Is New Series “Looking” From HBO The Next Queer As Folk?
First details on HBO’s ambitious new drama Looking were unveiled today. Starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, the series is set to follow the lives, loves and friendships of three gay men, each at a different stage in his personal journey.
We’re a little hesitant to call it the next Queer as Folk, but it may be one that fans of the former groundbreaking series (both UK and US versions) will want to check out.
Check out HBO’s official press release, along with the latest promo for the series below and check back with ScreenSpy for individual episode details soon.
Press Release Fri. Dec. 13
NEW SERIES “LOOKING,” STARRING JONATHAN GROFF,
FRANKIE J. ALVAREZ AND MURRAY BARTLETT,
FROM MICHAEL LANNAN AND ANDREW HAIGH,
DEBUTS JAN. 19, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO
Patrick, Agustín and Dom are close friends living in the progressive city of San Francisco. Against the backdrop of the Bay Area, they explore the exciting and varied options available to a new generation of gay men, seeking fulfillment in love and life. From collaborators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh, the half-hour series LOOKING takes a frank look at the experiences of the three men when the show kicks off its eight-episode season SUNDAY, JAN. 19 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
The series stars Jonathan Groff (“Spring Awakening,” HBO’s upcoming “The Normal Heart”) as Patrick, along with Frankie J. Alvarez (“Smash”) as Agustín and Murray Bartlett (“August”) as Dom.
Friendship may bind the three, but each is at a markedly different point in his journey. Patrick is a 29-year old video game designer getting back into the dating world after his ex’s engagement. Though surprised by how challenging it is to find a partner, he knows he always has his friends to rely on should his efforts go astray. Agustín, 31, agrees to move in with his long-term boyfriend in Oakland, but is apprehensive about monogamy and the prospect of choosing domesticity over the energy of city life. At 39, Dom is the oldest of the group and is daunted by the success of an old flame, as well as the approach of middle age with romantic and professional goals still unfulfilled.
San Francisco is the fourth character in LOOKING, its presence intertwined with the stories of the three friends. Shot in more than 40 locations in a variety of neighborhoods, the series delves into the city beyond the Golden Gate Bridge, embracing the real San Francisco, from the expense of city living and cramped apartments to the unique natural light and rides on the Muni.
Recurring guest stars on LOOKING include Scott Bakula (HBO’s “Behind the Candelabra”; “Quantum Leap”), Russell Tovey (“The History Boys”), Lauren Weedman (“Date Night”), O-T Fagbenle (“Breaking and Entering”), Andrew Law and Raúl Castillo.