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Looking
Intertitle of the HBO series Looking.png
Genre Comedy-drama
Created by Michael Lannan
Based on Lorimer 
by Michael Lannan
Starring
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 14 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Kat Landsberg
Editor(s)
  • Jonathan Alberts
  • Andrew Dickler
Cinematography
  • Reed Morano (season 1)
  • Xavier Pérez Grobet (season 2)
Camera setup Single
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Fair Harbor Productions
Broadcast
Original channel HBO
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Audio format Surround
Original run January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) – present
External links
Website

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.

The series was renewed by HBO for a second season, with production resuming in the second half of 2014. The second season premiered on January 11, 2015.

Premise[edit]

Patrick Murray, a 29 year-old video game designer, lives in San Francisco with his friends—aspiring chef Dom and artist's assistant Agustín. Things in Patrick's life are complicated upon meeting Mission barber Richie and the arrival of his new boss, the attractive, but partnered Kevin. Dom pursues his goal of opening his own restaurant with the support of his roommate, Doris, and the unexpected help of the successful and older San Francisco entrepreneur Lynn. Agustín struggles domesticating with his long-term boyfriend Frank and his stalling art career. The three men navigate life, relationships, family, and careers in modern-day San Francisco.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Scott Bakula as Lynn, an entrepreneur who strikes a connection with Dom[4]
  • O. T. Fagbenle[5] as Frank, Agustín's long term boyfriend (Season 1)
  • Andrew Law[5] as Owen, Patrick's co-worker
  • Ptolemy Slocum as Hugo, Dom's co-worker
  • Joseph Williamson as Jon, Kevin's boyfriend
  • Daniel Franzese as Eddie,[9] Agustin's love interest who volunteers at a homeless shelter for LGBT youth (season 2)
  • Chris Perfetti as Brady[10] Richie's boyfriend. (season 2)
  • Bashir Salahuddin as Malik, Doris's love interest[10] (season 2)

Production[edit]

HBO ordered an eight-episode first season of Looking on May 14, 2013.[11] 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.[12] The first season premiered on January 19, 2014.[5][13][14]

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 Nick Hall, director of comedy for HBO, 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".[15]

On February 26, 2014, HBO announced that Looking was renewed for a second season.[16][17] The second season premiered on January 11, 2015.[18]

Episodes[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 January 19, 2014 (2014-01-19) March 9, 2014 (2014-03-09)
2 10[19] January 11, 2015 (2015-01-11) March 22, 2015 (2015-03-22)[20]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Looking has received generally positive reviews from critics. Review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes reports that 89% of critics gave the first season 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."[21] On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season holds an average of 73% based on 27 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[22] The second season received an aggregate score of 77% on Metacritic and 88% on Rotten Tomatoes.[23][24]

Since Looking was announced it 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"[25] 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."[26]

Keith Uhlich, writing for the BBC, opined that Looking "is one of the most revolutionary depictions of gay life ever on TV – and that’s because it makes it totally ordinary."[27]

Ratings[edit]

Looking was reported to have debuted to a "slow" start by Variety with a premiere audience of 338,000, although it went on to gain an audience of 606,000 when the encore's ratings were included.[28] However, ratings improved as the season progressed. Ratings reached a series high in the sixth episode, attracting 519,000 viewers.[29] Up by 50% compared to the premiere episode.[30] As of February 23, 2014, Looking has averaged 2 million weekly viewers.[29]

Accolades[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2014 Critics' Choice Television Award Best Guest Performer in a Comedy Series Lauren Weedman Nominated
NALIP Award Lupe Award for Breakthrough Performance Raúl Castillo Won
Imagen Award Best Actor Raúl Castillo Nominated
Best Supporting Actor Frankie J. Álvarez Nominated
Gold Derby TV Award Best Comedy Actor Jonathan Groff Nominated
EWwy Award Best Actor in a Comedy Series Jonathan Groff Nominated
OUT100 TV Show of the Year Jonathan Groff
Murray Bartlett
Russell Tovey
Won
Attitude Awards TV Show of the Year Looking Won
NewNowNext Awards Best New Television Series Looking Won
Best New Television Actor Jonathan Groff Won
2015 Dorian Awards LGBTQ TV Show of the Year Looking Nominated
Unsung TV Show of the Year Looking Nominated
TV Director of the Year Andrew Haigh Nominated
Artios Awards Outstanding Achievement in Casting for a Television Pilot Comedy Carmen Cuba
Nina Henninger
Bernard Telsey
Wittney Horton
Abbie Brady-Dalton
Nominated
GLAAD Media Award Outstanding Comedy Series Looking Pending
Screen Nation Film and Television Awards Male Performance in TV O. T. Fagbenle Pending

Broadcast[edit]

Looking premiered on HBO Canada at the same time as the United States, with Australia's Showcase premiering the series on January 20, 2014.[31] In New Zealand, SoHo premiered the series on January 23, 2014.[32] Sky Atlantic in the United Kingdom and Ireland premiered it on January 27, 2014,[33] opening to 0.067 million viewers, with the highest rated episode attracting 0.129 million for episode three.[34] The second season will premiere on February 5, 2015.[35] The series premiered on May 6, 2014 on M-Net in South Africa.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "About Looking". Retrieved October 26, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Goldberg, Lesley (February 8, 2013). "'Glee's' Jonathan Groff to Star in HBO Comedy Pilot (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Frankie J. Álvarez". Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (August 23, 2013). "Scott Bakula Joins HBO's Michael Lannan Dramedy Series, Now Titled 'Looking'". Deadline.com. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Bibel, Sara (December 13, 2013). "New Drama 'Looking' to Premiere January 19 on HBO". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved December 13, 2013. 
  6. ^ Abramovitch, Seth (August 29, 2013). "Russell Tovey Joins Gay-Themed HBO Dramedy 'Looking'". The Hollywood Reporter. 
  7. ^ Castillo, Raúl (January 30, 2015). A look at HBO’s ‘Looking’ with Raúl Castillo. Interview with Janet Mock. So Popular!. msnbc. New York. 
  8. ^ "Q&A with Raúl Castillo". Answers.com. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mean Girls' Daniel Franzese Lands Looking Role — Who Will He Court?". TVLine. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b "Looking Finds Season 2 Gigs for Crossbones Co-Star, Late Night Comic". TVLine. Retrieved August 30, 2014. 
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (May 14, 2013). "Michael Lannan & Andrew Haigh’s Gay Friends Dramedy Gets Series Order At HBO". Deadline Hollywood. 
  12. ^ "Mission restaurant becomes set for new HBO series 'Looking'". Oakland, CA: KTVU-TV. October 22, 2013. Retrieved January 24, 2014. 
  13. ^ "HBO Sets Debut Dates For ‘True Detective’, ‘Looking’ & ‘Girls’ Season 3". Deadline Hollywood. October 16, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ausiello, Michael (October 16, 2013). "HBO Announces Dates for Girls Season 3, Jonathan Groff's Gay Dramedy Looking". TV Line. 
  15. ^ Hernandez, Greg (February 19, 2014). "Creator of HBO's Looking hopeful the gay dramedy will get a second season". Gay Star News. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  16. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 26, 2014). "'Looking' Renewed for Second Season by HBO". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  17. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (February 26, 2014). "HBO Renews Dramedy ‘Looking’ for Season 2". Variety. Retrieved March 21, 2014. 
  18. ^ Lash, Jolie (November 6, 2014). "'Looking' Second Season Premiere Date". AccessHollywood. Retrieved November 24, 2014. 
  19. ^ "'Girls', 'Togetherness' & 'Looking' Premiere Dates Set On HBO". Deadline.com. November 6, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  20. ^ "Schedule results for "Looking"". HBO. Retrieved December 20, 2014. 
  21. ^ "Looking". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  22. ^ "TV Show Releases by Score". Metacritic. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  23. ^ "Looking: Season 2". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  24. ^ "TV Show Releases by Score". Metacritic. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  25. ^ VanDerWerff, Todd (January 17, 2014). "Looking reaches beyond simply being "the gay Girls"". The AV Club. 
  26. ^ "Jonathan Groff & Raul Castillo: Is Looking The New Sex & The City?". Access Hollywood. January 16, 2014. Retrieved February 26, 2014. 
  27. ^ BBC:"Looking: A new way to break a TV taboo"
  28. ^ "HBO’s ‘Looking’ Off to Slow Start; ‘True Detective’ Down Vs. Football". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  29. ^ a b O'Connell, Michael (February 25, 2014). "TV Ratings: HBO's 'True Detective' Is Averaging 10.9 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  30. ^ "HBO’s ‘True Detective,’ ‘Looking’ Uncover Series Highs Sunday". Variety. Retrieved February 25, 2014. 
  31. ^ "'Looking': EP1 Looking for Now". Showcase. 
  32. ^ GayNZ.com Daily News staff (January 19, 2014). "New gay show coming to Sky's SoHo". GayNZ.com. 
  33. ^ Drewett, Meg (December 16, 2013). "Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey's Looking gets UK airdate". Digital Spy. 
  34. ^ "Weekly Top 10". BARB. Retrieved January 12, 2015. 
  35. ^ Munn, Patrick (January 21, 2015). "Sky Atlantic Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Looking’ Season 2". TV Wise. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 

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