‘Partners’ is too broad for its own good
About the friendship between a gay and a straight man, “Partners” is ham on a shtick. It moves at the same Ritalin pace as “2 Broke Girls,” the vaudeville showcase that airs right after it. Like “The New Normal” and “Modern Family,” “Partners” wants to help move TV into relatively unconventional groupings of friends and family. But the stubbornly conventional scripts, the overfamiliar characters, and the old-fashioned, machine-gun comic timing undermine any possibility of freshness.