One of the season's most high-profile
gay series, Partners, has been canceled.
CBS pulled the plug on Friday after
airing six episodes including the show's September premiere.
The series from Will & Grace
creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick was 4 years in development and
inspired by their lifelong friendship and business relationship.
Partners starred Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) as 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 Monday night sitcom's final
November 12 episode drew an audience of 5.5 million viewers,
according to TVByTheNumbers.com.
Monday night ratings champ Dancing with the Stars, by
comparison, drew an audience of nearly 14 million viewers.
The New Normal, which features a
gay couple (played by Andrew
Rannells and Justin Bartha) trying to start a family and the
surrogate mother (Georgia King) who comes to their aid, is expected
to return for a second season.
“Thanks for the
love and support!” Urie tweeted to his more than 61,000 followers.
“#Partners will have a special place in my heart, and the best part
was how much y'all liked it.”