TV Review: ABC's 'Cupid'
Rob Thomas revives his 1998 dramedy Cupid, about a man who believes he is the Roman god of love sent to match 100 couples in order to be allowed back to Mt. Olympus. It premieres Tuesday, March 31, at 10 p.m. Below is B&C’s new video feature — a BC Review in 90 seconds — and a selection of reviews from TV critics around the Web.
“It’s fun and diverting, and certainly has the potential to be much more, based on Thomas’ work on the original series — and the glimpses we see of Cannavale and Paulson in these roles. But right now, it seems less a great romance rekindled than a reunion fueled by nostalgia instead of passion.” — Alan Sepinwall, The Star Ledger
“…When you’re watching a show like “Cupid,” your mind searches relentlessly for places to wander.”– Tom Shales, The Washington Post
“A sprightly tone doesn’t fully compensate for its shortcomings, but this dramedy is a better fit with ABC’s lineup now than it was then.” Brian Lowry, Variety
“Cupid, like most romantic comedies, can be sappy, sloppy and schemingly manipulative. But the bright writing (no surprise to anyone who watched Thomas’ snappy teen-detective drama Veronica Mars) and affecting performances by Cannavale and Paulson make being manipulated seem a guilty pleasure in this case. Even if you don’t get hit by one of Cupid’s arrows, you’re likely to feel at least a small dart.” — Glenn Garvin, The Miami Herald
“The man behind Cupid, Rob Thomas, also created Veronica Mars, so he knows how to write to, for, and about women. This time, his arrow misses. B-” — Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly
“I was actually hoping “Cupid” would take the “Battlestar Galactica” route and completely reinvent itself - after all the dating world has changed quite a bit in the past decade.” Brian Ford Sullivan, The Futon Critic
“So while overall I’d probably only give this new show a rating of a 5 out of 10, if you are a person, male or female, who is intrigued by the connections people make, and discovering both passion and foundation in a relationship, then give Cupid a chance and see what you think. While it might not be a show for the masses, it could very well find its niche, and still be a successful series that grows into it’s own.” — TVOvermind.com