According to The Hollywood Reporter, Being Human alum Russell Tovey has signed on for a recurring role on upcoming HBO dramedy Looking. He’s set to play Kevin, a co-worker of lead character Patrick and someone who has achieved great success in the video game industry at a relatively young age.
From Michael Lannan (Lorimer), Sarah Condon (Bored to Death), and Andrew Haigh (Weekend), Looking tells the story of three gay friends in the Castro community of San Francisco as they look for love, fun times, and personal fulfillment. Acclaimed director Haigh is set to helm the pilot and will join the series as an executive producer thereafter.
In addition to his role on the BBC supernatural drama, where he played werewolf George for four series, Tovey has appeared on the likes of Him & Her, Gavin & Stacey, and The Job Lot. This will be the first major American television role for the actor, who joins a cast that included Jonathan Groff (Boss), Frankie J. Alvarez (Smash), and Murray Bartlett (All My Children). Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age) recently joined the cast in a recurring role as an entrepreneur and pillar of the Castro community.
HBO has three comedies ordered to series that should see their debut next calendar year – Looking; Getting On, about three nurses working in a geriatric extended-care wing of a hospital; and Togetherness, where two couples live under the same roof. With scheduling holes in January (following the cancellation of Enlightened), April (with the uncertain future of Family Tree), and September (as Eastbound & Down will see its final season this fall), it’s all a matter of when each new show finishes production and where they would be most likely to draw an audience, meaning that nightly flow might not be as important.
Production on Looking is set to begin this fall.
Will you be watching Looking? Are you excited for Tovey to make his way to American television? Who else would you like to see join the cast?