ABC's new 'Cupid' with Bobby Cannavale: Will you watch?

Back when it was first announced that ABC and Rob Thomas were remaking the short-lived 1998 series Cupid, I mentioned how I loved the original so much that I went to eBay and bought the entire series on VHS shortly after it got canceled. So needless to say, when I heard the trailer for the 2009 reboot was streaming on YouTube, I pressed play with a bit of trepidation. Would Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson exhibit the same witty-sexy chemistry as their predecessors Jeremy Piven and Paula Marshall?  More importantly, would Cannavale be up to the task of taking a brash, sometimes annoying, and possibly mentally imbalanced character and making him a funny, relatable, romantic figure with whom viewers will want to spend an hour every week?

The opening scene of ABC’s promo — complete with Trevor/Cupid offering a hammy "Ayyy! Happy New Year, officers!" — didn’t give me a lot of hope. At his best, Cannavale is an exceedingly handsome, hilarious actor (see The Station Agent, Six Feet Under), but when his quirks and volume get cranked up past 10, he can come off as a stereotypical lout (see his recent recurring role on Cold Case, in which he seemed to be chewing food during 50 percent of his line readings). Fortunately, though, things get better as the Cupid trailer progresses. I got a good laugh from the "I suppose you’d like me to disrobe" line, and when Cannavale does that over-the-shoulder cocktail-shake, he and Paulson exchange a look that makes me think their characters could (with the help of Thomas’s typically whip-smart dialogue) become a classic TV couple in the vein of Sam and Diane, Maddie and David, Jim and Pam, etc.

What do you think of these scenes from the new Cupid reboot? Could the show be a hit this time around, or is it likely to join The Ex-List, Men in Trees, and Miss Match on the list of major network rom-com failures?

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  • Anonymous

    If it leads to the original coming out on DVD, I’m for it.

  • Stephanie T.

    Bobby is cute,but the original was good because Jermey is quirky and cute. I just hope that ABC does not put it on a Friday where no one will watch it.

  • Kristen

    I’ve loved Bobby Cannavale since Third Watch, so just his presence alone is enough to get me to watch one episode.

  • E

    Looks fun and funny to me. Plus I love Bobby C and Sarah P (though not as much as I love Piven).

  • Wha

    The original is on DVD? Awesome!

  • Elizabeth

    I’ll check it out because of Bobby… even if Sarah Paulson is in it.

  • meg

    I loved the original Cupid but this looks very promising – I will def. be checking this out

  • Matt

    I did a survey where I had to watch the Pilot episode. It was very entertaining, I hope it does well.

  • Dennis N.

    I’m still not speaking to ABC, so no thanks. Why must we air this when three perfectly solid shows got the ax? I say a-psh.

  • RK

    I swear that these are straight remakes — the dialogue seems familiar. Anyway, I watched before because of the manic Piven.

  • ccross

    Absolutely loved Piven in the original, so this will definitely be worth a gander.

  • Kate

    I am worried, I was just charmed by this, but, well, I can’t help but think…Pushing Daisies, Eli Stone..sigh…and did ABC cancel this in the first place already? It wouldn’t be a hard decision to do so again.

  • collins

    i loved the original. it killed me when they canceled it, not that anything has really changed since the piven version bit the dust. quirky shows get axed left and right (see: pushing daisies. eli stone. freaks and geeks. hell, arrested development anyone?) so i am concerned for its longevity.
    not that this fact will deter me. love rob thomas. and love, love, love sarah paulson. (though, paula marshall was also amazing. sidebar: why is she being relegated to drivel like gary unmarried? and liz reaser from the ex-list. and bonnie somerville? come on, potential lady comedy gold going unused.) i hope paulson gets to be witty ala studio 60. i’ll definitely tune in. and tell others to add it to their midseason replacement list.

  • I Got Sould

    Didn’t see the original but the mere mention of the name Bobby Cannavale is more than enough to make me tune in. I’ve missed seeing him on tv weekly since Third Watch – which by the way, NBC needs to release the second season dvd ASAP!

  • John

    If the show had stayed on the air longer than one season then Piven would have had his Emmys 10 years ago. Not really interested.

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