ABC picks up five new shows

Here are some new shows coming up on ABC, starring some of my favourite actors.

Cupid is a remake of the short-lived late-'90s show about a recently released mental patient who believes he's the Roman god of love. Bobby Cannavale (Third Watch, Will & Grace) will play the title character this time around (Jeremy Piven starred in the original), and out lesbian actress Sarah Paulson (Studio 60) will play the psychiatrist assigned to monitor him.

Single With Parents stars Alyssa Milano, (Charmed, Who's the Boss), as a woman whose divorced parents (Annie Potts and Beau Bridges) are far too reliant on her for advice and support. Hunky actor, Eric Winter (Brothers & Sisters, Moonlight) also stars.

Better Off Ted stars Jay Harrington (Coupling, Desperate Housewives) plays the title character, the head of research and development who tries to do good work inside an unethical corporate giant. This show comes from writer Victor Fresco (Andy Richter Controls the Universe, My Name Is Earl).

The Unusuals follows a group of detectives in the NYPD's homicide division, each with his or her own sizable quirks and personal issues. The ensemble cast includes Amber Tamblyn (Joan of Arcadia), Harold Perrineau (Lost) and Adam Goldberg (Entourage).

Castle stars Nathan Fillion (Firefly, Desperate Housewives) as Nick Castle, a best-selling mystery novelist who consults with the NYPD when a killer stages murders similar to those in Nick's books. Stana Katic (Heroes), Monet Mazur (Cold Case) and Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Lackawanna Blues) also star.

Look for these shows to air either late this year or early in 2009.

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