There’s bad news and good news, Looking fans! Bad news first: HBO has canceled the show, about a group of gay men (plus their straight female pal) navigating the dating world in San Francisco, after two seasons. But the good news should cheer you up: The stories of Patrick and co. are not over yet — the show will wrap up with a TV movie special before ending for good.
“After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special,” the network announced Wednesday, March 25. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”
The Looking season 2 finale ended with Patrick (Jonathan Groff) and his boss-turned-boyfriend Kevin (Russell Tovey) moving in together, only for Patrick to discover that maybe his relationship wasn’t as monogamous as he’d thought. Our hero sought solace with his ex, Richie (Raul Castillo), and the episode ended on a cliffhanger as the exes shared a sweet moment in the barber shop.
Looking isn’t the first HBO show to end with a wrap-up movie — Hello Ladies, another show about dating (this time with English comedian Stephen Merchant in Los Angeles), aired a feature-length movie a year after the first season finale to tie up loose story ends.
Take comfort in the fact that that your movie will come sooner rather than later, Looking fans — other shows have ended with films that took years to make. Firefly was canceled mid-first season in 2002, and Serenity, its sequel/wrap-up movie hit theaters in 2005. Veronica Mars ended after its third season finale in 2007, and the film wasn’t made until a successful 2013 Kickstarter campaign produced a fan-funded feature that hit theaters in 2014.
Tell Us: Will you miss Looking? Is a TV movie better than nothing or just salt in the wound?
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