Scripted shows about matchmakers have not fared well in the last decade. Cupid (original flavor) got cancelled; Miss Match was a blink-and-you-missed-it series; there was that terrible CW sitcom Love, Inc; the even worse sorta-CW series Valentine; and this fall's The Ex List (about a girl finding love with the help of a psychic) was the latest similarly themed casuality. I was hoping that this new version of Cupid would buck the trend since it's got a lot going for it. The original has a strong cult following, it's from the mind of Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas and Bobby Cannavale seems like a good fit to take over the role originated by Jeremy Piven. But I've been nothing but disappointed since the show premiered. In fact when I found out that last night's Cupid had been bumped for an episode of The Unusuals, I was relieved. Probably not as relieved as our weecapper Cindy, but for me it was one less thing I had to worry about watching. This is not how I wanted to be feeling about any show from Rob Thomas at this point... or really at any point. Sorry, Mr. Thomas, I much prefer your current Party Down... at least that makes me laugh.
Apparently Veronica Mars genius Rob Thomas wasn't totally crazy for leaving shoo-in hit 90210 to go work on a remake of his short-lived comedy Cupid. The romantic comedy, which stars the dreamy Bobby Cannavale and showkiller-in-desperate-need-of-a-hit Sarah Paulson (she of Studio 60, Leap of Faith, American Gothic and Deadwood), is Thomas's new twist on a guy who thinks he's cupid and the therapist who thinks he's nuts. It's now got a potential spot on the midseason lineup along with four other new shows.