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Gay HBO Drama 'Looking' Starring Jonathan Groff Starts Shooting in San Francisco: VIDEO


San Francisco is buzzing about the gay HBO drama Looking, which stars Jonathan Groff, Russell Tovey, Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, and Scott Bakula, and just started shooting in that city. The series, which follows the lives of a group of gay men in the city on the bay, is directed by Weekend's Andrew Haigh.

Watch a behind-the-scenes look at the start of shooting, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. I hope it turns out good, writing, acting.

    Posted by: Matt27 | Sep 24, 2013 9:30:23 AM

  2. Good! As one guy said in the story, it's about time. Besides, I love Johnathan Groff and will check out anything he appears in. We need more real time, honest gay story lines on television, hopefully if this is successful network TV might take notice and follow suit.

    Posted by: Bob R | Sep 24, 2013 9:36:28 AM

  3. "Weekend" was wonderful so I'm looking forward to this.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Sep 24, 2013 9:39:00 AM

  4. Let's hope it's better than Girls!

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 24, 2013 9:59:59 AM

  5. But, why San Francisco?

    Posted by: jamal49 | Sep 24, 2013 10:06:03 AM

  6. @jamal49
    Where would you have it? Detroit?

    Posted by: Jamie | Sep 24, 2013 10:10:02 AM

  7. The writing better be damn good. Chandler Massey should make a guest appearance also, just because :o)

    Posted by: Larry | Sep 24, 2013 10:21:36 AM

  8. @Crispy,

    Considering how low the bar has been placed thanks to the horrid "Girls", it can only be better. But I do hope it is great.

    Posted by: Phoenix Justice | Sep 24, 2013 10:36:41 AM

  9. I hope it is true to life and explains how the three friends can afford to live in San Francisco. Rents were already high, and with the new tech boom have become obscene. Evictions have become more and more common to make way for tenants with new, and more expensive, leases. There are many places in the United States with great gay communities these days- you don't have to move to San Francisco to find happiness.

    Posted by: Eric | Sep 24, 2013 10:54:54 AM

  10. What Eric said.

    Posted by: David C. | Sep 24, 2013 11:07:05 AM

  11. I believe the main characters are successful video game developers... so that's probably how they can afford to live in San Francisco.

    Posted by: crispy | Sep 24, 2013 11:18:19 AM

  12. They put out a cattle call for 20s/30s men with a military look as extras. Also, hipsters. And gay hipsters. Not sure how I feel about it but should be better TV than Real World, which is also shooting here right now.

    Posted by: SLK in SF | Sep 24, 2013 11:27:29 AM

  13. What did SF ever do to any of you? Oh, it kept your heart, didn't it?

    Posted by: toddx | Sep 24, 2013 11:29:20 AM

  14. Or you can move to San Francisco and find amazing happiness. This weekend is Folsom Street Fair AND the Now and Zen Concert with the goo goo dolls performing free in golden gate park. The following weekend is the Castro Street Fair AND Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in Golden Golden Gate Park with Bonnie Raitt and Steve Martin performing for Free! I'm sure gays can find happiness in Orange County,CA or Mississippi but few places beat San Francisco for food,beauty,weather and FUN! Look forward to seeing my neighborhood on film. :) Now if they could just get Cheyenne Jackson to do a JO scene it would be a perfect movie! lol

    Posted by: SFshawn | Sep 24, 2013 11:42:42 AM

  15. Hmm, color me curious! HBO does good stuff. When does this premiere?

    Posted by: Lucas H | Sep 24, 2013 11:49:41 AM

  16. Interesting that Scott Bakula may (not sure) be playing another gay character. He was looking FINE at the Emmy's, too. And at 56 y/o. Yum.

    Posted by: AriesMatt | Sep 24, 2013 12:35:19 PM

  17. It's a hslf-hour series expected to premiere in 2014.

    Posted by: GregV | Sep 24, 2013 12:36:13 PM

  18. If one were interested in, say, stalking someone in the production, no names but his initials could be Russell Tovey, could one find out where they were filming in the City?

    Posted by: Kyle | Sep 24, 2013 12:41:25 PM

  19. Seriously. No one here is buzzing about this.

    Posted by: Wilson | Sep 24, 2013 1:50:48 PM

  20. SFSHAWN, you said it best. There is no better place for a gay person to live in the USA than in SF. (not that everyone can afford it, but that's how it goes.....)

    Posted by: TonyJazz | Sep 24, 2013 1:57:29 PM

  21. Why are the shows always about 20-30 something year old gays? Gays always speak on homophobia, but the gay community is the biggest discriminator when it comes to AGE!!! It's as if you become invisible after your 30's!!!!! Shame on you gay community!!!!

    And for the record, Atlanta has a thriving gay community where transgender people are readily accepted!!!!

    Posted by: NOT REAL LIFE | Sep 24, 2013 3:30:22 PM

  22. @SFSHAWN - You were doing good until you had to be a "typical gay perv" and throw in sex! That's why the straight community doesn't like you, they think you're all pervs!!!!

    Posted by: NOT REAL LIFE | Sep 24, 2013 3:32:41 PM

  23. One more gay project for Scott Bakula and he has to marry me.

    Posted by: Jerry | Sep 24, 2013 3:54:25 PM

  24. I absolutely adore Russell Tovey, both as a talented actor who seems to excel in quirky roles (my favorite), and as a really sweet guy who'd give you the shirt off his back if you needed it.

    If he's in a production of any sort, I'll give it a shot. Tovey and Groff are also both cutie pies either of whom I would NOT be able to meet in person without stuttering and drooling on myself. (I don't do twitter but I check in on Russell's feed from time to time, just for the occasional cute pics of him and his french bulldog. Yes I know I'm a sap. Don't hate.)

    Have to say, it is quite nice that ACTUAL gay guys are in these roles.

    Posted by: sparks | Sep 24, 2013 4:32:11 PM

  25. If a Martian landed on Earth and sat down and watched all the gay films and TV series ever made, he would no doubt conclude that all gay men die before they are 40, since the characters in all these films and TV shows are inevitably under 40 and, 90% of the time, under 30.

    Oh, and that they all had gym-toned bodies and were more attractive than 98% of the human race.

    LOL (wistfully).

    Posted by: Rick | Sep 24, 2013 4:43:04 PM

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