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 business relationship.

Speaking with'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, September 24.