Before the start of the new US television season there was much interest in two new gay-themed shows that were bidding to find success with audiences. Now one of them has been cancelled, with THR revealing that CBS has pulled the plug on Partners. Indeed it won’t even be allowed to play out its initial 13-episode run, with the instalment scheduled for Nov. 19th getting replaced by a repeat of Two & A Half Men.
The series, from Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, is a semi-autobiographical comedy about lifelong best friends and business partners, one of whom is gay, and the other is straight. David Krumholtz and Michael Urie play the friends, with Brandon Routh and Sofia Bush also starring.
CBS had high hopes for the show, giving it the coveted Monday at 8:30 pm slot, which had previously helped series such as How I Met Your Mother, The Big Bang Theory, Mike & Molly and 2 Broke Girls to find success. Partners struggled from the beginning though and when the last episode hit a series low, it seems CBS decided enough was enough, and now it’s gone.
The other gay-themed show, The New Normal, is still going, and recently scored a full-season order from NBC (before the season started, many had thought it would be this show that struggled, while Partners would be okay). That series stars Justin Bartha and Andrew Rannells as a gay couple whose lives get mixed up with the single mother who agrees to be their surrogate.