV, but Conner behave so juvenile that it's hard to find any sympathy for the guy. Let's hope the writers tone down the characters antics in future episodes.
Also among the cast are Monica Potter, playing a neurotic new hire and Griffin Dunne, as the head of the firm. Jason O'Mara (ABC's "Life On Mars") absolutely steals the pilot with a brilliant turn as Mason and Conner's boss, who is, shall we say, a bit over-caffeinated.
There's enough in the first two episodes to make me want to see where "Trust Me" goes next.
AROUND THE DIAL: Good news for the fans of the BBC version of "Life on Mars" (the best version) -- BBC America will begin airing the show's sequel/spinoff, "Ashes To Ashes" beginning March 7. This time, it's Keeley Hawes ("MI-5") as the modern cop who finds herself in a different time thanks to being shot, and now is an underling to Gene Hunt (Philip Glenister) in the early 1980s.
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: "Trust Me" follows the season premiere of "The Closer" (TNT, 9 p.m.), one of cable's top-rated shows.
Also on cable are ABC Family's hits, "Secret Life of an American Teenager" at 8 p.m. and "Kyle XY" at 9 p.m.
On the networks, "The Last Templar" (NBC, 9 p.m.) wraps up after the season finale of "Superstars of Dance." Can't say I was too enamored with the first part of the miniseries, but I guess I'll stick it out.
Cameron takes over for Cuddy tonight on "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.), while the action continues on "24."
CBS has an all-new night of sitcoms followed by "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 10 p.m.) ABC offers "The Bachelor" at 8 p.m., followed by "True Beauty" at 10 p.m.
Finally, "American Experience" (PBS, 9 p.m.) takes a look at J. Robert Oppenheimer and the development of the atomic bomb.