“It’s San Francisco. It shouldn’t be so hard to meet cool people in this town.”
So says Patrick (Jonathan Groff of Boss and Glee fame) at the start of the new trailer for HBO’s upcoming gay romantic comedy Looking. And from the scenes that follow, it appears as though Patrick and his pals — the about-to-turn-40 Dom (Murray Bartlett) and partnered-but-“curious” Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) — will be kissing frogs and hoping for princes while grappling with their own idiosyncrasies and insecurities.
Initially, it appeared to my eyes that Looking (premiering Jan. 19 at 10:30/9:30c) was a late ’70s/early ’80s-set show, until Groff’s character dropped this line: “Instagram filters have ruined everything, and I can’t tell if this guy’s hot or not.” (Maybe it was that retro sign for Esta Noche lounge that misled me?)
Nevertheless, the wistful, witty tone of the trailer — set to St. Lucia’s “All Eyes on You” — has me thisclose to a series-recording committment on my DVR.
Check out the trailer below, then weigh in on whether you’ll be checking out Looking.