CBS only greenlit one new comedy for its Fall TV launch, and “Partners,” based on the real-life friendship of “Will & Grace” creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is it. The multi-camera sitcom launched on Monday night, nestled between “How I Met Your Mother” and “Two Broke Girls” on the schedule.
The series stars David Krumholtz and Michael Urie as lifelong best friends turned business partners Joe and Louis — essentially “The Odd Couple,” if one of them were gay. Sophia Bush plays Ali, Joe’s sharp-tongued fiancee, and Superman himself, Brandon Routh, is Louis’ adorably oblivious partner.
In the pilot, Joe is faced with a “play me or trade me” ultimatum from Ali — either propose, or move on. As we’ll come to see is pretty typical, Louis gets (way too) involved and hijinks ensue.
There are three love stories at play here, and none of them is perfect. Joe isn’t entirely confident in his relationship with Ali; Ali is frustrated by Louis’ meddling. Louis is ashamed that Wyatt (a former model and recovering alcoholic) is a nurse, not a doctor, and Wyatt is earnest to a fault. Even Joe and Louis, with their strong foundation and incomparable history, seem to be constantly ready to “break up.”
Those character imperfections, of course, are what will keep us watching — as they did with iconic series like “Friends,” “Will and Grace,” and “Two and a Half Men.”
“I feel like what happens in a lot of love stories, whether we’re talking rom-coms or even high school and early 20’s dramas, is that everything has to be storybook romance,” Bush tells Zap2it. “That’s not reality. It’s a lovely thing to watch, but reality is — your parents bicker. They love each other, but they argue. And you get into s*** with your best friend sometimes, like, ‘You know what? You’re being out of control. I love you but get it together.’ When you’re 30, you’re much more blunt than you are at 20. We’re all characters who are entering into our 30s and yes, we’re blunt. And sometimes we say things that may not be sugarcoated, romantic, warm and fuzzy dialogue, but it’s real, and I feel like it’s even better that way.”
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