Jonathan Groff Admits He Was Bummed About “Looking” Cancellation

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HBO’s March cancellation of Looking was hardly unexpected, yet sorrowful for many of the fan’s loyal and outspoken viewers who had tracked the show’s core trio throughout the 2 season, 18-episode run of the series.

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While other similarly low-rated series on the network such as Girls and Togetherness were renewed, Looking was deemed expendable. Alas, a silver lining was presented when HBO announced that they would “present the final chapter of their journey as a special.”

2015 Point Honors Gala

“I’m bummed,” series star Jonathan Groff revealed in a new interview with Digital Spy. “I wish we could’ve done multiple seasons–because there’s just not a lot of gay TV shows, there’s not a lot of gay stories out there, so I feel like there was so much still left to cover–and within the context of our own specific characters and relationships.”


It’s true, though television has become more gay-friendly with LGBT characters sprouting up on shows like Empire, Penny Dreadful, The Flash and How To Get Away With Murder, few shows center around the lives of these characters in the way Looking had.

“I’m definitely bummed to see it go, but I’m grateful that we at least are getting a special to say goodbye to the experience, and to go back to San Francisco one last time. Oftentimes, with TV shows, they cancel it and you don’t even get to say goodbye to anyone, because it’s so sudden – so the fact that we’re getting to go back is great. But yeah, of course, I wish that we could’ve gone longer and done more seasons–full seasons.”


As for what fans can expect from the special: “I’ve gotten the basic rundown of what happens, but they’re [still] nailing out the details of the storylines. I can’t imagine with [series creator] Michael [Lannan] and [co-producer] Andrew [Haigh]–knowing them and knowing the way they work… I can’t imagine that they’re going to tie it up in a bow, because that’s just not the way that they express themselves. But I think it’ll be a nice final chapter.”

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Looking will shoot its final episode special later in 2015 with no premiere date yet locked in.