HBO entered the world of queer serial drama with Looking, the angst-soaked, sexually-liberated, drama about a group of gay men living and loving in San Francisco. And like so many gay men in San Francisco, Looking came in and out of our lives and we don’t feel entirely satisfied. There is still something missing. (Missing great queer serialized drama? Check out Logo’s Cucumber & Banana.)
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The show was cancelled after two seasons, but all is not lost for fans of the show: HBO announced that they are bringing the cast back for a final 2-hour movie, which will film later this year.
Until that hits TV screens, there are plenty of places to catch up with the cast members…
Groff (Patrick) is a busy boy these days. Although he could spend his days lounging on a mattress stuffed with cash he’s making from being the voice of “Kristoff” in Frozen, Groff has returned to his roots in live theater. He performed in a one-night-only, concert-style production of How To Succeed In Business Without Really Trying in London, and our sources confirm, Groff will come back to ‘Murica and return to Broadway to play the supporting role of King George in Hamilton, opening July 13 at the Richard Rogers Theater. Groff played the role earlier this year off-Broadway, when the show ran for a few months to great critical acclaim. Hamilton is going to be a big deal, y’all. Everybody in the NYC musical theatre world is talking about it. Cher saw it, and it made her cry, so that’s all the endorsement that we need. Get your tickets now.
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Alvarez (Agustín) is bouncing all around TV shows these days, making appearances in such shows as Madam Secretary, The Good Wife, and Law and Order: SVU. We can barely contain our jealousy over his chance to be on the set of SVU, in the same room as Mariska Hargitay and perhaps shake her hand, the same hand that touched Christopher Meloni once upon a time.
Daniel Franzese (Eddie), who will live in our hearts forever as “too gay too function” gay high schooler “Damian” in Mean Girls, is quite the YouTube celeb: he has his own channel, as well as makes appearances in videos by friends including song parodies by Adrian Anchondo and Todrick Hall. His YouTube success means he probably has more fans than all of the rest of the cast combined, so hopefully he’s making some money somehow. Franzese also writes a column for Attitude, the excellent U.K.-based gay men’s magazine, in which he shares his thoughts about life, body image, Christianity, and other such musings.
Fagbenle (Frank) landed the starring role in the BBC crime thriller The Interceptor, which will launch sometime later in 2015. Clips of Fagbenle’s handsome rugged mug appear on this “teaser trailer” for the upcoming TV shows, which also include all the British shows like Strictly Come Dancing and The Voice that were brought over here and are now the backbone of the American TV lineup. We in America make nothing for ourselves anymore. What happened to our country? Thanks Obama. J/k.
Things aren’t looking as good for Russell Tovey (Kevin). Not only was Looking cancelled, but he was also in a BBC show, Banished, that got the ax. Not that the LGBT community is terribly concerned either way about Tovey’s career after he made some unfortunate comments praising his own masculinity as being superior to “effeminate” gays. Not nice. There are lots of actors with sexy swagger like Ms. Tovey, but are also not dicks, so we’ll just, y’know, go look at them instead and not worry about it.
We have loved Murray Bartlett (Dom) since his turn on Sex And The City as Oliver, the gay shoe distributor who took Carrie to the nightclub where you needed a key to get in, but then ignored her all night so she left and went home to Aiden. (It was a very memorable episode!) Alas, reps for DILF Bartlett did not return requests for comment on his whereabouts, but we imagine he is somewhere lounging by a swimming pool, adorned with nothing but nylon short-shorts and hickeys from men half his age. Of course, if we knew where he is, we could make ourselves available to help him comb his perfect moustache. And of course, perhaps that is why he is hiding from us. Regardless, we wish him the best.
Weedman (Doris) generally stole every scene in Looking that gave her screen time, thanks to a quick wit and high-octane personality. She has toured the U.S. performing solo shows, which are a mix of stand-up comedy/story-telling/random music interludes, and are branded as “improv” but seem to be more “saying whatever pops into her head in the moment.” She most recently closed her solo show The People’s Republic of Portland in Portland, Ore., after stops in Philadelphia, Indianapolis, Albequerque, and list goes on. Having developed a loyal base of gay fans, if she takes an aggressive approach with her on-stage persona, she could be the next Kathy Griffin.
Speaking of theatre: Raúl Castillo (Richie), a well-known regular in the Chicago theatre scene, wrote the play Between You, Me & the Lampshade, which just closed at the rather fancy Victory Gardens Theatre in the Windy City.