Cupid

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The Gods Must Be Crazy
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Back in ancient times in TV Land (10 and a half years ago) - a then little-known TV writer, Rob "Not the Singer" Thomas, had a little TV show on a little network called ABC, which in my darker moments I prefer to call Already Been Canceled, but I digress. That little show was Cupid and was either about the (fallen) Greco-Roman god of erotic love (a.k.a. Eros and Amor), or a completely delusional maniac. Of course, remembering my mythology (and its contemporary, my adolescence) I am beholden to point out that the two need not be mutually exclusive. Plucky little Jeremy "The Thermometer" Piven starred in the title role, opposite the oh-so-lovely little Paula "Back, Show Killer!" Marshall, who played a psychiatrist and possibly Cupid's love, Psyche. It ended badly, as these things often do -- in cancellation, that is. Much that once was -- is lost. For none now live who remember it, except its die-hard fans who are all, "No Piven? No Marshall? No way!" And I understand. One of my friends Lisa (syntax intentional; I've considered writing a Lisa-based parody of "The Daves I Know") still mourns it, all these years later. I watched that little show Cupid only a few times, but in my defense, it only aired a few more times than a few times, and I had my second child smack dab in the middle of its run, so I was a little busy. If only it had aired at 2:00 AM, I would have been there with bells on, or at least a nursing bra.

History became legend, legend became myth, and for 10 and a half years, the little show passed out of all knowledge [(if you don't count YouTube) because they've never released it on DVD -- and what's up with that?] until, when chance came, it ensnared a new bearer. Er...well, not exactly. It ensnared an old bearer. The original bearer. Oh crap, I'm dropping the italics.

The point is, suddenly, ABC and the CW were both begging Rob Thomas to re-make the show he did a perfectly fine job of making for them the first time, and I guess he looked at ABC's offer and said, "Why the heck not?" whereas I would have said, "Why the heck, now?" but again, I digress. When I learned I'd be covering this show for TWoP, my first instinct was to hunt down the original series and re-watch it. But then I got distracted, so now I'm telling people that I made a professional decision to cover the reworked Cupid free of any bias that might stem from my opinion of the original series. That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. So, and without further ado, let's get to this new show which sounds vaguely familiar...

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