I just got finished watching my first episode of Partners, a new comedy that follows two lifelong BFFs, one straight and one gay, starring Michael Urie and David Krumholtz who play partners at an architectural firm. Â Their “bromance” complicates the other relationships in their lives – especially with Joe’s fiance’ (played by Sophia Bush) and Louis’ partner played by Brandon Routh).
The series is based on its co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnik, the Emmy Award winning duo behindÂ Will & GraceÂ who also happen to be real-life best friends. Â Instead of a man (gay) and woman (straight) who are best friends, we have two men, but the issues that Will & Grace faced are similar here. Â From relationship to work, everyday life, decisions, food, love – they share everything.
I have to preface this piece saying that I adore Michael Urie. Â I saw him recently in How to Succeed in Business on Broadway and just fell in love with him all over again. Â I was also an Ugly Betty fan and when that series was cancelled, I was in mourning. Â He’s got comic timing and charisma and I love the way he acts all innocent but is quite snarky. Â He’s got some GREAT one-liners and he delivers them splendidly (like “Whenever anything comes out a closet, it’s a gay event.”) Â I also have to say how thrilled I am that network television is finally embracing gay and lesbian issues. Â Ryan Murphy’s The New Normal, is another show of this nature that hit the airwaves a few weeks ago. I saw the first episode and was intrigued but have yet to tune in again.
I watched episode #3, which airs tonight on CBS at 8:30pm EST. Â In this episode, Joe’s fiancÃ©eÂ is moving in and he’s unpacking her boxes. When he gets to one marked “Private”, he commits to not opening it but does, finding a photo of her with Derek Jeter. Â Louis convinces him to concoct a game of “Celebrity” to sneakily find out about their relationship as he’s clearly intimidated by her relationship with the famous athlete. Â But it all backfires when Wyatt, Louis’ partner, draws Jeter and can only muster up “he had hot desert sex with Ali” as his clue. Meaning that Louis has a big mouth and told his boyfriend about the secret.
How many times have you been in that situation where you stupidly and inadvertently told a friend a secret that you had been sworn to secrecy to someone else? Â I won’t lie that I have…more times than I’d like to admit. Â It’s never fun getting caught and sometimes the friendships recover and sometimes they don’t. Â It depends how strong the relationship is. Â I’ve had friendships survive and friendships dissolve because of miscommunication or a slip of the tongue and I never deal with the loss well, to be honest, especially when I’m at fault. Â Louis clearly can’t hold his tongue and disagreements happen often as a result of it, and they will carry many future story lines in upcoming episodes, I would assume.
But Joe and Louis are also business partners, and Urie has rightly called his character theÂ “sh—stirrer”. Â He clearly likes to get into every affair of his parter’s life, both business and personal. Â I run a business with someone and we are friends just as much as we are partners. Â We balance the two by having weekly catch ups. Â We keep the two worlds separate and when we’re busy and have deadlines, and we keep the conversation business focused. Â We actually don’t live in the same town and don’t know the same people, so we can’t really get anyone in trouble when we do vent. Â Neither of us are really like Louis, but we’re not around each other as much as they are. Â The dynamics of mixing friendship and business are very interesting and I like that this show explores it in a deep and meaningful way.
The cast has unique chemistry that helps carry the show and each actor has good comic timing, complimenting each other and the writing. Â I look forward to watching future episodes and am glad I was given the opportunity to review the show.
Tune into catch the show tonight on CBS at 8:30pm EST and see it for yourself. Â At the same time, there will be a Twitter party going on over at #Partners (from 8:15-9:15 EST) Â and they’ll beÂ chatting w/ real-life bffs & biz partners,Â Vera SweeneyÂ andÂ Audrey McClelland, two people I know and respect in real life. Â RSVP here.
Disclosure: I have partnered up withÂ One2One Network to promote this episode. Â They sent me a screener copy but all opinions expressed are my won.