The Hudsonian Sees PARTNERS

by Josh Hudson

This new CBS comedy originally aired on September 24, 2012. Considering the time slot, it was a rather dismal ratings performance. Much like the acting and the writing.

4 people, 3 couples. That’s the unofficial tagline of this show. If you can’t read between the lines, I’ll translate:

This show won’t be on the air long.

Partners is a semi-autobiographical story about its creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick. One’s gay, one’s straight, and they spend a lot of time working together, but also have their significant others to tend to. Sure. Sounds like something no one in America wants to see.

There are good actors involved in this project, with Michael Urie and David Krumholtz playing Joe and Louis – the Partners – and Brandon Routh and Sophia Bush playing their significant others Wyatt and Ali, respectively. I mean, one of those guys was Superman!

Maybe if he put on a red cape, he could save this show.

There are some bright moments (I believe every comedy that hits the air has at least one or two decent jokes in the pilot) but it mostly fell flat. The worst part? Not a lot of chemistry between the actors. And when the show revolves around relationships, that can’t be a good thing.

There were a lot of high hopes for this show, especially because of where CBS placed it on its schedule (Monday nights, between ratings darlings How I Met Your Mother and 2 Broke Girls) but when it’s not topping out at 7 million overall viewers, and it’s on CBS, that’s a recipe for cancellation.

I write this with optimism. And no, it’s not that I think that Partners will some how survive, but that CBS will bring back one of my favs, Rules of Engagement, earlier than expected. There’s always one show every year that has high hopes and fails to deliver what Rules always does.

Sadly, two of the last three years, it’s been shows from KoMut (Kohan/Mutchnick) Entertainment.

What Have We Learned from the 1st Week of the 2012 Season?

Some interesting bits, actually:

After One Week, Which TV Shows Look Good and Which Seem Doomed? – by Josef Adalian

Congratulations, fellow TV viewers: We’ve survived another premiere week! The networks threw all manner of new shows our way and forced us to fill our DVRs to bursting with returning favorites. It seems only fair that we repay their kindness by rushing to judgement about how their new lineups fared out of the gate, from the obvious winners to the Romney-esque losers. Yes, yes: One week does not a season make, particularly in an era when shows debut year-round and many viewers watch shows on their own damn schedules. But that caveat aside, we still think there are some early lessons to be drawn from the early days of the new season.

It’s more important than ever to pay attention to time-shifted viewing...

NBC has emerged from the Dark Ages

Fox is off to a rocky start...

We can already tell which shows are sticking around and which are doomed

TV’s grizzled veterans continue to defy gravity

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WILL & GRACE Creators Get Some Sh*t About Their New Show

…Which, kinda like WILL & GRACE, happens to be all about them, except now they’re both men. Well, the writers always have both been men, but now the characters are too. Only there’s this other show, see, created by somebody else they used to work with, that’s also all about them. Or else they’re all about it? Whatever.

‘Partners’ Co-Creators Talk About Putting Themselves in New CBS Comedy – by Michael O’Connell

Max Mutchnick and David Kohan explain how much of their own relationship informs their return to TV and why comparisons to similar series with the same name are “unfortunate.”

Partners co-creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, the duo behind Will & Grace, spoke a bit more personally than most showrunners during their Television Critics Association summer press tour panel. Though the stars of their new CBS series did field some questions, most reporters targeted the Emmy-winning duo’s decision to focus their latest collaboration on their own history.

The series follows two best friends and business partners, one gay (Michael Urie) and one straight (David Krumholtz), and the various issues their close relationship create in their respective love lives.

“What we’re writing is a dynamic,” said Mutchnick. “We’ve been friends since we were 14 years old. We’re in a relationship.”

Mutchnick went on to give a rather detailed and hammed up recap of their meeting in high school — Kohan, an athlete who dabbled in drama, and Mutchnick, a boy who had framed photos of Bette Midler in his room — and his decision to come out of the closet to his best friend.

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All this is fine and dandy, but here’s the problem:

Once upon a time there was another series called PARTNERS. Jeff Greenstein, who also was a writer-producer on WILL & GRACE, created this “similar series,” which not only had the same name, but a whole lot of other similarities as well – way back in 1995. Here’s how Greenstein tweeted it the other day:

“So I guess it’s OK to rip off the title, premise, pilot story, characters’ jobs and pilot director from a colleague’s series and claim it as your own. Have fun!”

We love the smell of burning lawsuits early in the morning. And, considering his use of the magic words, “rip off” in his tweet, so will Jeff Greenstein. (As for the same director – Jimmy Burrows – shooting both pilots, can you spell w-h-o-r-e? all we can say is “Hmm…”)

Are we really terrible people for looking forward so eagerly to the sideshow?

CBS Fall 2012 Premiere Dates

Honking press release:


Wednesday, Sept. 19

  • 8:00-9:30 PM SURVIVOR: PHILIPPINES (25th edition premiere)

Monday, Sept. 24

  • 8:00-8:30 PM How I Met Your Mother (8th season premiere)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM Partners (Series Debut)
  • 9:00-9:30 PM 2 Broke Girls (2nd season premiere)
  • 9:30-10:00 PM MIKE & Molly (3rd season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Hawaii Five-0 (3rd season premiere)

Tuesday, Sept. 25

  • 8:00-9:00 PM NCIS (10th season premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM NCIS: LOS ANGELES (4th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Vegas (Series Debut)

Wednesday, Sept. 26

  • 9:00-10:00 PM Criminal Minds (8th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM CSI: CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION (13th season premiere)

Thursday, Sept. 27

  • 8:00-8:30 PM The Big Bang Theory (6th season premiere)
  • 8:30-9:00 PM Two and a Half Men (10th season premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Person Of Interest (2nd season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Elementary (Series Debut)

Friday, Sept. 28

  • 8:00-9:00 PM CSI: NY (9thseason premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM Made In Jersey (Series Debut)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM Blue Bloods (3rdseason premiere

Saturday, Sept. 29

  • 10:00-11:00 PM 48 Hours Mystery (26th season premiere)

Sunday, Sept. 30

  • 7:00-8:00 PM 60 Minutes (45th season premiere)
  • 8:00-9:00 PM THE Amazing Race (21st edition premiere)
  • 9:00-10:00 PM THE Good Wife (4th season premiere)
  • 10:00-11:00 PM THE Mentalist (5thseason premiere)