Yep, pretty sure that was my exact reaction to hearing the news. Partners, the CBS single-camera comedy was undoubtably my favourite TV offering of the 2012 year. Its rare for me to re-watch episodes, even of shows that I love (e.g. Modern Family, Grey’s Anatomy…back in its prime). However I’ve watched the 6 aired episodes at least twice each, and with some (Episodes 2 and 3) that number is probably closer to 5. This smart comedy was written by David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the creative duo behind Will & Grace, one of my favourite comedies. The show is filled with double entendres but has a lot of heart.
Parters stars (starred?) Michael Urie and David Krumholtz as Louis McManus and Joe Goodman respectively. They play two lifelong friends who are business partners in an architecture firm. Louis is a gay man who is in a relationship with his boyfriend Wyatt (Brandon Routh) a male nurse, while Joe is a straight male who is recently engaged to Ali Landow (Sophia Bush). While I haven’t been a fan of Brandon Routh’s acting abilities, I’ve always found him to be stiff and lacking emotion, this character really works in his favour. Wyatt is a Mennonite, and while his portrayal doesn’t come off as entirely natural, I still enjoy when he is on the screen.
The weakest link in the series for me has to be Louis and Joe’s receptionist Ro-Ro, played by Tracey Vilar. Her portrayal comes off as a very one-note caricature and I don’t find her to meld well with the rest of the cast. I wish they had gone with a different actress. I’m also unsure of Sophia Bush in a comedy role. I find her to be a bit stiff but she seemed to get better and more comfortable with each coming episode. I loved the chemistry between Michael Urie and David Krumholtz, the reason I started watching the show was because I missed having Michael Urie on my screen!
With only 6 of the 13 shot episodes aired, I truly hope that CBS decides to either air the remaining 7 episodes or release the full 13 on a DVD. This is a show that I could see myself watching over and over again so I’m pretty bummed that it won’t be on my television anymore.
CBS cancelled the show on November 16th 2012, immediately removing it from the schedule and instead airing Two and a Half men repeats. The show’s online page and episodes were subsequently removed and its People’s Choice online ballet was removed. I recently learned that all 13 filmed episodes are being aired in South Africa so I am crossing my fingers, toes and anything else I can find that I will be able to find the remaining episodes online somewhere.