“Looking” Renewed For Second Season; Russell Tovey And Raul Castillo To Be Series Regulars

LookingHappy news! HBO isn’t the love-’em-and-leave-’em type. The progressive cable network has announced plans to continue its relationship with the zeitgeist-y, gay-themed dramedy Looking for a second season.

The series about a group of ethnically-diverse gay friends in San Francisco debuted to mostly strong reviews, but initially struggled for ratings when it premiered in January to 338,000 viewers. After dividing much of the LGBT communities into two very vocal corners — “I love it” or the whiny “The show doesn’t reflect my life and should be canceled” — the February 23 episode scored the series’ highest ratings yet with 519,000 viewers watching. Like many other HBO series, Looking has drawn its greatest audience in gross views, which includes original broadcasts, replays, On Demand and HBO Go. Combing all outlets, the series is being seen by approximately two million viewers each week. Take that, haters!

To its credit, HBO has a long history of supporting unconventional, cleverly-written shows from very creative people, such as creators Michael Lannan and Andrew Haigh. And if you haven’t seen Haigh’s brilliant gay romance Weekend, you need to take a long lunch break and watch it on Netflix right now.

In addition to the second season pick-up, actors Raul Castillo (Richie), Russell Tovey (Kevin) and Lauren Weedman (Doris), have been bumped up to series regular status. Production for season two is scheduled to begin later this year in San Francisco.