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First Teaser for Jonathan Groff Gay HBO Drama 'Looking': VIDEO


HBO has dropped the first teaser for the highly-anticipated upcoming gay drama Looking starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett about "three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men."

The show was created by Michael Lannan and executive produced by Andrew Haigh (Weekend) and Sarah Condon (Bored to Death).Special guest stars on the show include Russell Tovey and Scott Bakula.

Enjoy a peek at the show through its title letters, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. Is Scott Bakula gay? He does so many gay and gay-friendly roles that I always expect him to show up in anything American with a remotely queer bent (if I may put it so).

    Posted by: Chaz | Nov 11, 2013 7:38:17 AM

  2. Well done. But a ridiculously brief and unprovocative TEASER is right. HBO is certainly not on the cutting edge like it once was . . .

    Posted by: Mike | Nov 11, 2013 7:48:46 AM

  3. At the very least, he's the Neil Patrick Harris of the UK. He's as talented an actor as has been seen in a generation. His History Boys costars have either attained Hollywood careers or roles on Broadway, including a Tony. His voice was edited from the US version of the animated film Pirates, only to be replaced by nobody, Anton Yelchin. He seemingly owns British T.V. & yet he is considered "dead" here in the US.? Why is Russell Tovey reduced to a project clearly beneath him?

    Posted by: mikeflower | Nov 11, 2013 8:11:27 AM

  4. It's a little weird they're using the "scenes in the title letters" effect in the trailer, since that was just used by the gay indie "I Want Your Love" trailer not long ago. I'm not saying they're ripping them off since there's obviously no patent on that device, but it's a little strange since these are the only two trailers I've seen in the last couple of years that use that effect, and they're both for similarly themed gay projects.

    Posted by: bobbyjoe | Nov 11, 2013 8:28:35 AM

  5. Where are the blacks?..

    Posted by: Ankerich | Nov 11, 2013 9:07:04 AM

  6. Where are the disabled? Where are the little people? Where are the Swedish? And they don't portray anyone living in an iron lung. We must include every category, always. We can't just let creators tell their story the way they choose.

    Posted by: Ken | Nov 11, 2013 9:12:09 AM

  7. Did they just hide the gay because I didn't see it.

    Posted by: RayJacksonMS | Nov 11, 2013 9:18:19 AM

  8. Queer as Folk?

    Posted by: David C. | Nov 11, 2013 9:33:11 AM

  9. Oh good, the show is brave enough to reinforce the masculine, white gay as the face and goal of the gay community. yaaaaay

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 11, 2013 9:34:28 AM

  10. @Ken, you racist, some of us are black, we like seeing our race on all forms of media as well, and we would if you could stop helping racism.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Nov 11, 2013 9:35:21 AM

  11. ::Insert whiney comment here::

    you people are hilarious

    Posted by: Reality | Nov 11, 2013 9:43:58 AM

  12. Ken, I'm offended that you capitalized "Swedish" but left "little people" in lower case. A swipe, no doubt.

    Posted by: mike | Nov 11, 2013 10:14:51 AM

  13. Lol Ken! And Fenrox, some of us are black too and are tired of having random black characters that look out of place on frigging shows that would not nec have them hanging out together!

    If this is supposed to be some docu realistic show and puts black characters for no reason then because they are black and then have them talk with a southern accent while snapping their fingers, I don't know how Fenrox you can see that as a good thing?!

    But if it's fantasy like Glee or showy drama lite like CSI, then by all means, SCREAM away!!!

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 11, 2013 10:22:37 AM

  14. David.C

    I hope you make these same comments when you see ANOTHER cop drama on frigging TV. There are NO gay shows on TV but yet you compare this to a dated show from the 90's? Really?

    Gravity!? Urgh, not another Star Wars!

    Posted by: Rowan | Nov 11, 2013 10:24:57 AM

  15. As a gay black man I have yet to see another, outside of "Six Feet Under" , who was not a Sambo of black gay men. It is clear that that the white gay world of entertainment thinks very little of me. I am there to make the other white men look better or not there at all. Even gay porn is all white unless it is making a stereotype of my penis.

    I love your this blog and unlike some others I find it very color blind. But that show has nothing to do with me as a gay person. Only white young, socially good looking gay men need apply. Gay community what a joke that is when you are still sitting in the back of the bus.

    Posted by: CraigR. | Nov 11, 2013 10:45:52 AM

  16. Good-looking "A" gays in an all-too gay friendly city. Where's the challenge...where's the new spin? At least QAF had the audacity to be set in Pittsburgh. And what about us not-so-great looking, socially awkward, regular-guy gays who are trying to find love as well. We have stories to be told and may be far more identifiable than most of what's out there. I guess I better start writing....

    Posted by: BuckeyeWxGuy | Nov 11, 2013 11:06:44 AM

  17. What do you mean by "dropped"? Was it so offensive that they stopped using it?

    Posted by: Bryan | Nov 11, 2013 12:23:08 PM

  18. Really? Every show that resembles you in some way (in this case, gay) has to resemble you in others? WTF? I'm not young or A-list-looking, but I'll still give this a shot because HBO has a good track record, and because the track record of gay-centric shows is far too slim overall.

    But NONE of the shows I currently watch, nor many of the movies I go to see have anything to do with me or my traits or my persona or ME. They are entertainment and I watch for entirely other reasons than "relating to" them.

    It would almost be mildly insulting to suggest we check out a gay-centric show just because we are gay ... except this is, of course, a gay-centric site.

    What is the POINT anyway of complaining there are no gay shows with black cast members when there are very few shows of any kind with black cast members? (And now that I look at that factor, just two of the five series I follow feature black cast members prominently.)

    Posted by: Zlick | Nov 11, 2013 12:41:22 PM

  19. So I watched it and swore that one of the guys looked black but honestly with the stylized teaser, I wasn't sure. Everyone meet O.T. Fagbenle, O.T. meet a bunch of crazy people.

    Posted by: Dean | Nov 11, 2013 12:56:20 PM

  20. Scott Bakula isn't gay but he's very gay supportive and is very comfortable around gay people.

    Posted by: db | Nov 11, 2013 1:10:05 PM

  21. Hey CRAIGR, check out the comedy Brooklyn Nine Nine. In the show, the precinct is in charge of a stoic masculine gay black man. He mentions his struggles to become Captain as he outed himself early in his career. It is a comedy, but this is a new character that breaks most stereotypes. And Andre Brughar is a great actor in the role.

    Posted by: 604brian | Nov 11, 2013 2:32:43 PM

  22. Oh to be white and squared-jawed in the gay American world.

    Posted by: Felix | Nov 11, 2013 3:09:46 PM

  23. CRAIGR. you are welcome to create your own TV show. Please do.

    Posted by: UGH | Nov 11, 2013 3:17:26 PM

  24. Square jawed lol : ) so true

    Posted by: cdubois | Nov 11, 2013 6:18:52 PM

  25. Oh, the things for which I could use Russell Tovey's ears!! Baby! Love them ears.

    Posted by: GreatLakeSailor | Nov 11, 2013 6:52:24 PM

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