It's the little gay series that couldn't. Despite critical acclaim and a small but devoted fan base, Looking won't see another season, HBO has confirmed.
The network issued the following statement:
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. We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.
According to writer Kevin Sessums, series star Jonathan Groff promised a movie to "wrap things up." If you caught Sunday's season finale, those things include the Dom and Doris "break-up"; the fate of my new favorite TV couple, Agustin and Eddie; and of course the shitshow that is the Patrick-Richie-Kevin love triangle.
What really sucks is that the show and the characters really seemed to find their stride this season. And though HBO's other Sunday night comedies -- Girls (which should really be put out of its and our misery) and the all right Togetherness -- are no ratings juggernauts either, they have both been renewed.
But Togetherness is a freshman show and gets the free pass originally denied to The Comeback and unlike Girls, Looking was never considered "appointment television" nor did it have a breakout star like Lena Dunham. It was simply a very well done show that treated gay lives with maturity and honesty. And apparently there's not enough room for that on TV.
If anything, though, can someone at least throw a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in Lauren Weedman's face?