‘Looking’ Canceled: HBO Officially Announces Gay Dramedy Won’t Return For Third Season, See Cast Reactions & Plans For Future [PHOTO]
There is officially sad news for fans of HBO's gay dramedy series Looking, as the cable channel has official decided not to renew the show for a third season after it continued to bring in low ratings.
The news has been confirmed by TV Line that the show would not receive an order for new episodes, but the story would not be left with a cliffhanger, as the cable channel will revisit Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Dom (Murray Bartlett), Agustin (Frankie J Alvarez) and their complicated relationships in a movie which will tie the story up nicely.
"After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships," the network said in a statement. "HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans."
Rumors first began swirling on social media Wednesday night that the show wasn't getting a new season pick-up after a Facebook post quoted an email from Groff where he claimed that the show wasn't returning.
The show's cancellation, though upsetting for fans, isn't something that is overly surprising however, as it was pulling in significantly lower ratings than its Sunday night counterparts on the cable channel. The 9 p.m. slot, occupied by Girls, averaged a 0.29 overall for the season, while the 9:30 slotted Togetherness, a freshman series, averaged a 0.17. In comparison, Looking only drew an average of 0.10.
The news has been heartbreaking for members of the cast and production team, though some have expressed hope for their upcoming film.
Andrew Haigh, Michael Lannan and Russell Tovey all wrote on their Twitter accounts that they are sad to know the show is no more, but they do think the movie will be a nice way to wrap up the story the way it deserves.
Yes it's true, we'll be doing a movie instead of a third season. Thanks for all the love and support! Final chapter yet to come...
— Michael Lannan (@MichaelLannan) March 25, 2015
"Yes it's true we'll be doing a movie instead of a third season. Thanks for all the love and support! Final chapter yet to come..." Lannan wrote.
I know dudes - @LookingHBO seasons no more, but think about it - @andrewhaighfilm is gonna direct the movie? @andrewhaighfilm!!!!!!!! :-) x — russell tovey (@russelltovey) March 25, 2015
"I know dudes--@LookingHBO seasons no more, but think about it--@andrewhaighfilm is gonna direct the movie? @andrewhaighfilm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!" Tovey tweeted.
— Andrew Haigh (@andrewhaighfilm) March 25, 2015
"Sadly the rumors are true. Thanks for all the love. TV sucks. Movies rule. #LookingHBO #Looking," Haigh wrote. Daniel Franzese, who joined the show for the second season, also tweeted about the news, encouraging future shows to continue tackling important topics like the ones involving his character, who was HIV positive.
I love my @LookingHBO family and I hope we inspired other groundbreaking HIV storylines. Keep the conversations that began with #agusteddie — Daniel Franzese (@WhatsupDanny) March 25, 2015
"I love my @LookingHBO family and I hope we inspired other groundbreaking HIV storylines. Keep the conversations that began with #agusteddie," he wrote.
There have been no official details about when the movie would be released.