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"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…
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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.

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