I'm posting this a day early, since "Cupid" debuts Tuesday night at 10 p.m. on ABC.
When "Cupid" debuted on the network a decade ago, I was instantly wrapped up in it. Created by a young Rob Thomas ("Veronica Mars"), it starred Jeremy Piven as Trevor, a wild guy who may or may not have been the God of Love and Paula Marshall as Claire, his therapist.
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It was a brilliant concept, brilliantly executed. Trevor had the task, purportedly assigned to him by Zeus, to unite 100 couples without the aid of his bow and arrow. (Or, Trevor had the delusion that he needed to do so).
The series had humor, romance and touching moments; most of all, it had charm.
ABC canceled after about a dozen episodes.
A decade later, it remains one of my favorite series ABC has ever done. So when the network announced it was reviving it and recasting it with Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson in the lead roles, I was infuriated. Not only was it an indication that the networks really had run out of fresh ideas, but they were messing with the legacy of the original, even if it was a legacy that was only important to the half-dozen fans like me who actually watched it.
So, when I finally watched the new "Cupid" pilot a couple of weeks ago, it had a couple of major strikes against it, in my mind.
And you know what? The new version is pretty darned good, in its own right. Cannavale brings a kind of goofy charm to the role, similar in spirit but different in execution from when Piven shined a decade ago. Paulson ("Studio 60") is solid, given a little bit more to do than Marshall was in the original.
Is the new "Cupid" as good as the original? No. It's always tough for a remake to top something that is new and fresh. This isn't "Battlestar Galactica," in which the producers took a concept and totally reinvented the wheel. Thomas is the producer again on "Cupid" and has only changed things up slightly.
Still, the new version of "Cupid" is worth checking out. Here's hoping that this time, the arrow hits its mark with viewers (and that ABC decides to put out the DVDs of the original).
MONDAY'S BEST BETS: Tricia Helfer guest stars tonight as an agent assigned to replace Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) on "Chuck" (NBC, 8 p.m.) Naturally, the two ladies do not hit it off. You know, watching a Tricia Helfer-Yvonne Strahovski wrestling match fulfills so many fantasies of mine ... sorry, I digress. It's followed by new episodes of "Heroes" and "Medium."
The producers of "24" (Fox, 9 p.m.) are pitching a new series about the Kennedy clan. Sorry, that's just a really funny thought that A) the most conservative producers in Hollywood want to write about the Kennedys and, B) here's hoping they do so in the style of "24," complete with the various split screens, ticking clock and people switching sides every other episode. Perhaps the family will have a mole or two as well.
"24" follows a new "House" (Fox, 8 p.m.), in which guest star Mos Def plays a man with locked-in syndrome. The episode is told from his perspective, giving it a real twist.
"Dancing With The Stars" (ABC, 8 p.m.) is down to 11 teams. It's followed by a new "Castle" at 10 p.m.
CBS has new episodes among its comedy lineup, followed by a new "CSI: Miami" (CBS, 10 p.m.) in which Ryan is kidnapped and forced to betray Horatio (David Caruso) -- no doubt forcing Horatio to dramatically whip off his shades at least once, maybe even twice.
Also new is "Gossip Girl" (CW, 8 p.m.), which is soon to be getting its own spinoff starring Brittany Snow, followed by "One Tree Hill."
On cable, TNT has a new "Saving Grace" at 10 p.m.