HBO has released the second trailer for upcoming gay dramedy Looking, based on a short from the show’s creator Michael Lannan. The series will star Jonathan Groff (Glee), Murray Bartlett (All My Children), and Frankie Alvarez (Smash) as three friends living in San Francisco trying to find both personal happiness and professional fulfillment while navigating the social mores of the 2013 gay community. Executive producing Looking will be Sarah Condon (Bored to Death) and Andrew Haigh, the director of acclaimed romantic drama Weekend who will be helming the first episode before joining the project for the full first season.
As expected, you get a much better view of the tone of the show and the content they’ll be depicting from the longer trailer, as well as the behind the scenes set visit that was also released. The show most closely resembles a warmer Girls, which is good news considering that the two will be airing together come January. Though they do have some similarities, in that they focus on young urbanites looking to find their way in an ever-changing world, Looking seems to target broader issues through the lens of its subculture, particularly aging in a community that puts infinite value on youth and appearance, in addition to the talk about career, love, and self that it shares with Girls.
In addition to Groff, Bartlett, and Alvarez, Looking is set to feature appearances from Russell Tovey (Being Human) as a video game wunderkind and Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age) as a well-known entrepreneur and one of the pillars of his community.
Will you be watching Looking? From the preview material that has been released thus far, do you think the show has what it takes to become the Next Great Gay Show? Is Looking going to be a better pairing with Girls than Enlightened was?