Long lost "Cupid" was a Valentine to Chicago

February 11, 2010

In honor of Valentine's Day: Who remembers "Cupid?"

I can't be the only one. But then again, given the made-in-Chicago 1998 comedy starring Jeremy Piven lasted barely a season on ABC, I just might be. The show is worth examining, though. And not just because of the phony, money draining holiday that approaches, but because the "Cupid" made good use of Chicago architecture and locales.

The opening credits--the best for a Chicago show since "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Crime Story," features quick-hits of Chicago architecture. I spotted details of the Prudential Building, Tribune Tower, Daley Center, Aon Building, 35 E. Wacker, the Children's Fountain that used to be at Wacker and Wabash, and more. All in 34 seconds with The Pretenders' "Human" as the theme.

The show featured Piven as Cupid (or a delusional who believes he is) helping people find love and happiness in late 1990's Chicago.‚  Paula Marshall played the psychiatrist/potential love interest assigned to him. Jeffrey D. Sams was his roommate. Characters turned up in Wrigleyville, along south Michigan Avenue, at the University of Chicago campus and strolling‚  through Bucktown. The downtown Marshall Field's store--pre-Macy's--made an appearance in one episode. And the show was funny.

Got a few minutes to kill? I mean, since you're obviously on the computer anyway:

And here, a scene begins on south Michigan Avenue downtown with the Prudential, Aon and bit of Roosevelt University:

ABC remade Cupid last year with a different cast. Not as funny. Thank goodness it was set in New York.