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Cupid: The Great Right Hope

by Mike Moody, posted Apr 15th 2009 10:29AM
Cupid ABC Bobby Cannavle(S01E03) This episode really lacked the charm and spirit of the first two. We did get to see the kooky Julie Hagerty as Claire's kooky mom. That was a plus. But you know a show isn't winning you over when the star's designer T-shirts are more interesting than the plot.

Only three episodes in and the Cupid cancellation rumors are swirling. According to some sites, the show is already dead. I might have been upset about Cupid going bye bye two weeks ago. Today, not so much.

I won't weep for a show that delivers warmed over fluff instead of compelling stories and interesting characters week after week. The first two episodes weren't amazing, but the charming cast, some great guest stars and the show's optimistic spirit managed to make them watchable. Tonight's ep dragged, the story and the couple of the week were straight outta dullsville, and Trevor and Claire's banter is getting old fast.

So is the will-they-or-won't-they-hook-up subplot. It's annoying that every other character on the show has to force the issue that Trevor and Claire might make a good couple. But I get why that happens. They have no chemistry together. Bobby Cannavale and Sarah Paulson are talented performers, but there's no way I'll ever buy them as a potential romantic couple on this show. Cannavale's Trevor is too eccentric and spastic while Paulson's Claire is too practical and drab. That's the point, of course. They're opposites who are supposed to be attracted to each other, but the attraction is forced and labored. There's nothing there.

While watching that final scene with these two characters at the dinner table, they seemed like old platonic friends sharing war stories over a plate of spaghetti. It was definitely not romantic.

Neither was the main plot of this episode. I won't even get into the clichéd liberal vs. conservative love story here. Let's just say that even a pair of decent guest stars couldn't save it.

For once, I agree with the masses. Last night's episode of Cupid wasn't very good and it probably deserved the low ratings. My words might sound harsh, but that's my honest instant reaction. I think it's time to move on to watching and reviewing better shows. I hope series creator Rob Thomas delivers something fresh next time around (and maybe on a cable network). I also hope we get to see the great actor Rick Gomez (Trevor's boss Felix) land a plum role in a good show after this one eventually gets the axe.

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Tobias

Not familiar with the show, but sounds terribly cliché.

April 17 2009 at 11:35 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
grace

This version simply can't hold a candle to the earlier one, and that's that.

April 16 2009 at 5:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Trey

I was a fan of the original show, and I'd been a fan of Jeremy Piven even before that. No one does manic, can't-quite-say-if-he's-crazy-or-brilliant-or-both like Jeremy Piven. The new guy just doesn't live up to my memories of Piven and Paula Marshall, who does uptight-but-not-so-uptight-you-can't-like-her much, much better than the actress on the current show.

April 15 2009 at 8:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
RobynM

I'm not currently watching Cupid, but if I were, it'd be for Rick Gomez. Been a fan of his since he was Endless Mike on Pete & Pete. I'd like to see him and his brother Joshua do something together after Chuck gets shafted by NBC.

Incidentally, not watching isn't entirely my fault - Portland's ABC affiliate is caught in the Dish-Fisher debacle, so we haven't gotten the channel for months. And last I checked, ABC.com didn't have full episodes of Cupid up.

April 15 2009 at 6:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sarah

I liked last night's episode but I think mostly because Cupid is a light show that is like a mini chick flick every week. One thing that I didn't like was that in the opening credits it listed Anna Chlumsky, of My Girl fame. I was really jazzed to see her name there and was expecting to see the sweet little girl all grown up. It turns out that she was just Claire's secretary and on screen for less than a minute, probably less than 30 seconds. That's what put me out about last night's episode. I did think the boy who played Marshall was rather charming though.

April 15 2009 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
itsy

Glad to know I'm not the only one who though this episode was boring. Not even half-way through and I was thinking about not watching the rest.

The Dem v. Rep conflict was viable for a minute, but what kind of person walks out on her date just because he's one of "Them"? Then the script just beat it to death and, once it was dead, beat it some more.

The couple-of-the-week couldn't have been more boring and not because they weren't interesting actors. And her sudden turnaround in the last seconds to being crazy about him was a sellout. The kid who played the kid was not the least bit appealing and he wasn't given a lot of choices with his character. The willing acceptance of his character's coming out was glossed over as if that's the way every parent behaves; maybe that's the way the world should be but it isn't the way the world is.

Not a scintilla of chemistry between the two leads. I'm crazy about Bobby Cannavale and he deserves to spar with someone spicier than the oh so boring Sarah Paulson. I don't care for her as an actress, but with this episode it's apparent that she's been given a one-note character.

The first episode was really cute. The second was still amusing. This one, meh.

April 15 2009 at 12:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
clgbutterfly

I have to disagree with the review. This was a typical storyline wrapped in a not so typical story. We had a son who found his birthfather, learned to overcome an obesity problem, a single mom realizing she can't do it all, and learning her son is gay and the Republican accepted this about her son, before and after he knew it was his son. I thought the story had depths and surprises that made it enjoyable for a cookie cutter series. Not everything on TV has to be intense or reality based to keep our intention. Some of us enjoy light fluffy stuff once in a while since Sitcoms are dying this is a good alternative. As for Paulson and Cannavale chemistry, its there its just not in that evident (and over used) I want to rip your clothes off moment and its nice. The relationship will develop to more than just sex because its apparent that the "Gods" are showing Cupid that love is more than lust. So Trevor needs to learn platonic love and Claire needs to learn to let loose.
Its not that vague sorry you missed it.

April 15 2009 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

This series was doomed from the get-go. Why ABC spent the money to make this garbage is beyond me. You gotta feel a little sympathy for Bobby Cannavale, he's a much better actor this this material gives him the opportunity to be. Sadly, his best work seems to be behind him when he was on Third Watch.

April 15 2009 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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