Two years after Ugly Betty,
Michael Urie returns to TV this fall playing a gay character in the
CBS sitcom Partners.
The 31-year-old Urie will play Louis,
whose friendship with business partner Joe (David Krumholt) is tested
when Louis gets a new boyfriend (Brandon Routh) and Joe gets engaged
to Ali (Sophia Bush). The series from Will & Grace
creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick has been 4 years in
development and was inspired by their lifelong friendship and
with GregInHollywood.com's Greg Hernandez, Urie, who is openly
gay, said he wasn't concerned about being typecast in gay roles.
“I've gotten to do all these gay guys
who are totally different – by 'do,' I mean 'play' [laughs]. And I
never had to say, 'No more gay characters.' Of course there were
people over the years who told me, 'Don't play any more gay
characters,' but then another awesome role would come up and I can't
not take a great role. I would much rather play a great gay role
than a mediocre straight role,” Urie said.
Partners premieres Monday,