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Jeff Astrof on Keeping Shabbos and 'Partners'

CBS has enough confidence in its newest sitcom to give it a prime spot in its Monday night lineup, sandwiched between two hits, “How I Met Your Mother” and “2 Broke Girls.” That show, “Partners,” is premiering September 24 and is about two childhood friends navigating adult relationships.

Joe (David Krumholtz) and Louis (Michael Urie) are partners in an architectural firm they talked about since they were kids. Now grown up, Joe has a steady girl, Ali Landau (Sophia Bush), while Louis has a steady boy, Wyatt (Brandon Routh).

The show is largely based on the lives of its two co-creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, whose friendship and partnership (they created “Will & Grace”) survived quite nicely, thank you very much.

Jeff Astrof is the show’s co-executive producer and one of the few Sabbath observant comedy writers in television. He spoke to the Forward’s Curt Schleier about Jewish characters on TV, and how a reform Jew from Long Island started wearing a kippa.

Curt Schleier: Your bio says you make funny shul announcements. Can you start us off with one?

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