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Looking HBOJonathan Groff relieved to look ahead to second season of HBO's gay dramedy Looking
'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one'

"Looking" is an American comedy-drama television series about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. It premiered on January 19, 2014, on HBO. The series executive producers are David Marshall Grant, Sarah Condon, and Andrew Haigh Production

 
 
   
 

HBO ordered an eight-episode first season of Looking on May 14, 2013. The pilot was written by Michael Lannan, based on Lannan's 2011 short film entitled Lorimer, and directed by Andrew Haigh. Filming began in the San Francisco Bay Area on September 16, 2013, and ended on November 7, 2013. According to Lannan in a 2014 interview, out of nine writers, seven writers are gay men, and one is a woman.

Creator Michael Lannan announced in an interview in February 2014 that the writers were already thinking of new material for a second season, should it come. His comment was quickly backed up by Director of Comedy for HBO, Nick Hall, who stated that the "initial one airing audience" isn't their main goal and that they [HBO] "look at it for the week, we look at it On Demand, we look at HBO Go." and that each of the episodes were doing "nicely".

On February 26, 2014, HBO announced that Looking was renewed for a second season, slated to premiere in 2015.

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Jonathan Groff knew he had landed a dream job as one of the leads on HBO's Looking and he sure didn't want it to end with the season finale that aired last9 March.

Since ratings did not go through the roof, there was some question over whether the San Francisco gay-themed dramedy would return for a second season.

Late last month, the renewal was announced.

Looking HBO'We had been feeling anxious, nervous, excited, hopeful for a season two since the day we wrapped season one,' Groff confessed to Xfinity.com. 'There was always sort of a feeling, like a feeling that we might come back, but you never can tell, you know?'

           

He added: 'There are so many times when people say, oh, it’s a sure thing, it’s definitely going to happen, it’s definitely going to happen, but you never know until you get that official announcement. So we’re just so excited to go back to San Francisco.'

The season ended with Groff's character finding himself in a relationship with hairdresser Richie (Raul Castillo) and a connection with his boss Kevin (Russell Tovey).

'I have such crushes on both Russell and Raul so it makes the acting very easy,' said the single Groff who split last year from Star Trek actor Zachary Quinto.

He added: 'Russell’s a great kisser, are you kidding? Both Russell and Raul are great. I feel very lucky.'

Reviews

Looking has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics have given it a positive review based on 37 reviews, with an average score of 7.6/10. The site's consensus states: "Funny without being obnoxious, Looking provides authentic situations that feel universal with its subtle details and top-notch performances."On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the series holds an average of 73 based on 27 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.

Since it was announced Looking has been referred to by both the community and early critics as the "gay version" of Girls and Sex and the City. After watching the pilot critics quickly dismissed these comments saying "differences between the two series go beyond the surface(...)" and one of the show's lead actors, Jonathan Groff, went on to say that "to be in the same breath as those shows is exciting(...) but the tone and writing and the style of the show is very different. And people will notice that when they see it."

 
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