The new CBS sitcom Partners, from the minds of David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, starts its pilot episode with a big life moment: a proposal between two of its main characters, Joe (David Krumholtz) and Ali (Sophia Bush), which changes the dynamic between all four friends, or the “core four,” as we like to call them. But considering some sitcoms that have come before Partners on this network have taken years before they ever paid off the wedding, we had to ask the creators to weigh in with their plans week to week, as well as longer term for the season.
“It feels like just the beginning of an arc. We’re thinking of it in terms of a season, but a lot can happen!” Kohan was candid about the idea of a march down the aisle when LA TV Insider Examiner caught up with him at the Paley Center for Media’s fall television preview honoring their new show.
Mutchnick was quick to add that the shape of the series is still coming into play right now, but they are looking at other big life moments to come, too.
“We have four people that are not married,” he pointed out. “Right now, the boys have been together for three years; they talk about all of the things you talk about when you’re in a committed, long-term relationship [too].”
Despite Louis’ (Michael Urie) self-proclaimed fastidious nature (Urie himself told us his character hates to deal with anything messy), he and Wyatt (Brandon Routh) are spending some time with some babies pretty early on in the season.
“On the show that we’re filming this week they are babysitting triplets played by Nora Kohan and Rose and Evan Mutchnick,” Mutchnick revealed to us.
Whether this means the guys catch baby fever or thank their lucky stars they can’t accidentally get pregnant will remain to be seen at the end of the episode…Though, Urie also teased that the “triplets actually have a different effect than one might guess.”
But don’t expect Partners to bang through all of the potential life changes right away. Both creators admitted that the show takes some time to show off the adjustment period that simply comes from a couple getting engaged. This means that the episodes will really center on the core four, learning the ins and outs of their dynamics as friends before dealing too heavily in guest stars.
Although, true to their Will & Grace roots, Kohan and Mutchnick were already planning for a big holiday episode to introduce some family for one of their very special characters.
Per Mutchnick: “This Thanksgiving we are going home with Wyatt! Wyatt’s Mennonite, as we’ve established, and so we’re bringing all of these urban folk to Pennsylvania, and we’re having a very Mennonite Thanksgiving. We’ll be meeting some of his family then.”
If Wyatt grew up so sheltered and knows nothing about pop culture, we have to wonder just how he and Louis even met, bonded, and fell in love in the first place! We imagine at some point the show will start to explore such backstories of the characters and the relationships, but for now they are certainly using those little quirks and differences as comedic fodder in the relationships. Once again true to Will & Grace roots, this will rear its funny head during an impassioned game of “Celebrity” the guys partake in during an early episode.
Want to know more about the relationships and impending wedding? We had the cast weigh in during our video interviews, which you can check out below:
Click here for our video interview with Sophia Bush.
Click here for our video interview with David Krumholtz.
Click here for our video interview with Michael Urie.
Click here for our video interview with Brandon Routh.
Partners premieres on CBS on September 24th 2012 a 8:30 p.m. Stay tuned right here for our advance review of the pilot, coming in just a few weeks.
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