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HBO's 'Looking' canceled after two seasons

From left, Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie

From left, Murray Bartlett, Jonathan Groff and Frankie J. Alvarez in HBO's "Looking." Credit: HBO / John P. Johnson

"Looking," the HBO sophomore series about gay life in San Francisco, has been canceled, although a "final chapter" will air, the network just announced.

The statement: 

"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, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the show's loyal fans."

A surprise? Well, yes (until you look at the numbers). ... "Looking" did have a devoted fan base, and HBO also has a genuine track record -- as in, not just the usual TV "lip service" -- in supporting that which it puts on its schedule.

And "Looking" was both a risk and something of a pioneer: an ongoing series about gay relationships and a socio-comic exploration of those. (PBS/Showtime's "Tales of the City" staked out some of this territory 20 years ago.) Some suspected or hoped that it might even become a bookend series to "Girls"; it didn't work out that way.

Series lead Jonathan Groff is currently starring in the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical "Hamilton" at The Public Theater in Manhattan. No word from HBO on the ETA for the "final chapter." 


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