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'Looking's O-T Fagbenle: HBO series looks 'beyond people's sexual preferences'

There's a lot resting on the shoulders of "Looking," HBO's new series about three gay friends navigating life in San Francisco. The show, starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett, has, because of its subject matter alone, been given the mantle of being the new gay show. But as star O-T Fagbenle tells Zap2it the show hopes to look beyond its characters sexuality and, instead, examine them as humans. Fagbenle stars as Frank, Augistin's (Alvarez) boyfriend who convinces him to move in to his Oakland apartment. In anticipation of the show's debut, on Sunday (Jan. 19), we spoke with the actor about a wide range of topics including those pesky "Girls" comparisons, the aforementioned pressure placed on the show and whether we should be worried about poor Frank. (Slight spoiler: Augustin doesn't seem too into the domestic life.) What follows is our full Q-and-A with Fagbenle. Zap2it: Congratulations on the big Los Angeles... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/lookings-o-t-fagbenle-hbo-series-looks-beyond-peoples-sexual-preferences.html

'Looking': Jonathan Groff and cast shoot down 'Girls' comparisons, reminisce about San Francisco

brightcove.createExperiences(); As "Looking" nears its Sunday (Jan. 19) premiere on HBO, the series, which follows a group of gay friends as they navigate life in San Francisco, has garnered plenty of comparisons to that other HBO series about a group of friends in an iconic city: "Girls.""I think the cool thing about the comparisons to 'Girls' or 'Queer as Folk' or 'Sex and the City' is that there's maybe an audience crossover. If you liked those shows, chances are you might like our show," Jonathan Groff, who stars as Patrick, tells Zap2it at "Looking's" Los Angeles premiere. "But the writing and tone and style are very different, and I think once people see the show and they start to see a couple of episodes and get, sort of, what we're trying to express, they'll understand it's sort of a whole thing unto itself.""I think people need something to relate it to, so they just... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/looking-jonathan-groff-and-cast-shoot-down-girls-comparisons-reminisce-about-san-francisco.html

'Looking': Scott Bakula reveals the show's hidden 'Nash Bridges' connection

brightcove.createExperiences(); Between "Quantum Leap," "Chuck" and "Men of a Certain Age," Scott Bakula is something of a TV legend. It's always a pleasure when he turns up in a new series, but the last place we expected him to show up was in "Looking," HBO's new series about gay life in San Francisco. That said, when his character, Lynn, arrives, it's a something of an unexpected treat. In fact, it's one the show wants to protect fiercely, Bakula tells Zap2it. "They [the producers] don't me to talk about when I show up or who I show up with ...They're gonna let it be a surprise," Bakula says, speaking on the red carpet at the "Looking" premiere on Wednesday (Jan. 15). "But yes, the first scene was a first in a lot of ways -- for me."When Bakula agreed to the role, he did so before that surprising first scene was even written. In fact,... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2014/01/looking-scott-bakula-reveals-the-shows-hidden-nash-bridges-connection.html

HBO's Looking Isn't "The Gay Girls" — It's Better

  From the very moment HBO's new series Looking begins (Sunday, 10:30/9:30c), it's clear that its hero is at a turning point in his life. We get our first glimpse of Patrick ( Jonathan Groff ) as he's soliciting a sex act in a park. And Looking doesn't shy away from the realistically awkward fumbles ("Cold hands!") before Patrick's phone interrupts and it becomes obvious just....   //www.tvguide.com/News/_television/genres/hbo-Looking-Preview-1076146.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Looking Season 1 Premiere 2014 “Looking for Now”

Looking  Season 1 Episode 1 “Looking for Now” airs Sunday January 19 (9:30-10:00 p.m.) on HBO. Episode Synopsis : Looking Season 1 Episode 1 “Looking for Now” – After a park-cruising experiment is derailed by a phone call, 29-year-old video-game designer Patrick (Jonathan Groff) meets up with his best friends, roommate Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez), 31, and Dom (Murray Bartlett), 39, to discuss the impending wedding of his ex. The next morning, Agusti­n agrees to move in with his boyfriend, Frank (O-T Fagbenle), in Oakland, though he wonders if domesticating is the right move. Dom, who’s been a waiter at the same restaurant for years, tells his roommate, Doris (Lauren Weedman), that he’s thinking of reconnecting with old flame Ethan (Derek Ray), who has a successful real-estate career. Later, Patrick meets up with OkCupid date Benjamin (Matt Wilkas); after the date goes south, Patrick is chatted up on the Muni by Richie (Raul Castillo), a cute barber who also works the door at a Latin drag club in the Mission. Read More... //www.tvequals.com/2014/01/19/looking-season-1-premiere-2014-looking-for-now/