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'Looking' Back: Episode 10, 'Looking For Results'

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I'm still sort of baffled by folks who are continuing to be let down by the show's pace. I actually thought last week's episode was uncharacteristically dynamic. But for those who are still somehow inexplicably waiting for Looking to pump some adrenaline into its soft, cinematic rhythm, I hate to break it to you, but tonight's installment feels like much more of a return to season one form.

It was a return in a much more literal sense as well. Episode two of Looking's sophomore season saw the boys back to San Francisco, and back to the complexities of their current situations. 

See more thoughts from tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 9, 'Looking For the Promised Land'

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Well, we're back! Looking's second season landed on HBO with a weekend woodsy getaway and a raging woodland dance party.

It was an interesting choice to start this season outside the show’s usual San Francisco-metro setting. It was a little jarring to see the boys out in the woods instead of on the San Francisco streets, and that added to the unsettling feeling of not being entirely sure what’s going on in the characters’ lives since we last left them. As a viewer, the disorienting effect successfully made me feel as unsteady as Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Dom and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) each do at this point in their lives.

See more thoughts from tonight’s episode and share your own, AFTER THE JUMP

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Towleroad Interview: 'Looking' Creator Michael Lannan

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BY BOBBY HANKINSON

If you were hooked on HBO's dramedy Looking by the end of its first season, you should be excited for its return, Sunday at 10 p.m. Eastern. The first few episodes of the sophomore season build on the rich character study established last year and have a fresh, playful ease.

Of course, you still can't compare the San Francisco-based show to some faster moving fare, like ABC's breakneck How To Get Away With Murder. Looking has maintained the leisurely pace and subtle sensibilities that endeared it to fans of director Andrew Haigh's Weekend -- and may have turned off some viewers that gave up on the show before last season's high-water mark, episode five, "Looking For the Future."

A bit more unburdened from the early expectations the show faced before its premiere, everything about season two feels more confident. Looking's commitment to its characters continues to bear fruit this year, extending from the excellent chemistry between the show's primary trio -- Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) -- to stand-out secondary characters like Doris (Lauren Weedman) and new addition Eddie (Daniel Franzese).

We spoke to Looking creator Michael Lannan about working on the show and what to expect from season two.

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Towleroad: There’s been an overwhelming amount of response to the show since it was first announced. What’s surprised you most about the reaction the show’s received?

Michael Lannan: I think it’s been really awesome and surprising to see how many people have written about it. There’s been such an incredible positive reaction that it resonated with people. I think there were many people who didn't like the show who also wrote about it, and that’s awesome too, because the worst is people not having any opinion about you. It’s been really awesome. It feels like we touched on something that’s very personal to a lot of people. One of our executives at HBO was like, 'Wow, people really take this show personally in a way that most shows aren’t taken,' which I think is really exciting. It feels like we’ve touched on something that matters and is sensitive to people, and that’s cool. I love that.

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HBO's 'Looking' Pulls the Curtain Off Season 2 with New Behind-the-Scenes Clips: VIDEOS

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Two new clips from Andrew Haigh, Michael Lannan, and the filmmakers behind HBO's Looking take us behind the second season of the San Francisco-based drama starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, Murray Bartlett, Raul Castillo, and Russell Tovey which premieres on January 11.

FranzeseBackstage clips offer glimpses of on-set goofiness, kissing between co-stars, drinking in the wilderness, and interviews with Groff, Haigh, Bartlett, Tovey, Lannan, Alvarez, and Castillo.

Lauren Weedman's Doris becomes a bigger part of season 2 and finds (an apparently well-hung) love interest.

Says Haigh: "The fans should expect us going further, digging deeper. It's the show but bigger."

Check it out, AFTER THE JUMP...

Earlier this week we also showed you the colorful Season 2 teaser. Watch it HERE. And back in September we posted 17 on-set photos from Season 2's set. Check em out HERE.

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'Looking' Back: Episode 8, 'Looking Glass' - RECAP

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Count me among those who initially were unimpressed with Looking, but have really fallen for its charms. After the first four episodes left me wanting for more excitement and tension, the final stretch of the freshman season has me fully invested and loving (almost all) the characters.

Episode five, "Looking For the Future" was the turning point. By zooming in on Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo), we got to spend enough time to better understand how all their little character quirks and nuances came together in aggregate. If only we had similar time with the other characters. It makes me want to view this first, short season as almost like a prequel miniseries for what I'm hoping is an extended second season

Tonight's finale, titled "Looking Glass," certainly contained a few unexpected twists (and one expectedly adorable butt), ending the eight-episode run on a high note. 

Discuss the season finale and read our thoughts, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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'Looking' Back: Episode 7, 'Looking For A Plus-One'

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In case you missed the news, despite the initial low ratings, Looking has been renewed for a second season. The announcement comes on the heels of ratings increases and creative peaks for the series. The show's slow start rubbed some viewers (including me) the wrong way, but since the brilliant fifth episodeLooking has been on an upswing.

More exciting than just the idea of more episodes is the promise of more screen time with Raúl Castillo's Richie, Lauren Weedman's Doris and Russell Tovey's Kevin. All three have been promoted to series regulars for next season. They've added some much needed charm (and humor) to the cast, and, when the core trio skirts the edges of insufferableness they've kept the show from becoming too serious. I'm eager to see their roles expand, particularly the consistently hilarious Doris.

Tonight's episode was another strong showing. Discuss what worked (and what didn't) AFTER THE JUMP ...

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