The show will wrap up with an end-of-series special, according to a statement released by HBO:
“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.”
The move marks a rare early-run cancelation by HBO, which often lets modestly performing titles continue for years. Looking ran for two seasons and 18 episodes, with its second-season finale airing Sunday night. No word yet from HBO when the special will air or whether it will be longer than the show’s usual 30-minute running time.
Fans of the show have launched a petition drive asking HBO to renew “Looking” for a third season.
“Looking is a breakthrough show that provided one of the most honest and refreshing portrayals of modern gay culture,” read’s the petition’s author. ”Looking features story-lines and characters that depict the real emotional complexity of people living with HIV, and tackles tough issues like transgender homelessness. It truly is like nothing else on TV.”
As of press time, the petition is less than 1000 signatures short of its 50K goal.
Top image – HBO “Looking” cast members (from left) Frankie J. Alvarez), Jonathan Groff and Murray Bartlett.