Bittersweet news from HBO today regarding its excellent, underrated series Looking, which concluded its second season this past Sunday. I stumped for the show earlier this week, talking about the possibility of that being a series finale, and if so, what that means for the show’s legacy (although still hoping for a third season).
But, HBO has come to a decision on the matter, and will be concluding the series with a finale special (a la Hello Ladies), instead of a third season. (And like the also critically-beloved Enlightened, it is being snatched from us long before its time!)
On the one hand, I felt like the Season 2 finale could have easily worked as a series finale. It ended on a hopeful note, although one that found Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and Dom (Murray Bartlett) either at crossroads or at the precipice of change. Still, I trust Andrew Haigh and Michael Lannan to leave us with one final look (pun quasi-intended) at these characters and where they are in their lives. And that, of course, is a very good thing.
According to THR, HBO said in a statement that,
After two years of following Patrick (Groff) 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 show’s loyal fans.
As most fan know, Looking was never a ratings hit, though that’s not always what drives HBO’s renewal decisions. But the premium network has been loading up on half-hour shows recently, and may want to make room for some other upcoming series like Danny McBride‘s Vice Principals, among others.
But the bottom line is … can HBO please release a soundtrack of all of the songs that played over the credits? Perfection on every level. Such as …