Today in showbiz news: CBS has canceled Partners, but its Big Bang Theory is bangier than ever, and two trailers for two promising comedies.
Word comes today that struggling freshman sitcom Partners has been taken off the CBS schedule, surprising basically nobody. The show — about two lifelong best friends, one straight and one gay, turned business partners — was met with unenthusiastic critical reception upon its premiere and, while still doing significantly better than a lot of other network sitcoms, was far from a ratings powerhouse for big bad CBS. The show was created by Will & Grace duo Max Mutchnick and David Kohan, and was based on their own friendship, and starred TV faves Michael Urie (as the gay) and David Krumholtz (as the straight), so it certainly had the appearance of a top-drawer sitcom, but alas in practice it tended to rely on easy, dated gay jokes instead of saying anything new, and had two supporting characters that never really connected. Certainly not the way Karen and Jack did, at least. So, oh well. CBS, long the least gay-friendly broadcast network, is down another pair. They'll get them back though. Once Sheldon comes out on Big Bang Theory and DiNozzo makes a teary confession on the NCIS season finale it'll be like nothing happened. [The Hollywood Reporter]
On the flip side of CBS sitcom news, Big Bang Theory had its highest-ever ratings night yesterday, with an enormous 17.4 million people tuning for a 5.5 rating. That's pretty huge especially when you consider, as Entertainment Weekly points out, that it's at 8pm, meaning no lead-in. It's just doing a standing high jump up allll the way up to 17 million viewers. Those are 1990s numbers, right there. Like, old timey Must See TV numbers. So where did everyone come from? It's not like Big Bang is the new hot show. It's been on for five years! Though, to be fair, there aren't any new hot shows. Not a single new hot show across the board. So why shouldn't a five-year-old sitcom that mocks intellect as weird and off-putting be a hit in Guy Fieri's America right now? I see no reason. Continue on, Big Bang Theory. May you one day reach Friendsian, 20 million-plus high of that show's last five seasons. You're almost there. [Entertainment Weekly]