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CBS cancels "Partners," starring openly gay actor Michael Urie

LOS ANGELES – CBS has given the ax to its freshman sitcom “Partners,” starring openly gay actor Michael Urie of “Ugly Betty” fame.

Although “Partners” debuted to respectable ratings, the audience has declined since, and CBS pulled the plug this week.

“Thanks for the love and support! Partners will always have a special place in my heart,” Urie tweeted on Friday.

In the sitcom, Urie was paired as a couple with the hunky Brandon Routh, who played the Man of Steel in “Superman Returns” (2006). Some critics noted the lack of chemistry between the two actors as well the show’s other romantic pairing of David Krumholtz and Sophia Bush.

Urie, 32, earned rave reviews for his campy role as Marc St. James on “Ugly Betty,” the hit comedy that ran on ABC from 2006 to 2010. He publicly outed himself on his website in 2009 when he called himself a member of the LGBT community, and a year later he told The Advocate that he was in a relationship with a man.

In “Partners,” Urie got top billing with Krumholtz, but some fans complained that Urie’s character wasn’t very likable and his “bromance” with Krumholtz was not very believable.

Critics had held out high hope for the new sitcom, which was helmed by openly gay Max Mutchnick and openly straight David Kohan, creators of “Will & Grace,” a groundbreaking gay sitcom that was a hit on NBC from 1998 to 2006. The show was also handed a TV legend in James Burrows, the Emmy-winning director of sitcoms such as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "Cheers" and "Friends."

Ken Williams is Editor in Chief of SDGLN. He can be reached at ken@sdgln.com, @KenSanDiego on Twitter, or by calling toll-free to 888-442-9639, ext. 713.