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Trailer for ABC's Cupid Remake Starring Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson

First Look: Cupid

I've been curious for a while now about ABC's Cupid, which is expected to air sometime this Spring. It comes from the mind of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas, who's been given the chance to remake his own short-lived 1998 show. We first heard about the remake more than a year ago, and finally, there's some footage!

Bobby Cannavale (one of my favorite "that guy"s who seems to turn up everywhere) stars as Trevor — or, as he'd rather be known, Cupid, the Roman God of love. He believes he's been put on this earth to bring couples together for their chance at true love, but other people just think he's crazy. Like, certifiably crazy — which is where psychologist Claire Allen (Sarah Paulson) comes in. She's devoted her life's work to helping singles find their soul mates, but even she isn't totally convinced that Trevor is Cupid in the flesh.

Maybe it's just Cannavale's spirited singing, but this trailer makes the show look like a perfect fit with the equally fantastical Eli Stone — or even Pushing Daisies, should the show still be around in the Spring (fingers crossed). I'm curious to hear what you fans of the original Cupid think of this new footage. To check it out, just


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Phil Phil 8 years
By the way, for those who have not seen the original they're available on YouTube (last time I checked which may have been about a year ago), and you can download videos of all episodes as a torrent.
Phil Phil 8 years
eeee!!! Finally something solid from Cupid!!! A lot of people are expressing their longing for the show to feature Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall and Jeffrey Sams and Paul Adelstein and the rest of the original cast. I admit that this is what I want as well, but the fact of the matter is that it isn't going to happen. It's nice to dream about it--very nice (and I have been for the past decade), but we're going to have to content ourselves wiht the cast in it's current incarnation. With that said, on to the clip! Judging from what I saw from Sarah Paulson and Bobby Cannavale, I think there's definitely some room to hope that this will at least fill the void that the original series left. I personally have a bias against Sarah Paulson stemming particularly from the fact that I loathed her fundie Jesus-freak character in Sorkin's Studio 60. But, seeing her in the role of Dr. Claire Allen I'm shocked at how well she fills the Paula Marshall void! And, while I was apprehensive that she would be able to allow me to detach from my preconception of the character, she managed to do so and then some. I'm impressed by how good she was in the scenes used in the promo, and I'm actually pretty confident now that she may be an even better fit for the Claire Allen persona than Marshall was! Bobby Cannavale did not strike me as the obtrusive, charming, witty, hilarious, eccentric double entendre that is Trevor Hale/Cupid (screw "Pierce." Cupid will always be Trevor Hale!). I did like what I saw, but the expectation was ridiculously high with Jeremy Piven's masterful portrail of Eros/Loon. Cannavale is someone to be optimistic, about definitely, but I really need to see more. On the location, the beautiful thing about the original was that it managed to capture a lot of the charm of it's Chicago setting. Jeremy Piven refused to do the show unless it would be shot in Chicago, and with great reason! Chicago is one of the most beautiful cities in the world with the incredible contemporary and historic architecture, with the infinite appeal of Michigan Avenue and of Millennium Park, of the Art Institute of Chicago, the riverfront, to quell my gushing, it's a city that is woefully underrepresented. Movie the show to New York is a lamentable decision. I understand it's much cheaper to film the show there, but Chicago was priceless! Of Rob Thomas' writing, I think he's still spot on from what little I saw in the promo. What I truly loved about the original Cupid was how ingeniously contrived the matches were made on the show! Particularly memorable were the matches made in "Heart of the Matter" (which has me verklempt just remembering!) and "The End of an Eros" (Every little thing she does is magic!) What I loved seeing in the promo was that the match we saw looked to be equally ingenious, Trevor sabotaging New Years to make a match. What's so hopeful about this newest incarnation is that Rob Thomas has 10 years of additonal experience under his belt. And if anything's had an influence on him in the past decade, it's how complex many television shows have gotten. The mythos for many television series have gotten so complex (Battlestar Galactica, Lost, Heroes season 1, &c.), the promo touched on an aspect of mythos that could protentially do away with the one dimensional standalone format the original series had. Then again, I may be going into my own hopeful vision of what Rob Thomas plans to do with the show. Even if it keeps the same format of standalone episodes, I still can't help but feel excited for what the promo has shown! Thank you thank you thank you!!!
wiggle wiggle 8 years
I love Sarah Paulson and that is other dude in the photo is my buddy Rick Gomez! Yay Rick!
susanec susanec 8 years
The original was so good. I'll give this a chance because of Rob Thomas but Paula Marshall, Jeremy Piven and Jeffrey D. Sims were so great in the first one. And Paul Adelstein!
missyjq missyjq 8 years
Wait, how do people dislike Sarah Paulson? I don't get it... Great cast, liked the first one and can't wait to watch.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I don't like the choice of Sarah Paulson in this role...but the show looks pretty cute. Unfortunately, I don't know if it will last long.
Briandiesel Briandiesel 8 years
Oh my! Bobby... :) Take your shirt off in the first 10 minutes and its replacing whatever it comes on against that I watch.
emms emms 8 years
I have to agree with keiran, I'm very torn... First of all, I can't look at Bobby Cannavale without thinking of his oh so memorable episode of Sex and the City. Funky spunk! Second, Sarah Paulson seems to pop up on a lot of canceled shows like Studio 60 and Jack and Jill (remember that one!?) They last a little while and then die. I guess that's only two examples, but I ALWAYS confuse her with Bonnie Sommerville who I swear is her twin and ALSO on shows that got the ax (Cashmere Mafia and Kitchen Confidential). So between the two of them (and I count them as one person) thats four cancelled shows that had relatively good hype at first. It probably won't last but I will most likely watch just to see if it's cute.
katie171 katie171 8 years
I didn't watch the original, but it looks cute and I love Veronica Mars and trust Rob Thomas so I'm sure I'll be watching!
Soapboxer Soapboxer 8 years
What is this the short people's show?
scorpstar77 scorpstar77 8 years
Ideal situation would be as bransugar79 describes - no remake, just bring back the original. Alas, that's not going to happen. All the actors are involved in other things now, and are probably too old for what the network is trying to do. I loved the original Cupid, and if this isn't done well, it's going to piss me off. But I will definitely give it a try...
fireyelectra fireyelectra 8 years
While I haven't watched the episodes of Valentine I tivoed, I'm sure this will be better because I remember liking the original with Jeremy Piven. Rob Thomas has a gift for dialogue, and Sarah Paulson is such a gifted actress.
bransugar79 bransugar79 8 years
I LOVED the original cupid with Jeremy Piven. It was such a great show. So funny and smart. I don't want a remake I just want them to somehow bring back the original and pick up where they left off. Am I the only one who didn't think he was crazy? I really believed he was cupid, but I am a hopeless romantic
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
Looks cute, but my guess is that it won't last too long on ABC.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
i love cute shows like this so i can't wait to see what it's like when it comes on air. i like the concept and i like things that are funny and romantic like this.
bethinabox bethinabox 8 years
I'll definitely give this a try! It looks cute.
sundew sundew 8 years
I think it looks cute (even if it has been done before). I'll probably check it out.
Nitachequita Nitachequita 8 years
Ohmigosh I'm so excited to see that Rick Gomez is in it!!! He was my favorite in What About Brian (and the only reason I watched the show). I already loved that Sarah and Bobby were in it, but with Rick...YAAAAYYYY!!!!
schnappycat schnappycat 8 years
I give this about 2 episodes before it is cancelled. Where is the originality in Hollywood? Plus, the original was so good and much better cast.
keiren63 keiren63 8 years torn. Loved Cupid although I disliked Paula Marshall...and I must be the only person in the world who dislikes Bobby Cannavale (a lot!!). And do not like Sarah Paulson. But the original Cupid was SO well written, so funny. Ugh. Dilemma.
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