We keep getting closer and closer to the premiere of Looking on HBO January 19, and HBO just put out a spot meant to introduce us to the characters of the show. We get to hear from Reed Morano, Andrew Haigh, Jonathan Groff, Frankie Alvarez and Murray Bartlett about what’s driving their characters and the tone of the show. There’s even a bonus moment of footage here with local favorite Andrew Keenan-Bolger if you look closely.
It’s incredibly refreshing to see a show about gay characters just be about their living their lives. There don’t appear to be any old tropes in this: no coming out, no HIV diagnosis, no family drama, just a group of gay friends who are looking for love and their place in the world. The stories are about love, work, and knowing who you are as you go through the phases of life.
While I was initially concerned that HBO had only ordered eight episodes for the first season, which is short and odd even for premium cable, hearing Andrew Haigh talk about needing to find actors that can go through four or five seasons of the show is very reassuring.