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Preview Clips For Series Premiere of Cupid With Sarah Paulson and Bobby Cannavale on ABC

Cupid's Arrow Strikes Again Starting Tonight

It's not like TV remakes are anything new (holla, 90210!). But a show's creator getting another shot at his or her own failed series is practically unheard of. That's why I'm curious about Cupid, the new — well, and old — series from Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas that starts tonight on ABC.

The first Cupid, starring Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall, aired 10 years ago on ABC but only lasted 14 episodes. Thomas said back at the TCA press tour in January that he hadn't even talked about the show in almost a decade. "There was no reason to," he said. "It was an idea that I had gotten on the air. There was no reason to believe anyone would want to do it again." Then ABC approached him about a remake (as did the CW, which ended up making the short-lived Valentine, Inc. instead), and soon he was jumping back into Cupid's world.

This version of the story stars Bobby Cannavale in Piven's old role and Sarah Paulson in Marshall's. The premise is essentially the same: Cannavale believes he's Cupid sent down from heaven to match up lovelorn singles; only after 100 successful love matches can he return to Mt. Olympus. Paulson is a well-regarded relationship therapist and skeptic assigned to Cupid's case (though she calls him by his human name, Trevor).

I wasn't a fan of the original series (nor was I a detractor — I somehow missed the whole thing entirely), but I saw enough in the first episode of this Cupid to keep me watching for a while. Specifically, Cannavale is a lot of fun as the goofy Trevor, and while I'm less a fan of Paulson, she plays well off of him. What I didn't like was the dull couple-of-the-week story, and those are going to have to get better in a hurry if Cupid wants to keep me around. But I'm most curious to see what fans of the original have to say about this one, so if that applies to you, come back here and tell me, OK? In the meantime, to watch a couple of clips from tonight's premiere, just


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CoralAmber CoralAmber 8 years
I thought it was very funny and charming.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I watched the first few minutes of the show last night but I wasn't hooked. i was afan of the original version with Jeremy Piven, but I think he's so charming overall. I guess I can sum up my feelings about the remake this way- 10 years ago I believed Jeremy Piven was Cupid and the doctor was jaded. Now I think Bobby Cnnavale is just a mental guy looking to play matchmaker. I don't know if it's the actors in the roles that have changed my opinion or just my view of the world
tiabia tiabia 8 years
I watched and Bobby Cannavale is pretty adorable and great in the show. But they seriously need to recast the Paulson character...she's like watching paint dry...dull as hell.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Bobby Cannavale ! Paulson :( if Bobby takes his shirt off once its gonna be my new favorite show haha He is so hot to me- ever since Will and Grace
mehollowell mehollowell 8 years
It was alright; I don't know if it will make it though.
superstar2780 superstar2780 8 years
I agree with jaxlyn too. the original show was great mostly because of jeremy piven (who interestingly enough I kind of hate now). I have doubts about cannavale. and I think it's just weird that they are bringing the show back in the first place.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
It was cute. I'm not sure it'll make it though. I pretty much agree with Jaxlyn's assessment. We'll see what happens.
JaxlynNicole JaxlynNicole 8 years
The original show totally introduced me to Jeremy Piven - my mom still talks about what a funny show it was and I totally agree. I have my doubts that Bobby Cannavale can carry his own show... I like him and the work he's done lately, but I don't see him as leading man material. As for Paulson, yuck... she'll be the nail in the coffin if this show fails. We'll see..
shoegirl365 shoegirl365 8 years
I saw it tonight, maybe I have seen too many stories that I kinda knew the ending, but it didn't keep me from watching it till the end. I did smile throughout, I do believe that there is chemistry between Cannavale & Paulson. I am interested in finding out what is next so maybe I will hang around the show and see what happens
Edie-J-Blige Edie-J-Blige 8 years
I loved the original! Jeremy Piven was quite endearing. I was so surprised when they decided to bring it back. Can't wait!
johnsonkm20 johnsonkm20 8 years
The original show is adorable! The episodes are on youtube if anyone is interested.
esmerb esmerb 8 years
I was a fan of the original so I am SO looking forward to watching this new version!
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