'Trust Me,' skip this one

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TNT is using its hit The Closer to serve as lead-in tonight to the premiere of Trust Me, a new series starring Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh.

Trust me, there is almost nothing in this drama that works.

The series is set in an ad agency with McCormack and Cavanaugh playing two best friends since childhood who now work together thinking up ads for products like cell phones.

In the opening scenes, the two are shown mid-day stretched out at a pool, recovering from hangovers. They lie shamelessly about how hard they are working when the boss calls. This is so far from funny and so many miles - here in these troubled economic times of 2009 - from where most Americans live that it almost makes you lightheaded. (10 p.m., TNT) * 1/2

Uneven return: The good news is that Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is back in action as The Closer returns tonight on TNT. The bad news: It's not a particularly strong episode. The one that follows in two weeks, though, is a winner. (9 p.m., TNT) ***

Late-night guests: NBC anchorman Brian Williams visits the Late Show With David Letterman. Actor Josh Brolin appears on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno.

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