On Jan. 26, Ed's Tom Cavanagh and Will & Grace's Eric McCormack return to series TV with TNT's drama Trust Me. On the show, they're best friends and creative partners at a Chicago advertising agency who enjoy giving each other a tough time (especially after McCormack's character gets a promotion and becomes Cavanagh's boss). When they phoned PopWatch -- separately, but we tattled on Cavanagh to McCormack -- the vibe was enjoyably similar.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Give me the sales pitch for your character.
Tom Cavanagh: Conner is a Lothario. He's not only the best-looking man ever to grace the small screen -- it's got nothing to do with me, he's just, like, so goodlookin' -- he's also the most intelligent person to ever grace the small screen. So I would say best-looking and most intelligent. Does that answer your question? Are you doing the reporter pause where you wait for the actor to then feel like he needs to give a real answer? NOT HAPPENING.
Eric McCormack: What I like about Mason is that he's a little hen-pecked. He's a little worried about money. He's a regular guy, who has been given some power and suddenly has to swim in shark-infested waters and learn how to discover his inner a--hole. [EW: Tom basically said he thinks Mason is hotter and smarter.] (Laughs) I think that's exactly what Tom thinks.
What have you learned working with your costar that you didn't know about him before?
Cavanagh: Apart from the serial killer thing, nothing. Not a thing. I think everyone suspected that about him anyway, right? Here's the thing: Eric and I are both Canadian. How do you get 200 Canadians out of the pool? "Will all the Canadians please get out of the pool?" He is a very, very good Canadian... Though, suffice it to say my hockey knowledge is slightly more advanced than his [Cavanagh played in college]. At the same time, we can both really hold our own when it comes to discussions on musical theater [both have done Broadway]. You can't peg us, Mandi.
McCormack: I guess that he's just got the one testicle. You know, he still does pretty well. [EW: He went with a serial killer line for you.] Did he? (Laughs) No, I think the nicest discovery was that all the rumors that he was a total a--hole were a little exaggerated.
When do you yell at the TV?
Cavanagh: When the puck goes off the post.
McCormack: I love The Soup with Joel McHale. I watch it mostly because he shows the shows that I could never actually sit through. I yell at the insane reality shows and talk shows. I yell at the unbelievable find-your-mate shows and dating shows. [EW: So there's no guilty-pleasure reality show you'll admit to watching in its entirety?] Anything where humanity is debasing itself and degrading itself, I can't watch. People always say, "Well, you watch American Idol." American Idol is a talent contest, it's not quite the same thing. Although, it is hard to watch Paula week after week without wanting to put your arm around her and go, "Honey, honey, come away from the cameras for a few minutes."
Did you ever write a fan letter to someone when you were young?
Cavanagh: I think the answer is almost definitely no. I didn't really have TV till I was 11-years-old. We spent a lot of our childhood in Africa [his father set up an education program to train local teachers in Ghana], and then when we came back to Canada, we were just trying to get some heating. By the time I had a TV, I was too old to write a fan letter, I guess. Wait, that sounds wrong. Fan letters are encouraged by people of any age. Back pedal, back pedal, back pedal.
McCormack: I did. I think the first one I sent was to Sonny and Cher. I didn't write a lot, but I'm almost positive I also wrote one to Don Adams from Get Smart. I don't remember receiving anything, so I must have sent it to the wrong place.
A piece of pop culture memorabilia from your childhood you wish you still had?
Cavanagh: I had this old Vancouver Canucks hockey jersey with the 'C' in the form of