Numb3rs star David Krumholtz is in final negotiations to appear in Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick’s new CBS comedy Partners.
Krumholtz will star in the multi-camera pilot which follows the codependent relationship of a straight man named Charlie (Krumholtz) and his gay best friend Louis (Michael Urie), as the two partner together in the architect business.
Building up the pilot (which is based on Kohan and Mutchnick’s own relationship), is actress Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill) and former Man of Steel Brandon Routh. Bush will play Charlie’s new fiancé, while Routh will portray Louis’s boyfriend.
Krumholtz has been away from comedy for a while, after appearing mostly in a string of drama roles – most notably as Charlie Eppes in CBS’s widely-popular mathematics drama Numb3rs. After Numb3rs’ cancellation, the odds have not been on Krumholtz’s side. After Numb3rs, Krumholtz was set to star in a Ron Howard created IRS sitcom for Fox and when the pilot failed to launch, Krumholtz landed a regular role on the NBC drama The Playboy Club, which, after producing dismal ratings, was officially cancelled after just three episodes.
Despite the recent on and off screen drama, Krumaholz has had much success in comedic roles, appearing in such films as Superbad, I Love You, Man and all three Harold and Kumar flicks. One of Krumholtz’s first recognizable comedic appearances was in The Santa Clause movies as Santa’s sullen sidekick Bernard the Elf, whose dry humor blended well with that of veteran comedian Tim Allen.
Will & Grace creators David Kohan and Max Mutchnick are also in familiar territory with Partners. The modern day odd couple style bears some resemblance to the team’s former hit series which turned out to be a great success with fans, while the pairing of Krumholtz with Ugly Betty star Michael Urie will create an interesting dynamic that will help lay the ground work for Partners to be a potential new hit.
Other familiar faces receiving comedy pilots on CBS this season include Martin Lawrence and High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale.
More on the fate of Partners and the other CBS comedy pilots this May
Source: TV Line