Tuesday, July 10, 2012

ABC Asks You to "Trust us with Your Life"

Kelly Osburne, Wayne Brady, Jack Osburne and Jonathan
Mangum appear on tonight's episode of "Trust Us with Your Life."
Photo: ABC Television

For those who miss the crazy antics of the Whose Line Is It Anyway? you are in luck. ABC is premiering the brand new improv comedy show, Trust Us with Your LIfe tonight at 9:00 p.m. From the very beginning, the show will look familiar because it is created by the same crew of Whose Life and even features some favorite improv actors from the previous show.

Sitting in for Drew Carry (who apparently has his hands full with CBS’ The Price is Right game show), is Fred Willard, a very suitable replacement. The main improvisers on the series are Wayne Brady and Colin Mochrie (from the Whose Line) and Jonathan Mangum. They will be joined by guest performers including Brad Sherwood, Greg Proops, Nicole Parker, Craig Cackowski, Josie Lawrence and David Armand.

However, despite its similarities, Trust Us is not the same show. There is plenty of new, fresh material here. The biggest change is that each episode features a different celebrity. Guests are interviewed shortly by Willard and then the cast act out the guest’s life’s stories usually with hilarious results. Tonight’s guests are Serena Williams for the first half hour and Jack & Kelly Osburne for the second half. Upcoming stars include David Hasselhoff, Ricky Gervais, Jerry Springer, Florence Henderson, Jane Seymour and Mark Cuban.

Improv games include “Glee Club” where the improvisers act out a scene and then break out in song when prompted, a game where the guests try to decipher a song that is being acted out, and a story acted out by actors lying on a mat, but appear to be standing up.

One complaint from the previous series was some of the subject matter used that was inappropriate for younger viewers, and frankly, for a lot of us older viewers as well. According to the two screeners I’ve seen for the series, it appears to be a “cleaner” production, and in some way, an even funnier show. Somehow though, you just know that with some guests, the show is bound to go over the line of good taste. Surprisingly, the episode with the Osburnes is pretty tame and gives you a glimpse into the lives of celebrity children - they aren’t much different from us.

Trust Us with Your Life airs at 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. on ABC.

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