Pilot Scoop: Brandon Routh Cast as Michael Urie's Boyfriend in CBS Comedy Partners

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Brandon Routh PartnersErstwhile Man of Steel Brandon Routh is sweeping Ugly Betty‘s Michael Urie off his feet.

As first reported by Deadline.com, the Chuck baddie has been cast as the boyfriend of Urie’s character in Partners, CBS’ comedy pilot from from Will & Grace creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan.

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The sitcom revolves around lifelong friends and business partners —architects  Charlie (not yet cast), who is straight, and Louis (Urie), who is gay. Routh will play Louis’ steady boyfriend, a former alcoholic model who’s now a sober, vegan nurse.

The cast also includes One Tree Hill‘s Sophia Bush as Charlie’s fiance Ali, Elizabeth Regen as the duo’s assistant, and Lucy Davis (the UK Office) as a colleague of Ali’s.



Comments (47)

  • That’s hot!

    Comment by Nickodimas – February 22, 2012 05:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • brandon routh was incredible with justin long in ‘zach and miri.’ have not seen him as superman but the roles ive seen him in, i love. good for him.

      Comment by lorna – February 23, 2012 01:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I want in the middle of that action

    Comment by scorpo – February 22, 2012 05:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Will love seeing Michael Urie’s smiling face once again gracing my small screen. It’s been too long. Can’t wait for Partners! The “former alcoholic model who’s now a sober, vegan nurse” boyriend sounds intriguing. Hehe

    Comment by Cassie – February 22, 2012 05:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • …and they are now two of my favorite people in the world for making those references… Awesome movie. To me anyway. hehe

      Comment by The Squatch – February 23, 2012 06:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He plays a vegan here? OOOH will he have super powers?

    Comment by RyanT – February 22, 2012 05:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • He should because being vegan just makes you better than most people.

      Comment by Olivia – February 22, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • So because I eat meat I’m a baddie? Sweet.

        Comment by Julie – February 23, 2012 05:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It’s a Scott Pilgrim VS the World reference.

          Comment by Deej – February 23, 2012 10:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Or just flatulent and less healthy…

        Comment by tarc – February 23, 2012 10:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Why do most vegans look so sickly and frail?

          Comment by Negative – October 15, 2012 05:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Idk how much I buy him as gay or that he would get with Michael Urie…

    Comment by Mark – February 22, 2012 06:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LOL. All the gay Routh talk again. It’s like old times.

      Comment by nostalgia – February 22, 2012 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was just gonna’ say that! Here come all THOSE rumours again…..

        Comment by dee123 – February 22, 2012 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha Ha! Great comment!Look at his eyes, they don’t glow so …I guess not.

    Comment by ally – February 22, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, is that the new wave for shows? NBC has The New Normal, CBS has this. All that’s left is for ABC to resurrect Cagney & Lacey as lesbians.

    Comment by Templar – February 22, 2012 06:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Hot twentysomething Cagney and Lacey lesbians?

      Comment by Hmmmm.... – February 22, 2012 08:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • OK, sure. Why not?

        Comment by Templar – February 23, 2012 04:41 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just seeing Routh’s stupid face makes me angry for how he ruined the Superman movie.

    Comment by gurl – February 22, 2012 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just seeing Routh’s face makes me angry for how he ruined the Superman movie.

    Comment by gurl – February 22, 2012 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • If by “Brandon Routh” you mean “Kate Bosworth” then I agree. But Routh didn’t ruin Superman. He was perfect in the role.

      Comment by Ruby – February 22, 2012 11:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Perfectly awful. Routh can’t act to save his life. It’s why he’s sunk to 5th billing gay boyfriend on TV, five years after he was a leading man in film. He is just a pisspoor actor, who has finally sunk to his appropriate level.

        Comment by Hera – February 22, 2012 11:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It wasn’t Brandon Routh who ruined the movie. It was the horrible script, dumb plot, and terrible directing.

      Comment by Ann – February 23, 2012 06:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Routh was brilliant in the role – the script was terrible (terrible, terrible, terrible).

      Comment by tarc – February 23, 2012 10:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So he was brilliant at being terrible? LOL. Now THAT, I agree with. Routh was the very embodiment of terrible, terrible, terrible in Superman. A weak wooden actor all around.

      Comment by penn – February 24, 2012 02:05 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gelato isnt vegan?

    Comment by Darth Pablo – February 22, 2012 07:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Neither is chicken.

      Comment by Olivia – February 22, 2012 07:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s milk and eggs, b**ch.

    Comment by Paola – February 22, 2012 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • At least Brandon isn’t stretching his meager acting skills. Playing gay again is well with in his limited range.

    Comment by sally – February 22, 2012 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • #1- I don’t buy them as a couple.
    #2- Urie is a waaaayy better actor than Routh!

    Comment by erica – February 22, 2012 08:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agreed. Happy for Urie, but wish he wasn’t stuck with Routh’s dead weight dragging him down.

      Comment by lola – February 22, 2012 11:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • i’m behind this. only hoping we’ll see a LOT more of Urie than Routh.

        Comment by jess – February 23, 2012 06:12 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great news! BTW, Routh is happily married.

    Comment by Adriana – February 22, 2012 10:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • So was Rock Hudson. LOL.

      Comment by oh honey – February 22, 2012 11:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Geez, did Urie sell his soul to the devil or what? That’s quite a catch!

    Comment by Ruby – February 22, 2012 11:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Excited about this show, love Sophia Bush and Michael Urie and Brandon Routh was hilarious in Zack and Miri. Looking forward to hearing who is playing the other ‘Partner’.

    Comment by Lauren – February 23, 2012 02:43 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Brandon Routh is actually a pretty good actor – he was passable as supperman (i’m a huge fan of all things superman), he was funny in the terrible Scott wassisface vs the world or whatever and if you need proof of his capabilities, just watch Chuck – he was amazing as Shaw, truly chilling and a fantastic bad guy!

    Comment by Katy – February 23, 2012 02:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Routh isn’t [playing gay. He is. How do you think he cast as Superman? Brian Singer directed. Connect the dots.

    Comment by Benjamin Kabak – February 23, 2012 08:19 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Bryan Singer is well known for using the casting couch and liking to cast his sextoys, but straight directors have been doing that forever with females. Nowadays, it just goes both ways.

      Comment by well – February 23, 2012 10:53 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • wow lots of ignorant and bitter people here.. but yeah, I’m very excited about this new show. I’ll watch anything Routh is in, he’s a very versatile actor. And HOT!

    Comment by Mike – February 23, 2012 08:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow, sure are a lot of bitter people in this comments section. I don’t care about Brandon Routh’s sexual orientation. I’m just looking forward to having him on this show and playing an interesting sounding role. Also reprising his role as a vegan.
    Also so glad to have Brandon Urie back on my television set. He’s fantastic. This show looks a hell of a lot better than Ryan Murphy’s piss-poor generic NBC pilot, “Modern Family 2″.

    Comment by R.T. – February 23, 2012 09:37 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • you know I don’t care what anyone else says I love Brandon Routh! Agent Shaw in Chuck was one of my favorite villians. Also Michael Urie is amazing mark from ugly betty was just perfect for him

    Comment by Ash – February 23, 2012 10:03 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If this show gets established, I hope Routh abandons the sham and just comes out like Neil Patrick Harris. Urie is out too and his career seems to be progressing fine, better than Routh’s at this point, to be honest. Routh may be a weak actor, but if he comes out, I’ll be rooting for him to succeed. These days, I think he could actually get more fans by coming out than staying in the closet. If an actor isn’t trying to be a movie leading man, action star or romance, then there is no point in staying in the closet in 2012, imo.

    Comment by Tiki – February 23, 2012 10:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This makes the third sitcom with that title. I want “The Partners” with Don Adams and Rupert Crosse to be released on DVD, but this new “Partners” will just complicate it.

    Comment by David – February 23, 2012 12:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am seriously just glad to see Michael Urie back on my screen, but it is good to see that the gay character won’t just be the perpetually single guy, like Will (from Will & Grace) was.
    Also, hot couple alert!

    Comment by Mandy – February 23, 2012 09:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 1. Brandon is horrible! Michael is cute.
    2. Urie is better actor than Routh.
    Routh sorry but so does the TV.
    Good person, good actor.

    Comment by Diana – April 9, 2012 05:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • god no.
      Brandon Routh is the epitome of hotness.

      Comment by sam – May 25, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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