Review: 'Cupid' on ABC
I prefer "Cupid 1.0" -- bits of which you may find floating around the Web, if you're interested -- but given that many of you will not remember it at all, I won't spend too much time praising the former at the expense of the latter, which begins tonight, also on ABC, upgraded from the original's Saturday-night Siberia to a prime slot after "Dancing With the Stars." I will say, however, that it isn't as good as Thomas' other current show, "Party Down," on Starz, which is calculated to work only on its own terms, while the new "Cupid" is intended to succeed, in a mass way, where its predecessor failed. (Nor is it as good as his "Veronica Mars.") That is the great luxury of lower commercial expectations.
As before, psychiatrist/self-help author Claire (Sarah Paulson, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip") is given charge of a patient who calls himself Cupid (Bobby Cannavale, "Will & Grace"), but for purposes of getting along in the world introduces himself as Trevor. Trevor's story -- and he's sticking to it -- is that he's been banished to Earth until he unites 100 mortal couples: "They yammered on about relearning my craft and the screwed-up state of love and romance," he says by way of explanation.
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