SHOT THROUGH THE HEART, AND YOU’RE TO BLAME
Out actress and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip alumna Sarah Paulson has nabbed the female lead in an ABC remake of the short-lived 1998 comedy series Cupid, according to the Hollywood Reporter. Paulson will play Dr. Claire Allen, a renowned love and romance therapist, who treats an articulate, charming mental patient claiming to be Cupid, the Roman god of erotic love and beauty.
Other possible patients for Dr. Claire might include a girl who thinks she’s Juno, the Roman god of teen pregnancy, and young gay man who believes he’s Hermes, the god of fabulous, to-die-for scarves. Or not.
Bobby Cannavale, who played Eric McCormack‘s cop boyfriend on Will & Grace, will play Cupid, aka Trevor, the manic yenta who believes he must orchestrate 100 perfect unions for the relationship-challenged to earn his way back into Zeus’ good graces and return to Mount Olympus.
Is Trevor the real Roman deal or just some nut with a court-ordered shrink? Paulson/Claire doesn’t believe him, natch, but signs him out of the hospital anyway. Hilarity ensues. Hopefully.
Is Sarah Paulson funny? She’s always struck me as more Wendy Wasserstein than Wendy Malick. Being the long-time partner of respected Tony Award-winning thea-tah actor Cherry Jones doesn’t help dispel my impression of Sarah as a serious thesbian. I mean thespian.
When I think about Sarah and Cherry as a couple, I always end up picturing them at home, surrounded by old Playbills, deconstructing Tennessee Williams.
She does do a good dolphin impression, though.
Maybe Paulson’s turn as a mental health professional and Cannavale’s cuckoo-pants matchmaker will turn out to be comedy gold. If not, we’ll always have Dolphin Girl.
IN OTHER PAULSON NEWS
In December 2008, Sarah will be involved in a love triangle with smokin’ Eva Mendes (Hitch) and Gabriel Macht (Because I Said So) in the upcoming feature film The Spirit. Sarah plays yet another doctor: Dr. Ellen Dolan, the daughter of a big-city police commissioner.
Based on a 1940s noirish newspaper comic, The Spirit features Dick Tracy-esque characters with names like The Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), his femme fatale sidekick Silken Floss (Scarlett Johansson), Sand Saref (Mendes), and Plaster of Paris (Paz Vega).
The Spirit, Sand Saref and Dr. Dolan. Hmm. Why the heck can’t Sarah’s character have a fun name? If Mendes is Sand Saref, maybe Paulson’s character can be Garamond Bold. On the other hand, if the good doctor is a brittle bookworm, perhaps Arial Narrow.
— by Dara Nai