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'Looking' Back: Episode 11, 'Looking Top To Bottom'

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The third episode of Looking’s second season, “Looking Top To Bottom,” was a big step for Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Kevin (Russell Tovey), but, maybe it’s the Dutch courage talking, it wasn’t my favorite episode.

One of the series’ strengths is the chemistry between the actors. Even though characters came together (at the rugby game, at a breakfast, etc.) they still felt like they were enmeshed in separate stories playing out in proximity to one another, rather than playing off each other and adding dimension. It felt like a transition episode. Since the group started the season off all together, now they’re starting to drift off into their own complications to play out the rest of the season. We'll consider this a set-up chapeter, and hopefully we'll see more overlapping in the coming weeks.

Dive in to some more thoughts on tonight’s episode and share yours, AFTER THE JUMP

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Jonathan Groff Reveals What Turns Him on and Turns Him Off: VIDEO

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Andy Cohen took his Watch What Happens Live! audience straight into the world of Jonathan Groff's sex habits last night, revealing a few of the currently available Looking star's turn-ons and turn-offs.

Find out if Groff gets romantical for hairy men, sex on the first date, power bottoms, "Broadway queens", closeted guys, bald guys, mama's boys, gym rats, guys who aren't into marriage, and men who order for him at a restaurant.

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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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Gay Iconography: What You Said In 2014

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When I started writing Gay Iconography in late 2013, I hoped to explore why some celebrities and artists held mass appeal — not to be confused with universal appeal, mind you — within the gay community. Over time, what began as a light-hearted feature celebrating these stars with a few YouTube clips became a lightning rod of conversation and, shall we say, spirited debate.

The original premise, as stated in the early posts, was to “present a proposed iconic figure or character and then ask you to weigh in with your thoughts.” The second half of the stated mission — asking you to weigh in with your thoughts — is what’s made it most interesting for me.

This year, the first full calendar year of the column, Gay Iconography has received more than 1,300 comments (and, yes, I read them all). I thought it would be interesting to look back at lessons learned from these conversations and see if we’re any closer to recognizing what draws some of us to these cultural cornerstones.

The conversation may not have always been nuanced (and, of course, it did occasionally devolve into name-calling and flamewars like any comments section on the Internet), but there have been some surprising revelations. For example, while I had expected some controversial choices like Queen Latifah and Donna Summer to be met with criticism, and I could have anticipated younger picks like Robyn or Frank Ocean to be easily dismissed, I was still surprised to see people deny the impact of, say, Cher, Madonna or Dolly Parton. There’s always room to debate the merits of any one individual, but it seemed at times as if some folks aimed to refute the existence of a unique LGBT culture to represent at all.

However, looking back over the comments from this year, some trends do start to emerge as to what some might consider a gay icon. See some of the most prevailing ideas perpetuated in the comments and let us know if you agree, AFTER THE JUMP

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