Creator of HBO’s Looking hopeful the gay dramedy will get a second season

Mike Lannan tells Gay Star News: 'We're thinking about (stories) in preparation of getting picked up but we can't really work on it until we get that signal'

Creator of HBO’s Looking hopeful the gay dramedy will get a second season
19 February 2014

HBO’s Looking, a dramedy about three gay best friends nagivating life and love in present day San Francisco, will air the sixth of its eight episodes on Sunday (23 February).

The show’s creator, Mike Lannan, tells Gay Star News he’s very hopeful there will be a second season of the show which has had far lower ratings than its lead-in show, Girls.

‘I’m really hopeful. HBO has been really supportive of the show from the beginning and they’ve been really proud of it,’ Lannan said Tuesday (18 February) after a special Writers Guild of America panel on the show in Los Angeles.

Lannan has all kinds of ideas for further adventures of central characters Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustin (Frankie J Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett).

‘We’re thinking about it in preparation of getting picked up but we can’t really work on it until we get that signal,’ he said. ‘It could be any time – it could be in the next few weeks.’

The show’s premiere episode last month drew 338,000 viewers on its first airing which was a dramatic fall from the 779,000 viewers that its lead-in, Girls, had.

Nick Hall, the HBO executive behind the show, tells GSN that there is a bigger picture to be considered than simply first night ratings.

‘When places are reporting numbers they do it in a very archaic way which is only reporting the initial one airing audience,’ said Fall, director of comedy for HBO.

‘For us we look at it for the week, we look at it On Demand, we look at HBO Go. Each of the episodes, they are cuming nicely.’

‘I don’t think anybody went into this show expecting it was going to have like large numbers,’ Fall adds. ‘Each of our shows that we do are kind of designed to meet certain expectations.’

‘Of course you always want your show to be seen by as many people as possible but I do think it’s been really critically revered and it’s a show that people are talking about in a good way.’

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available

Pride in a hostile environment

A film about pride in Latvia, and the state of World Pride in London, both lead Linda Wilkinson to conclude that the visibility such events brings is vital
No thumbnail available

Lesbian bride who Fox News mistook for a man speaks out

'Yes, I'm aware I look like a dude,' Stephanie Figarelle says, adding she is so thankful to have a loving, supportive wife
No thumbnail available

NZ teen warns gays after 'sickening' attack

An 18-year-old pop performer was 'kicked and punched' by three men in a homophobic attack in Auckland
No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

Iceland: magic island of fire and ice

Sapphire waters fed by hot springs and a sapphic prime minister are why LGBT people go to Iceland
No thumbnail available

Billie Jean King to be outspoken at Olympics in Russia despite anti-gay propaganda law

'I'm definitely going to give my opinion.  But I hope we have lots of security'
No thumbnail available

Olympic officials say Russia's anti-gay laws won't impact Olympians or spectators

'The IOC has received assurances from the highest level of government in Russia that the legislation will not affect those attending or taking part in the Games'
No thumbnail available

Queens Park Rangers sign player banned for homophobic chant

Controversial signing comes after club asks fans to avoid discriminatory or inflammatory language
No thumbnail available

Turkey gay teen murdered by family

A Turkish gay teen is reported to have been murdered by his father and uncles for 'shaming' the family, who then attempted to cover up the incident
No thumbnail available

Swiss Greens pushing for gay marriage and tax equality

The Green Liberal Party of Switzerland put forward a parliamentary initiative on Tuesday which would allow same-sex couples to marry in the face of efforts by the country’s Christian Democrats to ban same-sex marriage while treating gay and straight couples the same for tax purposes