Looking has run its course at HBO.
The critically acclaimed series will not be returning for a third season, the network announced today. Instead, HBO has given the greenlight to a one-off finale special, which promises to give closure to fans of the series.
Created by Michael Lannan, Looking revolves around three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men. The half-hour series stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett.
“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 said in as statement. “We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans.”
The decision to cancel Looking comes after the series, which was considered a critical hit, failed to really connect with HBO’s subscriber base. The most recent season has been averaging close to 300 000 viewers, considerably less than other half hour entry’s such as Girls and Veep.
This marks the second time in the past year that HBO has ordered a special to close out a well received but low rated series; the did the same thing with the Stephen Merchant fronted Hello Ladies. The finale special of Looking is expected to air on HBO in 2016.