Skip to main content

"Cupid" Rising: ABC Resurrects Canceled Rob Thomas Series

It might not be the return of Veronica Mars, but ABC has brought back a Rob Thomas-created series from the dead.

The broadcaster has signed a deal with Rob Thomas to develop a brand-new version of romantic comedy procedural series Cupid, about a man who believes that he is sent to Earth by Zeus in order to unite unexpected lovers. That man was played by Entourage's Jeremy Piven, but don't expect Ari Gold to turn up in the newly fashioned Cupid project.

The original series, which aired 15 episodes during the 1998-99 season, came from Sony Pictures Television; studio has given its blessing to a new version from ABC Studios, part of Thomas' one-year deal with the studio.

"For the last couple years, I've been talking to ABC about how to do an anthological romantic comedy a la Cupid or Love Boat," said Thomas. "We kept beating around ideas and kept coming back to Cupid as the best of the group. So they said to me, 'Why not go back and do Cupid again?"

As part of his development deal with ABC Studios, Thomas will additionally develop a US version of New Zealand drama series Outrageous Fortune, about a family of blue-collar criminals.

While neither project is exactly the return to Veronica Mars that I had hoped for (sigh), I am glad that ABC realizes what an asset it has in Rob Thomas... and that this talented writer won't be stuck with the dreadful Big Shots for more than a season.


sandeep said…
Definetly a very good blog on televisionary ... will recommend it 2 my frnds
LB said…
ARE YOU SERIOUS?!?!?! I loved Cupid and was pretty upset when it was canceled. Never thought it would be resurrected, though. YAY ABC!
ticknart said…
Does this mean we may get a DVD set out of this?

Asta said…
I second Ticknart, I hope this means the original version will be making an appearance on DVD. I'm rather in shock that ABC is bringing the series back since they didn't seem to have a lot of faith in it the first time around. Now off to spread the good news. :)
rockauteur said…
Such bizarre news... maybe there is hope CW (if it survives) will relaunch VM one day (but with Kristen Bell of course).

I think we'll definitely see a cupid DVD set before this series is launched... unless of course ABC doesn't want to confuse the audience, which in that case, i could see something bundled with the new version's first season DVD.
Anonymous said…
Oh my god. It's like someone was in my head! I loved this show so much, and always thought it was underrated and underappreciated.

And sigh, this was back in the day when I still liked Jeremy Piven.

And to the person in my head, I'll be awaiting that "Freaks and Geeks" revival announcement any day now...
Shawn Anderson said…
Loved that show! Now that the series is back, I seriously doubt it will be released on DVD (ABC/Sony wouldn't want it to compete/compare.) But the original lives on through YouTube.

If things go quickly enough, maybe it can take over the coveted post-Grey's Anatomy slot that the awful Big Shots is wasting right now.
Anonymous said…
Best...Series...EVER! Hallelujah!
The CineManiac said…
I've always wanted to see the original, having heard only good things, I'm glad to see ABC trusting RT.
One question, are there any other series you know of that have been canceled, only to be resurrected with the same creator/producer but new stars?
Tayzen said…
If you’re interested, I started recently, together with some friends, Cupid Wiki:

No ads. Just good content. I am updating it when I have the chance. Obviously, the focus in on the series about to air, but we want to cover also the “Chicago” series.

Popular posts from this blog

Katie Lee Packs Her Knives: Breaking News from Bravo's "Top Chef"

The android has left the building. Or the test kitchen, anyway. Top Chef 's robotic host Katie Lee Joel, the veritable "Uptown Girl" herself (pictured at left), will NOT be sticking around for a second course of Bravo's hit culinary competition. According to a well-placed insider, Joel will "not be returning" to the show. No reason for her departure was cited. Unfortunately, the perfect replacement for Joel, Top Chef judge and professional chef Tom Colicchio, will not be taking over as the reality series' host (damn!). Instead, the show's producers are currently scouring to find a replacement for Joel. Top Chef 's second season was announced by Bravo last month, but no return date has been set for the series' ten-episode sophomore season. Stay tuned as this story develops. UPDATE (6/27): Bravo has now confirmed the above story .

Me Want Food: Jenna Gets Famously Fat on "30 Rock"

I don't know about you, but I've already ordered my "Me Want Food" t-shirt from the NBC store. Last night's episode of 30 Rock ("Jack Gets in the Game") was, in my opinion, one of the strongest of the series and has officially pushed the zany comedy into the realm of Arrested Development : deftly plotted and intricately layered, with so many jokes piled atop of jokes that it requires several viewings in order to catch them all. While at its heart, 30 Rock is a workplace comedy, it's left that narrow pigeonhole behind to become a witty example of how intelligent and taut humor can work (and flourish) on television... and exist in harmony with hilarious throwaways like the Thriller -inspired Werewolf Bar Mitzvah music video that would have done the AD crew proud. I want Will Arnett to appear on this series whenever possible. His gay exec Devin is hilarious, manipulative, and has an inexplicable weakness for Kenneth the Page, but he claims to have

"Gilmore" Guy: Who is New Showrunner David Rosenthal?

A few days later and I am still processing the news that Gilmore Girls showrunner Amy Sherman-Palladino--and her exceptionally talented husband, writer and producer Daniel Palladino-- announced their departure from the whip-smart drama after six seasons. The news wouldn't be such a blow, save for the fact that Gilmore Girls is as much about Amy and Daniel as it is about Lorelai and Rory. In their capable hands, the show explored a supremely complicated family dynamic through the beautiful friendship of mother and daughter Lorelai and Rory... and did so with smart dialogue usually found in a Nick & Nora film rather than on television. Zany subplots abounded as did quirky, beloved supporting characters. And now, after six seasons (including this most recent--and very shaky--season where Amy and Daniel wrote less episodes than usual), Amy and Daniel are passing on the showrunning torch to... Dave Rosenthal?!? For those of you in the audience unfamiliar with David Rosenthal ,