Trust Us, Real Advertising Agencies Aren’t That Interesting

I’ll be watching the new TNT show “Trust Me,” which starts next Monday. The New York Times takes a closer look:

“Trust Me,” previously called “Truth in Advertising,” is the brainchild of two former Chicago creative executives, Hunt Baldwin and John Coveny, who are co-executive producers of the hit TNT series “The Closer.” They worked, separately or together, at agencies like Leo Burnett, JWT and Y & R.
To publicize “Trust Me,” TNT is reaching out to Madison Avenue as well as civilians; a campaign includes advertorials in trade publications like Adweek in which Rothman Greene & Mohr is named “agency of the year” and the lead characters — portrayed by two familiar TV faces, Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh — are interviewed about their (faux) careers.

Obviously, it’ll be heavy on the invented dramatics. And I’m sure plenty of ad folks will want to pick each episode apart for realism. Have you ever worked at an agency that had enough drama, comedy or tragedy to make a good show?

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About Dan Goldgeier

Blogging on AdPulp since 2005, Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. In addition, he is a regular columnist for TalentZoo.com. Dan published the best of his TalentZoo.com columns in a book entitled View From The Cheap Seats: A Broader Look at Advertising, Marketing, Branding, Global Politics, Office Politics, Sexual Politics, and Getting Drunk During a Job Interview. Look for it on Amazon in paperback and e-book editions.

  • http://godsofadvertising.wordpress.com Steffan Postaer

    http://godsofadvertising.wordpress.com/
    blogging about the show all week!
    -SRP

  • http://bozotheclown.com bozo

    I don’t know Danny, some of the places I’ve worked were full of clowns typically found in a sitcom.

  • Daddy Dog

    My agencies had more in common with The Office. Douchebags.