By MICHELE GREPPI
FANS of "Cupid" everywhere were mobilizing
grassroots support yesterday for a stay of execution
for their favorite show.
One veteran of grassroots TV campaigns spent
$51.98 to send a half-dozen red roses, carrying the
message "Don't cancel love! Cupid" to ABC
Entertainment executive Jamie Tarses.
Viewers for Quality Television President Dorothy
Swanson was preparing a rallying cry for the website
of the grassroots organization, which had named
"Cupid" the biggest surprise of the 1998-99 TV
season, Jeremy Piven best actor in a new series and
his character the most interesting of the season.
"We are just as smitten with it as we were last fall,"
Swanson told The Post yesterday.
A shock jock in Chicago, Erich Mancow Muller, is
putting his regionally syndicated radio muscle (and
website) behind a campaign to save "Cupid," which
until Tuesday morning, was shot in the Windy City.
The show, whose premise is that Cupid has been
banished from Mount Olympus until he makes 100
mortal love matches, had languished on ABC's
Saturday night lineup until being moved to 9 p.m.
Thursdays two weeks ago.
Not only did that put the "Cupid" up against NBC's
"Frasier," but it meant that a show worthy of
comparison to "Moonlighting" was airing in between
"Vengeance Unlimited" (also struggling) and repeats of
news hours about Death Row inmates and Charles
In desperation, this critic invited 20 readers to her
apartment last Saturday and screened several
It was love - and laughter - at first sight. Each of the
converts had happily pledged to convince at least 10
of their friends to watch "Cupid" tonight and convey
their sentiments to ABC (SAVE CUPID, 77 West
66th St., NYC 10023).
"Cupid" supporters are hoping that other networks
might see the error of ABC's impatient ways and give
the show a second chance, the way CBS did when
NBC dropped "JAG."
West Coast sources mentioned possible interest in
"Cupid" at Fox, the home of "Ally McBeal," whose
heroine (and friends) could use the help of the god of
And at the hot and happening home of "Buffy the
Vampire Slayer" and "Felicity," one executive told The
Post: " ' Cupid' is definitely something the WB should
take a look at."
Could we hear a round of amens?
Source: New York Post Entertainment