Thoughts on ABC’s ‘Cupid’ Reboot
Many might have forgotten by now that the new ABC TV series ‘Cupid’ is actually based on a series of the same name from 1998. This new series and the original were both created by ‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas and share the same plot set up. The original 1998 series starred the wonderful Paula Marshall and was a launching ground for Jeremy Piven (when he looked like the old Jeremy Piven, not this abomination he is now).
This series lasted fifteen episodes before being canceled by ABC. It was paired up with the Fantasy Island remake, and the shows complimented each other nicely and were both unique shows that never found an audience. Cut to 2009 and once again Rob Thomas is trying to give his series ‘Cupid’ life once again
The premise of the new ‘Cupid’ reboot remains the same, an exuberant character; Trevor Pierce (Bobby Cannavale) who claims to be the Roman god of love – Cupid. He has been banished to earth where is must bring together 100 couples through fate or other means before he is allowed to return to Mt. Olympus. Since this show takes place in present day New York City, Trevor is assumed to be mentally ill by the State. He is released into the care of psychiatrist and best-selling self-help author Dr. Claire McCrae (Sarah Paulson). Trevor and Claire of course have contrasting views on love and relationships, which of course leads to the inevitable butting-of-heads and comedic hijinks.
It is also a very open-ended story where the audience is given just enough credibility towards Trevor’s cause that doesn’t discount the possibility that he just might actually be the God of love that he claims to be. Also, I’m assuming much like the original there will be a certain level of romantic and sexual tension created between Trevor and Claire.
After watching the pilot episode of the series I found myself enjoying this updated version of a canceled series. The leads Sarah Paulson and Bobby Cannavale are two actors I’m quite fond of, but have unfortunately never found a series that compliments their acting abilities. Paulson most will remember from the failed Aaron Sorkin series ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.’ Bobby Cannavale has starred in a number of independent films and had a reoccurring role on ‘Will & Grace and various other NBC shows. These two compliment each other nicely and even if ‘Cupid’ gets canceled, this will expose them to a larger audience. ‘Cupid’ is a fun light-heard romantic comedy series with just enough of a mystical subtext to it, that it lets it standout from other shows on the network and in primetime right now.
April 8, 2009
4 years ago
Is anyone else watching Cupid on ABC?
I just randomly turned on ABC, while waiting for My Boys, natch, and their new show Cupid is on. Rarely do I enjoy starting a new show mid-season, let alone mid-show, but it’s pretty cute. Plus, it stars the adorable Rick Gomez, whom I remember from What About Brian. A show about dating in NYC? I think I’ll give this one a whirl…