Picks and Pans Review: Cupid

updated 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/06/2009 AT 01:00 AM EDT

ABC, March 31, 10 p.m. ET |



Mighty Zeus, please hurl a lightning bolt down from Olympus and give a quick, disabling zap to this show about a mortal man who may or may not be the ancient god of love. Bobby Cannavale, a good actor who's so indulgently, adorably puppyish in the premiere episode that he actually resembles Scooby-Doo, winds up in a mental hospital after claiming to be Cupid. He says he's banished from Olympus until he can set up 100 matches. His therapist (Sarah Paulson) doesn't believe him, but she can also see that he's harmless and charming, and he does have a knack for urging others to embrace love. She wonders whether he suffered a breakdown brought on by repressed romantic trauma.

The show has a good heart, but it's the sort of elaborate whimsy that can weigh a ton—a valentine that would have to be hauled in by an 18-wheeler. Amazingly, this is Cupid's second go-round: Jeremy Piven starred in the original, which premiered back in 1998 and lasted six months. This version will probably be a brief affair too.

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