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CBS pulls ‘Partners,’ its only new comedy

CBS announced Friday a rebroadcast of the “Two and a Half Men” episode guest starring Michael Bolton as himself will air on Monday, Nov. 19 at 8:30 p.m. — the network’s way of letting us know “Partners” is joining “Made In Jersey” in the land of Nice Try But No Thanks.

UPDATE: Word circulated late Friday ABC has decided not to order the so-called “back nine” episodes on dramas “Last Resort” and “666 Park Avenue.”


Brandon Routh, Michael Urie, David Krumholtz and Sophia Bush on “Partners.” (Matt Kennedy/CBS)

CBS knew when it moved “Two and a Half Men” to Thursday nights — a very successful move for that night — it stood a good chance of taking a ratings hit of some kind on Mondays, but couldn’t tolerate the numbers “Partners” had been coughing up.

No word when “Friend Me,” CBS’s on-the-bench comedy, will be put into action. Originally “Friend Me” was going to be about two 20-something guys who move from the Midwest to Los Angeles to work for Groupon.

But, of course this month that company reported missing third quarter revenue estimates, causing its stock to tumble, and the company reportedly has lost more than 80 percent of its value since its IPO about a year ago — which would make “Friend Me” a drama series, and a tragedy at that.

These days Reporters Who Cover Television are focusing on the two guys moving to L.A. to start “new jobs.”

Meanwhile, “Last Resort” is the latest show to try, and fail, to break ABC’s curse in the Thursday 8 p.m. timeslot — even though it was created by one of TV-industry’s current It Boys, Shawn Ryan, and starred Andre Braugher.

“Last Resort” — hero U.S. submarine commander goes rogue and refuses to fire nuclear weapons when so ordered, instead opting to beat it to tropical island — gets re-classified under Thursday at 8 on ABC flotsam and jetsam, joining such heady fare as “FlashForward,” “Charlie’s Angeles” and “My Generation” — okay, the “Charlie’s Angels’ reboot was just bad. Really bad.

“666 Park,” meanwhile, couldn’t make enough noise to survive Sunday football, though it starred “Lost” vet Terry O’Quinn and ABC Repertory vixen Vanessa Williams, playing demonic superintendant-and-spouse of cursed a high-end apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

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