HBO Series "Looking," Starring Jonathan Groff, Renewed for Second Season

By Adam Hetrick
26 Feb 2014

Jonathan Groff
Jonathan Groff
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HBO has picked up a second season of the Michael Lannan ensemble series "Looking," which stars Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff as a young gay man navigating life and love in San Francisco, according to Deadline.com.

Ratings for the half-hour series continue to grow. It has attracted over two million viewers since its Jan. 19 premiere. The cast features Groff (Spring Awakening, "Glee," "The Normal Heart"), Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Russell Tovey, Raúl Castillo and Scott Bakula.

"Looking" airs Sunday nights at 10:30 PM/ET. Two more episodes, scheduled to air March 2 and March 9, remain in the first season. 

According to HBO, "'Looking' offers up the unfiltered experiences of three close friends living - and loving - in modern-day San Francisco. Friendship may bind them, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey: Patrick (Groff) is the 29-year-old video game designer getting back into the dating world in the wake of his ex's engagement; aspiring artist Agustín (Alvarez), 31, is questioning the idea of monogamy amid a move to domesticate with his boyfriend; and the group's oldest member - longtime waiter Dom (Bartlett), 39 - is facing middle age with romantic and professional dreams still unfulfilled.



"The trio's stories intertwine and unspool dramatically as they search for happiness and intimacy in an age of unparalleled choices - and rights - for gay men. Also important to the 'Looking' mix is the progressive, unpredictable, sexually open culture of the Bay Area, with real San Francisco locations serving as a backdrop for the group's lives. Rounding out the 'Looking' world are a bevy of dynamic gay men including Kevin (Tovey), Lynn (Bakula), and Richie (Castillo), as well as a wide-range of supporting characters like Dom's roommate Doris (Lauren Weedman), Agustín's boyfriend Frank (O.T. Fagbenle), and Patrick's co-worker Owen (Andrew Law)."

Groff spoke about the series in a previous interview with Playbill.com. "Looking," he said, "takes place in modern day [and concerns] a bunch of gay guys … It's sort of a slice-of-life kind of TV show that hopefully will be breaking some ground potentially in that there hasn't been a show like this on TV in a long while, about gay men just living their lives in today's world. I think the goal of the show and the purpose of this show is to illustrate the complexities and realities of the modern-day gay experience, which is a lot of things."

Read the full interview here.

Andrew Haigh, who directs the series, produces along with Sarah Condon and David Marshall Grant