Fall Freak Out: Partners

Conveniently popped in between “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls” we get CBS’ “Partners”; which is part of television’s effort to wrangle adorable gay people into every single show they do (see: The New Normal, Happy Endings, Modern Family to name 3 of 1,500). I don’t know if I am biased because I have loved Michael Urie ever since I saw him on stage in “Angels in America”, but “Partners” just might be my personal sleeper hit of the fall.

As you all know at this point, I hate being forced to care about anyone. This goes for TV and real life. People need to earn my love and so far I have been complaining about everyone shoving relationships I don’t believe in yet down my throat. Not the case with “Partners”. They didn’t even try to get me to care about anyone! Great! They were funny, gave great back story, and we met the characters at a perfect pivotal moment. An engagement.

Michael Urie’s “I listen to my gut” Louis is played nicely against Brandon Routh’s calm and wholesome Wyatt. I would like to see more pop from Routh but his hot and too kind routine is so believable I wonder if he is really just playing himself.

I’ve never seen Sophia Bush in anything (that I can remember) and she is so crazy hot it’s ridiculous. Seriously, if I were male I’d be watching just for more shots of her in tight trousers. She doesn’t get enough screen time in the first episode but really the most important relationship is between Louis and Joe, which is played up just to an appropriate level of love. She gets to deliver the clincher at the end of the episode that wavered close to forcing me to care, “There are four people at this table but three couples.”

This is one I will most likely add to my weekly repertoire. It helps that I already DVR “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls.”

Amanda Kusek writes for Pop Focal, ReAlto (gorealto.com), and her own site amandakusek.com. She pays the bills with a job as an assistant and lives in New York City. Alicia Keys and Jay-Z told her once that if she could make it here she could make it anywhere...she's working on this.

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