was a romantic Dramedy
series that aired for one season in 1998 on ABC, by Rob Thomas, who also worked on Dawson's Creek
and Veronica Mars
It starred Jeremy Piven as Trevor Hale and Paula Marshall as Dr. Claire Allen.
The show's premise was simple. Trevor was an outpatient who had to keep seeing his psychiatrist, Dr. Allen, for treatment of his delusion: that he believes himself to be the
Cupid, Roman god of love, kicked off Olympus and stripped of his godly powers by Zeus for slacking off on his duties (which is why mortals have such a high divorce rate). Trevor cannot return home to Olympus until he has made one hundred lasting
romantic pairings. Claire works with him on recovering from this delusion — only the show never makes it clear: is Trevor just a deluded romantic, or is he really who he says he is? We don't know; but one thing is certain: Trevor is
a really gifted matchmaker and an incurable romantic.
Trevor works as a bartender, along with his friend Champ, the better to be in position to find lonely singles and make those matches.
After it screwed him the first time
, ABC agreed, an incredible decade after the demise of the original show, to revisit the idea and give the show another season with a brand new cast.
(2009), now starring Bobby Cannavale as Trevor Pierce
and Sarah Paulson
as Claire McCrae, premiered on ABC on March 31. So far, besides the name and casting changes, the big differences are that the series is set in New York City
instead of Chicago, Champ has been split into Felix Araiza and his sister Lita, and the Irish pub/performance space Trevor slings drinks at is now an adult movie theater turned Mariachi-Karaoke bar.
There's also a freeware game of the same name
. It's totally unrelated.
This show provides examples of:Both
- Actor Allusion - A really unusual one: actress Anna Chlumsky had a bit role in the first series, and has a recurring one in the second series.
- Back Story - The show's first ten minutes introduce us to Cupid and Dave, and give us the Back Story that was only mentioned in the 1998 show; Trevor ends up in a mental hospital as a man under the harmless delusion he's the god of love cast down from Olympus for sloppy work in making love matches.
- Big Applesauce - moving the show from Chicago to New York City.
- Elevator Going Down
- The Last DJ - done literally in one episode.
- Line-of-Sight Name - "...the world felt the tremor / and the darkness was pierced"
- The Other Darrin - of a necessity. The original cast from the 1998 version of the show are already involved in other projects (plus they're all ten years older).
- Screwed by the Network - Debatable; it was put on after Dancing with the Stars which is arguably a decent lead-in, but 10 pm is never a good timeframe for a brand new show, and they pre-empted it with The Unusuals at least once during its first run.
- Shout-Out - One plot concerning an Irish busker looking for a New York girl he met briefly contains lots of riffs on scenes from Once and PS I Love You. The first season finale was a reworking of the first show's second episode, The Linguist, with a side plotline being taken from the original pilot.