Tuesday, May 17, 2016

'Looking: The Movie' to Premiere July 23 on HBO

I wanted another season or was happy with the way it (abruptly) ended on an ambiguous note, but I will definitely be tuning in. The description is somewhat unexpected: 
Patrick (Jonathan Groff) “returns to San Francisco for the first time in almost a year to celebrate a momentous event with his old friends. In the process, he must face the unresolved relationships he left behind and make difficult choices about what’s important to him.”
The same men behind the series, executive producers Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannan, penned the script, with Haigh also serving as director.

TVLine recalls that HBO canceled "Looking" last year after two low-rated seasons, but network president Michael Lombardo cushioned the blow by immediately commissioning a standalone movie to tie up all the series’ loose ends. “There were some fans that really wanted to find [closure] with the storylines, [and the writers] wanted to wrap up storytelling for the characters,” said the exec, who viewed Looking as a passion project. “I thought the show, creatively, was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show, particularly dealing with gay lives. As a gay man, in particular, I was very proud that there was a show that felt like it was dealing very honestly and openly with gay men and their lives, without putting them into a comedic mode.”

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