Partners: Did You Have a Gay Old Time?

Partners Premiere RecapOne thing we can all agree on: Michael Urie is back on TV and that’s a very good thing.

But was the Ugly Betty scene-stealer’s comeback vehicle, CBS’ Partners, firing on all cylinders?

First, a brief refresher: Written and exec produced by David Kohan and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace), the sitcom — which debuted Monday at 8:30/7:30c — follows two architects and lifelong friends — the straight Joe (David Krumholtz) and the gay Louis (Urie) — and their significant others (Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh, respectively), who often play second fiddle to Joe and Louis’ marriage-like relationship.

The double entrendre-laced series doesn’t exactly break new ground. And yes, some of the punchlines land with a thud (see: “I have a heart on!”). But there’s enough chemistry between Urie — who makes the scheming, self-obsessed Louis far more likable than he deserves to be — and Krumholtz to earn a cautiously optimistic stamp of approval.

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