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Hercules Says CBS’
Gay New Sitcom PARTNERS
Isn’t Any Better Than SHIT!!

I am – Hercules!!

A shrill, hacky laughtrack sitcom from writer-producers David Kohan & Max Mutchnick (“Will & Grace,” “Four Kings”), "Partners" follows partners in an architectural firm -- a homosexual fellow and a heterosexual fellow -- who have been friends since childhood.

It stars David Krumholtz (“Numbers,” “Serenity”) and Michael Urie (“Ugly Betty”), with Brandon Routh (“Superman Returns”) and Sophia Bush (“One Tree Hill”) as their significant others.

I judge “Partners” less accomplished than any of CBS’ other current sitcoms, and worse even than “Shit My Dad Says,” the writers’ last sitcom for CBS. I will say, though, the great Krumholtz does work manfully to sell some pretty poor material.

Interestingly, Fox in 1995 also aired a sitcom titled “Partners,” also directed by James Burrows, and also about two architects who find their longtime friendship strained after one of them decides to marry. The Fox “Partners” (which starred Jon Cryer and Tate Donovan) was created by Jeff Greenstein, who went on to work for Kohan and Mutchnick on “Will & Grace.” But both architects in the Fox version were devoid of any gay.

HuffPost TV says:

... This appears to be the re-animated corpse of a tired, schticky comedy pilot from 1996. … just a tiresome collection of hacky scenes and lines …

The New York Times says:

Some shows need a script doctor. The new sitcom “Partners,” based on the working relationship of its creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, calls out for a couples counselor. Maybe he could explain why this celebration of friendship feels so sour and joyless.…

The San Francisco Chronicle says:

... The style of humor is as old as vaudeville: Krumholtz is the straight man in more ways than one, but his Joe gets off a few nicely deadpan lines as a counterpoint to Louis' stream of hysteria. … If "Partners" is to find an audience, it will do so by making us like the characters - not just find them somewhat likable and occasionally funny. We not only have to feel affection for them individually, but together as well. That, and find more current cultural references for the one-liners.

The Washington Post says:

... Kohan and Mutchnick haven’t moved forward or backward since their “Will & Grace” days, which is perhaps why the show feels old before its time. …

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says:

... This comedy is full of stock jokes, stock characters and even a stock premise. "Partners" isn't the worst new sitcom of the season -- NBC's "Guys With Kids" earned that title hands down -- but it is disappointing. …

The Miami Herald says:

... witless, predictable and much closer to creepy than funny. …

The Boston Herald says:

Grade: D ... The young actors portraying fifth-grade versions of Joe and Louis (Sloane Morgan Siegel and Corey Fogel-manis) have more chemistry than their adult alter-egos. …

The Boston Globe says:

... what an irritating show! Almost every line is a bad joke! It’s like reading a series of sentences that all end in exclamation points! “Partners” is ham on a shtick … the stubbornly conventional scripts, the overfamiliar characters, and the old-fashioned, machine-gun comic timing undermine any possibility of freshness. …

USA Today says:

... Partners may be many things, "funny" isn't one of them … What you also have, unfortunately, are three couples without a shred of chemistry in any of their configurations. …

Variety says:

... the tone and emphasis on double entendres suggest "Partners'" aspirations are limited. Indeed, the pilot's only moment that didn't feel completely predictable involved a quote from "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance." …

8:30 p.m. Monday. CBS.

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  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:46 a.m. CST

    And the lesson the network will take from this is ...

    by V'Shael

    Gays are out, and just aren't funny anymore. Not the real lesson - wow these writers are shit, and about as funny as a burning orphanage, maybe we shouldn't get them writing any sitcoms for us.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:49 a.m. CST

    Every commercial I've seen for this show

    by scudd

    seems to indicate that it will touch on every single gay stereotype in existence. It's 2012, assholes. Get your shit together. You can't make a show like this when a show like Modern Family exists.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:53 a.m. CST

    Want a laugh?

    by pearlanddean

    Every time I read about the new slew of American sitcoms, it feels like a Simpsons parody. If bored, why not look for a UK sitcom called 'Not Going Out'. The first season stars Megan Dodd and Lee Mack and is hilarious from start to finish. I laughed so much a little bit of wee came out and I'm not elderly.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    EVERY CBS sitcom is terrible

    by Beebop

    2 Broke Girls is racist, cheap, lazy, and trashy. Two and a Half Men has always been cheap, lazy, and trashy. Big Bang Theory is annoying schlock that always goes for obvious jokes. Same with Mike and Molly. CBS has the worst of all the sitcoms by far. I don't think there's anyone out there that can honestly say that anything on CBS is better than even Fox: Raising Hope, New Girl? Both are vastly superior to anything on CBS, and by all accounts, the Mindy Project is pretty great, too.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:55 a.m. CST

    Sophia Bush

    by Waspo

    She has always been smoking hot, but unless this is on HBO and we get to see her Bush I'm going to pass on this. I'm earning my

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 8:52 a.m. CST

    I knew that that new Superman was a gay!!

    by ajit maholtra

    I knew it!!!

  • Modern Family is a funny show, but in NO WAY does it deserve to keep winning best comedy year after year, ESPECIALLY when it is declining in quality and laughs. The show has become the WORST kind of comedy: PREDICABLE! When you can telegraph most of the laughs five minutes before they happen, it's time to get some new writers, or for the Emmy's to find a new "golden horse". I REALLY wish 30 Rock had won, because while last season had some of the "worst" episode of the show's entire run, it was STILL better than 99% of the crap on tv, and the characters actually had tremendous and believable growth.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    How do you make a faggot fuck a bitch?

    by Ricardo

    Fill her cunt with shit.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:16 a.m. CST

    The 1995 Partners was pretty funny

    by ShiftyEyedDog

    I still have them all recorded. And Maria Pitillo was beyond adorable.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:26 a.m. CST


    by Brad

    And here i thought i was the only one who ever saw that show.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:44 a.m. CST


    by Michael Gunn

  • and the problem is, I feel like the worse a sitcom is, the longer it will last. Network TV is such a wasteland these days. The only non-cable I'm watching anymore are HIMYM, which is pretty much beating a dead horse at this point, and Castle, which feels like it belongs on USA between White Collar and Suits, and may have jumped the shark last year. Of course, with the NHL locked out, I'm probably going to cancel cable once baseball season ends.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 10:49 a.m. CST

    what's the endgame here?

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    speaking from the UK here, so I may not be completely on the ball...<P> Sitcoms are getting worse and chasing an ever-lower denominator. Cable seems in general to be getting better and better. Can there not be a point where people just pay for what they watch, so things will sort themselves out? <P> One could then pay to watch the good quality shows where your money is in the good scripts and an adequate budget, and anyone masochistic enough to want to watch network shite will get to ride that rollercoaster down as far as they can stand to. Eventually the ad revenue would weaken to the point that they'd feel willing to take a chance at being interesting and innovative. I don't know why the site even reviews shit like this. Just act like it's not there and concentrate on what has potential, instead. <P> Pay only for what we actively want to see and then i'd imagine market forces would do the rest. There must be many millions of incredibly passive and easy to please viewers out there for TV to be in the state it is these days. We should get a two-tier system, at least, for those that don't want mindless shit.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11 a.m. CST

    Routh is NOT gay.. sheesh.

    by mcgillj

    I will admit he does play it very well. Lol.. But his girlfriend is smokin HOT.. She was on Dexter season 4 as Lithgow's daughter.. The reporter not the crazy step daughter.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    i agree with pelti..

    by mcgillj

    Not sure how Castle will fare... But still like the characters.. Same with How I Met Your Mother and Big Bang Theory.. They're both ready to be put out to pasture.. But i do have to see how they end still.

  • That's the fiction of the TV industry. <p> It's CRAP. The same old useless dolts grinding out the same old useless CRAP.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    do gay men relate to these gay characters on TV?

    by sunwukong86

    I would really like to know what gay people think of shows like Glee, Partners, New Normal, etc. I find it hard to believe that these characters are relatable even if they're written by gay men

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Faggots on tv have commited the ultimate sin: Thier Boring

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    and tedious

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:33 p.m. CST

    Corr:Faggots on tv have commited the ultimate sin: They're Boring

    by BoRock_A_Boomer

    and tedious

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    Always with the impossible hot girlfriend...

    by Farrokh

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    impossibly I mean.

    by Farrokh

  • That said, I wondering how close we're getting to 'Work It' territory...

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 1:45 p.m. CST

    Re: kidicarus

    by Ricardo

    That is a joke by Gilbert Gottfried.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:22 p.m. CST

    Hopefully THE END of these Faggot "comedies"

    by plisskenman

    Nobody outside of NY SF and Miami care about these shit shows. I do wanna see Sophia Bush' muff on HBO good call on that. What we need is a Macgyver reboot on ABC.

  • to this labored shit...Add How i met your mother to the list of suckage....fucking laugh tracks where there are zero jokes??? The Big Gangbang Theory- Sheldon is fucking Sociopath... and very unfunny.... Two and Half Men- trashy, cheap, obvious and unfunny...

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:27 p.m. CST

    FOX- at least their shows try...

    by Dan

    New Girl, Raising Hope are decent...they try.... Even the ones scheduled together on ABC have some cleverness to them; The Middle, Suburgatory... etc... The best one ABC has is HAPPY ENDINGS... now that's some funny shit with a homo too boot...

  • at least not inherently funny...there's nothing surprising or hilarious about having trying to raise kids is not funny, but scary and pathetic.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 2:31 p.m. CST

    GLEE has done it too, made the homos unfunny...

    by Dan

    TV needs a new stereotype to exploit...

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:05 p.m. CST

    Coolest gay TV character was Sam Adama on CAPRICA

    by lv_426

    Which was on cable but only lasted one season.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    They stole a show and then made it shitty.

    by theswillmerchant

    This has pretty much the same plot as the 1995 series, same director, and the showrunners worked with Jeff Greenstein so they were definitely aware of the show he created. They essentially stole someone else's idea, made one of the characters gay, and then removed anything funny. This is one of the few times I actually hope someone gets sued.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST

    How gay.

    by Sandy

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST

    ABC, NBC, and CBS make shows for Nielsen Households

    by MGTHEDJ

    They do not make shows for the general public. The Nielsen Co. over samples households making less than $35k a year, and WAY under samples households with 2 college grads and a combined income of more than $100k. The broadcast networks also have to worry about the Thought Police of the American Political Right screaming about cussing, sideboobs, bare butts, and pixelating on their sacred broadcast channels. See, because in America we have to protect the children and the church ladies. Meanwhile the husbands are on their laptops in the study watching porn.-----later------m

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Not as gay as THE WOLVERINE talkback.

    by adeceasedfan

    Buncha slack jawed faggots in there.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah, but Herc...

    by Red Ned Lynch

    ...the question the show any worse than shit?

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST

    At least they have Sophia Bush

    by J

    Who was the hottest woman on the planet circa her appearance in The Hitcher. She's still pretty damn fine.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:22 p.m. CST

    Stupid show.

    by Chris Moody

    Almost as stupid as THE NEW (ab)NORMAL.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    Poor Brandon Routh

    by Phategod2

    I think Dylan Dog was Routh's biggest mistake. But hopefully he can turn it around.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:38 p.m. CST

    Girlfriend? I think Routh eventually married her

    by bowtiehoon

    kid and relation to aicn

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:48 p.m. CST

    I want to partner my penis with Sophia's bush.

    by Metroid_Fetish

    Or lack thereof.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 7:53 p.m. CST

    Man, what have Mitchell and Cam wrought?

    by OutsideChance

    Every other sitcom this year is a blatant rip off of "Modern Family."

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 8:06 p.m. CST

    value hate speech over free speech here, thanks.

    by Kevin Spellman

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:43 p.m. CST

    Yep, this type of Talkback is an excuse for...

    by MovieManStill

    ...dickwads to show how insecure they are about their sexuality. Substitute "gay" with "black," or the apparently unprintable "n_____," and watch how fast heads swing. To answer kevin's question...nope, I don't relate to most of these stereotypes, although the majority have been created by gay men themselves. From reading some of the comments in here, I'm not at all surprised that the industry goes with the safe, "pet gays," as opposed to average gay man or woman. But then, I think that the opinions of this crowd are a lot less influential than they themselves believe them to be.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 9:50 p.m. CST

    What in the fuck is wrong with you fucking stupid cunts?

    by beatitudesputnik

    Grow the fuck up. As for the admins, maybe its time to at least consider a fucking report button.

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 10:23 p.m. CST

    A show about homosexuals produced by Jews? How unexpected!

    by ShamelessElitist

  • Sept. 24, 2012, 11:57 p.m. CST

    @ moviemanstill:

    by Chris Moody

    Whoa dude...don't try to compare homosexuals -- who are defined by either their actions or claim of a sexual preference -- with someone who you can tell was born into a minority group on the basis of their skin color. As a black man, I find that extremely offensive. BTW, I find the "I was born that way" propaganda to be as laughable as that stupid Gaga song. You are born without sexual desires and don't develop them until adolescence. As DNA testing and the results of analysis of the Human Genome Project demonstrate, there is nothing "biological" to it.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:36 a.m. CST

    Lighten up francis

    by T

    Really this they are words quit crying.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 4:14 a.m. CST

    Awesome headline, Hercules. Well done.

    by Larry_Sanders

    I'm not even gonna bother with the homophobes.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 4:54 a.m. CST

    by Dr Hemlock

    They allow "teabagger" here too and the people who use that word intend it to be every bit as hateful as "faggot." What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 11:03 a.m. CST

    Oh, here we go.

    by MovieManStill

    We're talking minorities. I won't even comment on the "black" versus "gay" argument. Minority is not exclusively defined by skin color. There is ignorance in here, across the board. As a gay man, whatever-the-hell-your-name-is, I find your selectivity offensive.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:21 p.m. CST

    the gay characters need to be flamboyent

    by jim

    Gay characters need to be easily identifiable so the average TV viewer can tell them apart from the other characters. Otherwise, when they finally figure out "he's gay!???!!!" they get pissed at being "mislead" and take it out on the network for "tricking them".

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 1:27 p.m. CST

    The only positive thing I can say about this show

    by jim

    is that it was a pilot that was all about set up. Now that they've established who the characters are, and how they relate to one another, they can move on to actual story. I'll check out the second episode to see if it improves, but it'll have to be quite a bit to have me tuning in for the third (and, if you think I'm an impossibly discerning elitist, remember, I'm the guy who liked "Hawaii").

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:16 p.m. CST

    @ moviemanstill:

    by Chris Moody

    You have some real issues in addition to those where you allow your sexual desires to define you. Just don't cross the line and claim that homosexuals -- defined by their sexual preference (or claim of it) -- is the same as someone who is born into a minority and frowned upon by the color of our skin, hair type or look of our nose or lips.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:19 p.m. CST

    @ larry_sanders: "Homophobes?" Really?

    by Chris Moody

    Most people aren't afraid of homosexuals. We just don't want them redefining social contracts, flaunting themselves as if their sexual desires are a virtue or pretending that they are a significant "minority" that was "born this way" (bullshit). Some people just find it gross.

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 3:33 p.m. CST

    Faggots are good for a laugh, on occasion.

    by Henri Pouper

    I like how the sick bastards think anyone outside of commie lib-dom thinks their lifestyle is morally legit. That's funny, too!

  • Being discriminated against for who you vote for is NOT the same as being discriminated against for you fuck, you retarded, nigger hating, faggot hating, woman hating teabagger. And if you don't understand why I used such awful language then you're not intelligent enough to have a conversation with me.

  • How about we all stop defining ourselves by who looks like us or who fucks the same people as us and just all be fucking human beings? How's that for progressive? Unfortunately, that will never happen because racists and bigots will always be ignorant hateful pieces of shit (like dr hemlock) and people like you, ccchhhrrriiisssmredux, will always want a soapbox to stand on.

  • Oh, and I'm a straight Asian-American, so run that through your arbitrary minority-judgement filter and make of it what you will.

  • I like how the sick bastards think anyone outside of their evangelical cult think that their opinions are worth jack shit. Please, tell me more about how dinosaurs and humans coexisted when the Earth was created 4000 years ago! Nothing happens when you die, but you waste your Sundays shoulder to shoulder with your fellow cul-de-sac occupants listening to pedophiles tell you to be good people and eating crackers and drinking wine which you believe to be the flesh and blood of a man who may or may not have existed 2000 years ago, ostensibly practicing cannibalism and vampirism. That's REALLY funny, too!

  • Sept. 25, 2012, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Hate to Say I Told You So

    by MMacKK

    The last time I commented was about how these boards have become littered with nothing more than sexist, bigoted comments. The fact that there appears to be little to no moderation here by this website, and the fact that writers and talkbackers on this site continue to sling the same old boys-club nonsense is absurd. These articles and boards should be about the discussion of a medium that everyone is passionate about. Instead, it has turned into an arena for the weak-minded to put forward their poorly worded hate speech. kevinps makes some valid points, much of which I'm sure will be scoffed at and rebutted with comments that will most likely fail to address the issue at hand, but will be an attempt to see who has the most creative way of saying faggot. The fact that most of this stuff stands, well, hey... Fuck you, AICN. Nice knowing you.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 6:14 a.m. CST

    They're all kinds of bigots, kevinps...

    by Dr. Hfuhruhurr

    And you're one of them.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 9:29 a.m. CST

    Enough is Enough

    by GPolice

    I thought this site was supposed to be a movie/television discussion forum. Not only is it filled with hateful bigots, but the moderators don't seem to care, which in some ways is even more reprehensible. This is just the stuff that kids wrestling with self-esteem issues who happen to like movies do not need to see. And no one should have to be subjected to such disgusting, vile comments when they're checking out a movie/series review. This place has become an embarrassment and I will not subject myself to it any longer, and will make sure to spread the word to others. Uh...let me guess. Nasty, hateful, homophobic comments will now be hurled in my direction. But guess what? I won't be around to read them. Instead, I'll be living a productive positive life surrounded my decent human beings.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    @ kevinpms:

    by Chris Moody

    People generally disapprove of promiscuous heterosexual cheaters too. However, you don't see heterosexual cheaters trying to add their sexual lifestyle to the First Amendment.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:30 p.m. CST

    @ gpolice:

    by Chris Moody

    If you oppose someone's sexual activity, that doesn't make you a bigot any more than YOU are a BIGOT if you disapprove of my disapproval of those who thrust their homosexuality into the faces of everyone else.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    @ kevinpms:

    by Chris Moody

    It is funny that you discriminate against Christian people because their faith doesn't embrace your homosexuality. Have fun with your homosexuality. I don't care about it one way or the other. However, don't try to thrust it upon society and force -- by law -- everyone else to embrace it or else you'll slur them by calling them a "bigot" or "homophobe."

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 5:36 p.m. CST

    And, kevinpms...

    by Chris Moody

    ...I don't "fear" someone redefining social contracts. However, I am gravely concerned with a group of radical leftists are redefining the LAW and trying to force everyone else to adhere to it. Ever heard of "anti-discrimination" laws? So, what happens when the 1.5% of homosexuals in this world force the other 98.5% of us to embrace their sexual orientation and extend NO UNFAVORABLE OPINION on the matter? What happens when a church, synagogue, mosque or religious school or bookstore doesn't extend an embrace to such a lifestyle? Yeah, it would violate the First Amendment. But what the fuck do you care? You pissed on Christians a few posts back while you simultaneously whined that everyone should "tolerate" the goals of homosexual activists.

  • Sept. 26, 2012, 7:23 p.m. CST

    I've been around since before THE PHANTOM MENACE...

    by Chris Moody

    ...and I have been Herc. It seems like Herc is quick on the trigger when it comes to anyone disagreeing with his Leftist political views. Herc thinks that he is right...everyone else is there is nothing more to debate. Anyone who doesn't agree with his views is "extreme."