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HBO’s “Looking” Movie Gets A Release Date

"The show, creatively, was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show—particularly dealing with gay lives."

We’ll be reuniting with Patrick, Dom and Agustin this summer: HBO has announced Looking: The Movie will air Saturday, July 23.

According to the synopsis, Patrick (Jonathan Groff) “returns to San Francisco for the first time in almost a year to celebrate a momentous event with his old friends. In the process, he must face the unresolved relationships he left behind and make difficult choices about what’s important to him.”

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Groff got time off from the Broadway smash Hamilton, where he played King George, to shoot his Looking scenes.

HBO cancelled Looking last year after two low-rated seasons, but network president Michael Lombardo promised a standalone film would be forthcoming.

“There were some fans that really wanted to find [closure] with the storylines, [and the writers] wanted to wrap up storytelling for the characters,” said Lombardo. “I thought the show, creatively, was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show—particularly dealing with gay lives.”

Lombardo added that, as a gay man, he was proud there was a show “that felt like it was dealing very honestly and openly with gay men and their lives, without putting them into a comedic mode.”

Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannan wrote the screenplay for the film, with Haigh directing, as well.

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.
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