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Michael Urie on hunky TV boyfriend Brandon Routh: ‘He’s supercute and a big ol’ tree trunk of a man’

Ugly Betty alum Michael Urie returns to series television on September 24 with the premiere of Partners, a CBS comedy about childhood friends – one gay, one straight – who work together in an architecture firm.

Urie plays the gay man while David Krumholtz is the straight friend. Both have significant others who are a regular presence on the series and they are played by Brandon Routh and Sophia Bush, respectively.

Routh is best known for his turn as The Man of Steel in the 2006 film Superman Returns and Urie tells Entertainment Weekly he is happy to be playing his love interest.

‘He’s supercute and a bog ol’ tree trunk of a man,’ he says. ‘He plays the character’s aloofness perfect.y. He was so brilliant as Clark Kent, so this is basically a sitcom version of that.’

Urie, who is gay in real life, hopes the show will not only entertain, but also educate some people in a non-threatening way.

‘There are places in the country where straight people still don’t understand how to be friends with a gay man and I think if they catch out show, it can be what Will & Grace was for those types of folks,’ he says. ‘Where Ugly Betty and Glee were able to tackle serious social issues about coming out, this show is much further along in the character’s lives. We’re meeting them in midlife, so it’ll be less of an issue show and more of a lead-by-example show, I hope.’

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  1. I’m looking forward to seeing Partners. I saw a preview of it earlier, and it looks like it should be fun.

  2. Both Routh and Urie are so adorable. Partners looks fun!

  3. Great actors…but let’s hope Partners will not resort to stereotypical clichés like Will and Grace or other ‘family’ shows with gay characters. Our community deserves more diversity like Warehouse 13′s Steve Jinks or Teen Wolfs out student Danny not only on cable channels.

  4. Will definitely be watching Partners. It looks fun, indeed. Just saw The New Normal last evening and enjoyed it a lot. All the bigots are screaming about “too much gayness” on television now. LOL Love it!

  5. There is going to be so many shows that are going to be telling our (gay people) stories and I can’t be more happy for the new fall line-up on most networks. It’s odd how so many people are now going back in time and talking about the iconic ‘Will & Grace’ and praying that some of the new shows don’t get ‘super-gay’ as they are claiming that W&G were. Honey, thanks to characters like Jack (Sean Haynes) that came along and gave birth to over-the-top gay characters like Jack, I don’t know what TV goers would do. There wasn’t too many characters like Jack on primetime and that character alone broke the mold. Once Just Jack was literally a movement for TV and for writers to be fearless when writing a gay character. ‘Partners’ is shaping up to have a few hot men on this show and I’m going to be watching and waiting with baited breath. The ex-Superman is adorable (that body int he pic is just ridiculous) and Mr. Urie is just so special and has this twinkle in his eyes that you so want to further investigate. I know he is going to strike TV gold.
    Even though we have OUT actors on TV like NPH, who can never do any wrong, he might be The Best, we also have the cute and extremely smart and overly nerdy (which I love nerdy guys) guy from “Big Bang Theory” and the list can go on and on but we have to welcome Urie back. He looks like he never ages, OMG, he looks amazing. I pray this show makes it, I’m routing loud and clear.

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