The sexual tension between characters played by Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey in HBO’s new series Looking (we’ve seen a few episodes and it’s terrific) is enough to knock us off the love seat. The premium cable network has just released a new and longer trailer (above) for the dramedy and it’ll undoubtedly have gay viewers marking their calendars for the January 19 premiere.
Groff appealingly plays Patrick, one of a trio of friends (the others are Frankie Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) trying to navigate the challenging gay dating pool in San Francisco, who develops a “will-they-or-won’t-they” relationship with his supervisor (British heartthrob Tovey — don’t you just wanna tug on those ears?).
“I asked out my boss while straddling a torpedo,” Groff laments to a friend.
Looking‘s relatable characters, believable dialogue and often-awkward situations (Andrew Haigh, director of the hit gay romance Weekend, is a behind-the-scenes talent) combine to create what is surely one of the most authentic representations of queer life yet depicted on the small screen.
Watching these previews leaves me with a very Liz Lemon feeling about myself:
“How Sex and the City are we right now? I’m Samantha, you’re Charlotte, and Liz, you’re the lady at home who watches it.”
Hmm… They’re already calling it “terrific” even though they have yet to see a single episode.
I’d watch Russell Tovey and his wonderful ears in anything.
“(we’ve seen a few episodes and it’s terrific)”
With San Francisco as a backdrop, I would watch it no matter what. Now there’s a love affair.
I don’t think Looking will succeed. Like other shows of a similar nature, their big mistake is to think that being a gay man automatically makes you interesting.
Spare me this nonsense. Some of the dullest men I know are gay men.
Will they hook up? Oh yes, that’s TOTALLY what I’m interested in when watching a televised serial on gay life. Will they HOOK UP. Not will they develop a lasting, intriguing connection that transcends the boundaries of modern romance. Nope, I just want to know when they’ll do it in the glory hole stall of the gay bar on Market Street.
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