WATCH: Get To Know The Characters Of HBO’s New Gay Series “Looking”

By now, you’ve heard all about the new HBO series Looking and how it won’t just be an awful gay ripoff of Girls or Sex and the City (thank god). Judging by the buzz a number of preview promos have managed to stir and the great reception of a mostly openly gay cast, this modern depiction of “the reality of gay sex” is shaping up to be the greatest thing since Queer as Folk.

With the official premiere only five days away, HBO has released a new promo in which you can get to know the characters you’ll surely come to love. “Casting of the show is completely critical,” says creator Michael Lannan. Director Andrew Haigh adds “you’ve got to have characters and actors that can see four or five possible seasons through…I think we’ve found the right people.”

Four or five seasons? That’s pretty ambitious, but with Jonathan Groff at the helm and a handful of other adorable gay actors (was that Andrew Keenan-Bolger we saw around 0:07?), we’d say this show has a pretty good chance of sticking around till then.

Looking premieres on HBO this Sunday, January 19 at 10:30 p.m.

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  • KDub

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz…looks like an awful gay ripoff of Girls or Sex and the City.

  • sportyguy1983

    I haven’t been impressed by any of the trailers I have seen. I have a feeling it is one season and done.

  • robirob

    Thank you queerty for the promotion of this show. I hope it becomes a big success for popular openly gay actors like Johnathan Groff and Russell Tovey.

  • Stache1

    I’m seeing a more mature Queer as folk series. Instead of drugs and clubs it’s more centered around relationships.

  • Ron Jackson

    Too much fucking facial hair! ICKY!

  • Larry

    @Ron Jackson:
    Everyone has a right to their own opinion, just as I do, but why do so many men want to be hairless and look like women or pre-pubescent boys? Men with hair ANYWHERE is hot to me.

  • SteveDenver

    Gosh, it hasn’t even aired yet and some commenters wanna crap all over it. I’ll be watching the premier AT A “LOOKING” PREMIERE PARTY. I consider it a “Welcome to the Colonies” event for Russell Tovey.

  • Spike

    Wow, and its set in SF, didn’t see that coming.

  • that_dude247

    Wrong decade for San Francisco
    Wrong century for all white

    Geez, who came up with this idea?

  • alanj

    Jeeez you lot are so judgemental- and all based on a 2min promo.
    Can’t you wait for the first couple of episodes to air?

    Good news is we’re getting it express and at 8.30pm, a lot better than the 6 month delay and graveyard timeslot for both versions of QaF. Here the promo has been more to do with the HBO pedigree, so a potential larger audience – all positive.

  • Geeker

    So it’s a bunch of pretty upper class white guys living in SF,that’s downright revolutionary!

  • Ogre Magi

    @that_dude247: Why wrong decade for San Francisco?

  • davincibarnette

    @Geeker: right! Heart be still.

  • davincibarnette

    @Ron Jackson: well you that’s very in right now, so let’s OD on it. I remember when “we” the gay community used to lead the charge in fashion, instead of following.

  • davincibarnette

    @davincibarnette: that’s annoying, no “edit” option. I meant to say, Well, you “know”…!

  • davincibarnette

    @robirob: Russell Tovey is openly gay?? That’s makes all the drooling & fantasizing I did, while he was on Being Human, UK, so much better!

  • jimbryant

    I would much rather see a show about a man who is into both men and women. They’re as rare as hens’ teeth on American TV. American liberals fear men who are attracted to both men and women.

    American liberals talk about GLBT but all they’re really interested in when it comes to male-male sexuality is the “G” part of it. They couldn’t care less about men who are attracted to both sexes. Women especially fear such men because they are very powerful men.

  • TheNewEnergyDude

    Murray’s looking *fine* in that steamroom!

    Looking forward to a new quality gay show, and HBO has a pretty good track record with quality original programming.

    Here’s to a success!

  • Stache1

    @jimbryant: Yeah, and we could call it..”guys on the down low”.

  • Tommy

    I’m just wondering will there be any African-American characters on the show, it doesn’t really look like there will be…

  • mpwaite

    It looks like the closest thing to reality that has been on Tv in a loooooooooooooooooong time concerning gay life, oh and yes, believe it or not not all gay boys are skinny and hairless; and yes, there ARE young white professional gay guys in SF.. I’m so sick of people thinking there needs to be a hispanic or black person in EVERY freakin show.. Yes, I believe in inclusivity, however, and let’s face it, there is just as much racial division in the gay community as there is in the straight community. GET OVER IT… and there is a much greater majority of gay guys who aren’t circuit queens; who actually have great jobs; with homes; are trying to date; who have great futures…

    Let’s not attack this show until at least two episodes have aired. I wish it much success!!

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