god of love (maybe) on earth making matches
Type of Pilot: Romantic Comedy-Drama
Similar Shows: Cupid I, Valentine
The Inner Light: There is someone for (almost) everyone, but it takes a bit of hard work
Strengths: Great premise
Weaknesses: It's good, yes, but let's not forget that it's a remake of a superior show
Impressive Characters: Cupid/Trevor is a likable hero. Innocent and naive in ways, but forceful and heroic at the same time. Plus he's got a vulnerable side. Gotta love that. He looks like lost puppy on a few occasions.
Claire is a bit of a cold fish, yes, but she's a perfect match for Trevor and they make an obvious couple right from the moment they meet.
Impressive Actors: Bobby Cannavale is more of a 'big lug' type than I would have expected for a role like this, but he sure makes it work. I've seen Sarah Paulson in many, many shows and I would never have picked her for a role like this. Yet, somehow, she makes it work, too.
The supporting cast are wonderful. Rick Gomez and Camille Guaty are each utterly adorable (possibly the strangest sentence I have ever written, but there you go).
Less-Than-Impressive Characters: None.
Less-Than-Impressive Actors: Same as. This is a strong cast.
Continuity: None. The old show had very little, too, with only Claire's relationship adding any story arc element to the show.
Rewatchability: I was utterly charmed by the love story between Sean Maguire and Marguerite Moreau and would watch it again, no problem. I'm a sucker for a good love story, which is why I love the original show so much.
Other Info: Remake of Cupid.
Three Things I Really Like About This Pilot:
The premise: god of love (maybe) on earth making matches
The chemistry between the leads.
Bobby Cannavale is no Jeremy Piven, and Sarah Paulson is no Paula Marshall but - to my surprise and delight - the new Cupid show is good. I liked the characters and I liked the story-of-the-week. Count me in!