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Actors Jonathan Groff and Raul Castillo Hit the Folsom Street Fair + 15 More 'Looking' Set PHOTOS


Andrew Haigh, the creator of HBO's Looking, Instagrammed this adorable photo of actors Raul Castillo and Jonathan Groff from the streets of San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair yesterday, where the cast was spending a bit more time. Looking has been shooting its second season since late August in and around the Bay area.

Fans of the show will remember a few pivotal scenes from the show last year for which Groff donned some leather.

Castillo, who recently joined Instagram, posted a photo from the Fair as well, with the caption, "Folsom Street Fair 2014. Check."

Several new actors have joined the cast this season including Mean Girls star Daniel Franzese, Crossbones' Chris Perfetti and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon's Bashir Salahuddin.

Check out 15 more Instagram photos from the set and around town shot by the cast, crew and fans, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Russell Tovey, Jonathan Groff And Murray Bartlett Watched The Emmys Together, Without Bitterness: PHOTO


Some of the lads from HBO's Looking got together for a little Emmy viewing party last night (as you do) and were notably upbeat despite the fact that their show did not receive any nods from Emmy voters. Looking's creator Andrew Haigh (who also wrote and directed Weekend) shared the above image on Instagram with the caption: "Watching the Emmys (without bitterness)."

Looking will be back for a second season, though filming has not yet begun.

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


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'


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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'Looking' Back: Episode 6, 'Looking In the Mirror'


At this point, you're either on board with Looking, or you're not. The last few weeks have inspired spirited debate about the show's success, but, with six episodes aired and two remaining this season, there's little time to change minds. If you're still not sold on Looking's understated touch, you know it by now.

The show's writers and actors have been combating criticism that the show is 'boring.' As someone who initially found the series boring myself, I have to say that the last two installments have won me over. Last week's intimate adventure with Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) was exceptional, and it showed what this series is capable of at its best. This week's episode, "Looking In the Mirror," brought Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez) back into view. While not as developed as Patrick's story, the other guys' plots are at least progressing, further introducing complications into Agustín's and Dom's lives.

Let's unpack the latest developments and chat about the most recent episode, 

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'Looking' Back: Episode 5, 'Looking For the Future'


It's a shame so many viewers have seemingly abandoned Looking just when the series is finding its footing. Tonight's episode, "Looking For the Future," was easily the show's strongest yet, and an excellent showcase of Looking's potential.

Perhaps related, it's also the episode closest in style to Andrew Haigh's Weekend. "Looking For the Future" may draw similar comparisons to Before Sunrise, as it followed Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and Richie (Raúl Castillo) on a daylong, romantic get-to-know-you throughout the city. The result was 30 incredibly intimate minutes that invited viewers to get to know these characters a lot deeper.

Here's hoping the final three episodes are similarly engaging. With HBO seemingly clearing house, including the cancellation of two other underperforming dramedies after one season apiece, it's not exactly looking great for Looking's season two.

See what it was about "Looking For the Future" that makes me long for more, as well as a look behind the scenes of tonight's episode, AFTER THE JUMP ...

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