Michael Urie on the demise of “Partners”
Not everyone loved the short-lived CBS comedy Partners but I sure did.
Michael Urie had a comedy tour de force each week and Brandon Routh has never been more appealing.
But it was canceled by CBS with seven of its episodes never aired.
Urie, of course, has bounced back with a new film and a new play, but he does lament the fact that the show was not given more of a chance to succeed.
“I still think they should have given us more time,” he tells The Backlot. “We had six and a half million viewers. If we’d been on NBC we would be renewed for three more years. It was so much about the climate of CBS. Why CBS didn’t give us a chance on another night, or didn’t at least wait for The Voice to be over [and] see how we’d do. I’m sure we lost a lot of viewers to The Voice, people that would have watched our show instead.”
He added: “You know, maybe we didn’t share the same sensibility as the audience that was watching How I Met Your Mother and Two Broke Girls, which we were sandwiched in between. Maybe we would have been better served following a show like Mike & Molly or a show like Two and a Half Men, that was a little bit more, I don’t know, a little more mature. I’m not sure. I’m not really sure.”
Maybe CBS will air the ‘lost’ episodes of Partners over the summer.
I’d certainly watch!