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HBO renews gay dramedy Looking for a second season – adds Russell Tovey as regular

HBO renews gay dramedy Looking for a second season – adds Russell Tovey as regular

Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey in Looking

With ratings on the rise, HBO confirmed today that it has renewed the gay dramedy Looking for a second season.

In addition, the pay cable channel has elevated recurring cast members Russell Tovey (Kevin) Lauren Weedman (Doris) and Raúl Castillo (Richie) to series regulars.

The series stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three gay best friends navigating life and love in modern-day San Francisco.

Six of season one’s episodes have aired with the most recent episode achieving a series high of 519,000 viewers on its initial airing.

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.

The show’s creator, Mike Lannan, told Gay Star News last week that he was very hopeful there will be a second season of the show.

‘HBO has been really supportive of the show from the beginning and they’ve been really proud of it,’ he said after a special Writers Guild of America panel on the show in Los Angeles.

Nick Hall, the HBO executive behind the show, told GSN at the same event: ‘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.’