Looking Cancelled After Two Seasons, But Will Return For A One-Off Special

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With so many storylines left unresolved following Sunday’s season 2 finale, HBO announced yesterday (March 25) that Looking will be no more.

Looking, which starred Glee’s Jonathan Groff, Murray Bartlett, Frankie J Alvarez, Raul Castillo, Lauren Weedman and Russell Tovey, was a comedy-drama about a group of gay friends living in San Francisco.

HBO released the following statement: “After two years of following Patrick (Groff) and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”

While shocked and saddened at the news, especially given that the series’ creator Michael Lannan was “cautiously optimistic” about the show’s renewal prior to Sunday’s finale, fans were pleased to note that HBO was giving the show the chance for closure and a proper send off with a special. This was particularly welcome given where we left off at the end of the finale: Patrick had run to Richie (Castillo) following a fight with Kevin (Tovey); Dom (Bartlett) and Doris (Weedman) had decided they need to “break up” from their co-dependent relationship with Dom putting his energies into trying to establish his Portuguese chicken shop front and Doris giving love a chance with Malik (Bashir Salahuddin); and Agustin (Alvarez) had finally found happiness and direction for his life with Eddie (Daniel Franzese).

So many questions were raised and left unanswered in the finale that I was really looking forward to seeing how things would unfold in a third season. I wanted to know if Dom would be able to get his shop open and whether it was a success, if Agustin would start painting again, how Doris and Dom would cope living apart and definitely how the Patrick-Kevin-Richie love triangle would play out (unlike basically everyone I speak to, I’m Team Richie all the way).

What format the special will take is currently unknown, however, according to a Facebook post by Groff’s friend and author Kevin Sessums, it will be a movie.

“I had an email from my friend Jonathan Groff when I got home from my reading tonight at Books Inc. telling me that HBO announced today that it was canceling Looking but that it would film a movie of the series to air in order to wrap things up instead of leaving things hanging. This makes me sad but life – and television series – are about moving on at some point.”

With so many things to wrap up, a movie would make sense as the show’s usual 30-minute format really couldn’t do the characters and their stories justice.

There has been no word on when filming for the special will take place or when it will air.

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Clare Sidoti is 4 Your Excitement's Editor-at-Large. Clare has a BA (Theatre and Film Studies) from the University of New South Wales, Australia and an MA Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, UK. She currently works for an NGO that runs human rights training in the Asia Pacific region. You can find her on twitter with her eclectic musings on the arts, entertainment and human rights. Some of her favourite topics to cover include Darren Criss, Chris Colfer, Glee and Star Wars.
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