ABC has pacted with
Veronica Mars creator
Rob Thomas to develop a new version of
Cupid, Thomas' short-lived yet well-liked 1998-99 series about a man who believes he was sent to Earth by Zeus to assist romantically challenged couples. "For the last couple years, I've been talking to ABC about how to do an anthological romantic comedy à la
Love Boat," Thomas tells
Variety. "We kept coming back to
Cupid as the best of the group, so they said, 'Why not... do
Thomas will now pen an all-new pilot, but stresses, "I'm not going to reinvent it. What they're buying is the show." That said, Jeremy Piven's titular role will, of course, be recast.