Gay HBO Series “Looking” Begins Filming In San Francisco, Locals Are Thrilled
“I’d love to write a regular column, like a gay Sex and the City,” said every gay 20-something writer in their first pitch to a major outlet.
Luckily, when HBO decided to give a certain writer with the same vision the greenlight on a primetime series, the network made an excellent choice trusting their new “gay Sex and the City“ in the hands of buzzworthy writer/director Andrew Haigh.
The new show, Looking, reportedly follows an all-gay (or gay for pay?) cast looking for love in the “City by the Bay.” Production had San Franciscans getting excited last weekend as camera crews and star actors Jonathan Groff and Russell Tovey took to the streets to begin filming the show’s pilot. As you can see in the clip below, even straight folks at KTVU are hard up for Looking because it will bring “big business” to the city.
Some onlookers had different thoughts about the new show, one even claimed it may be “past it’s time.” According to a random passerby in tinted prescription glasses and an NFL jersey, Looking is so over because “somebody should have done it a few years ago.”
But we say nay to the nay-sayers! This show sounds like it will be pretty progressive, and at least the producers are casting a wide variety of diverse gay men, including “real military men…willing to get tight, military-style haircut” and “hipsters…able to pull of Hipster vibe with your own clothes and styling.”
A gay actor starring in an HBO series about gay hipsters hooking up with military men in San Francisco? We’re sold.
No wonder that little slut Tovey is wearing a commitment band now. His bf is afraid he'll be fucking all of SanFran.
Video at link.
His boyfriend is right, get Tovey drunk and he will fuck.the first guy that flirts with him.
Anyway, really curious to see how this shown turns out. I've heard conflicting things about the pilot script. I really hope they surprise me and it manages to be good.
I hope it's good.
But nobody who lives in SF goes to Union Square.
You mean the first WHITE gay Sex and the City.
Noah's Arc did the black one.
Why can't they film it in MY city, so I can fuck Russell Tovey. Damn it to fuck!
Hopefully since Tovey and Groff are involved and are ACTUALLY gay, we can expect some good and non-exploitative storylines.
I would watch Tovey read the phone book. I love his dopey, big-eared persona. His transformation to muscleslut is almost sad to see. Check out his twitter feed for a slew of pics of him and his trainer. Who's his boyfriend, by the way?
I don't Tovey really has a type outside of vaguely "blokey".
The French bulldog is adorable, R11 R9.
Tovey goes no where without the dog, even bringing it on television. It's so contrived. He's doing those sad women who walk around with their puppies in their arm.
I, too, have male pattern baldness, r11 (though I had the common sense to buzz my head). I very much appreciate your effort to cheer me, though.
R14: "I wish Russell would tuck ME under his arm and take ME everywhere he goes."
Tovey was fucking married men at one point.
He's all into his arms. He's shown his biceps off at every given opportunity for the past ten years even when he had next to no muscle. It's like he puts his idea of masculinity into them.
He's one of these gay guys who doesn't want to be associated with "those" types of gays, you know, the really embarrassing camp ones. He's said this publicly for years.
This thing with the dog - he thinks he's being endearing, but it's all painfully contrived. He's not the brightest bulb.
He got this HBO gig thanks to Andrew Haigh.
[quote]He's one of these gay guys who doesn't want to be associated with "those" types of gays
One of the g0yim.
[quote] He's one of these gay guys who doesn't want to be associated with "those" types of gays, you know, the really embarrassing camp ones. He's said this publicly for years.
He's been rather graceless on that point. But he's fucked too many chorus boys to be anti-flamer.
[quote] He got this HBO gig thanks to Andrew Haigh.
Which was nice of Haigh considering he was rebuffed when he tried to get Tovey for WEEKEND.
Michael Lannan posts a lot of sweet photos from filming:
Tovey is just being honest, those sentiments aren't that unusual from a lot of more masculine gay dudes. I've heard many times that Tovey is a bit dim, which considering most actors aren't especially intelligent in the first place that is saying something.
Andrew Haigh has tons of good will from me based on "Weekend", Groff has said in interviews that he is heavily involved in the series, reaching past his official involvement with just directing the pilot.
The statements show a lack of self-awareness on Tovey's part. What I like about him is his mix of masculine-feminine. For example, his Essex blokiness in contrast to the little falsetto he often goes into, not to mention the fact that he cries at the drop of a hat.
Great. I can't wait for yet another cast of "gay" characters that I have nothing in common with and cannot relate to in the least.
Web series can be pretty rough - technically. I wouldn't be intimidated if I were you.
A threesome with Groff and Tovey would be ace.
I work at a major network and we're doing a reality pilot in NYC with a bunch of superhot, masculine, and DIVERSE gay guys. A couple of black dudes, couple whites, one is Latino I think. I met the guys, and they're totally hot, really cool, and have different careers. A few are ex military. If this goes the right way, it will make "Looking" and its "white upper middle class gays in an expensive city" motif look extremely dated.
Be an attractive guy in San Francisco right now and who knows, crazier things have happened.
[quote]a bunch of superhot, masculine, and DIVERSE gay guys
If they're all superhot and masculine, then they're not very diverse, now are they?
"Diversity" is more than about race, moron
How do u know u will not be able to relate to the characters, r27?
Diverse as long as they're superhot, ey?
They have filming at the Clay Park Tower. I hope they don't think they can pass off Franklin/Clay as Dolores. And SF Mary is right -- no one who lives here goes to Union Square. I'm sure the show is better than it sounds, but my expectations are low.
R32-In some ways “reality” shows are more reflective of American life than even acclaimed cable shows.
[quote]Which was nice of Haigh considering he was rebuffed when he tried to get Tovey for WEEKEND.
Oh dear R39, thankfully my life is not a bunch of bullshit drama populated by loud narcissists.
[quote]Tovey is just being honest, those sentiments aren't that unusual from a lot of more masculine gay dudes.
Oh, please, Tovey is a big queen himself. It reeks of self-loathing, and his father wanted to get him treated to cure his homosexuality. He didn't grow up in a progressive environment, and I'm sure he's carried that sentiment with him.
Tovey dropped out of school, or should I say, got kicked out. He has next to no education.
His current fuck buddy, excuse me, his committed partner, is Venezuelan.
I took no issue with Tovey until I met people close to him. They were brutally honest about his character and his behavior.
And btw, I'm not somehow calling for a boycott of this show because of him. lol
[quote]“I’d love to write a regular column, like a gay Sex and the City,” said every gay 20-something writer in their first pitch to a major outlet.
Well, that's sad (if true), since "Sex and the City" sucked.
It was a talkback for WEEKEND. I neglected to bring my tape recorder.
Tovey's agents said they weren't considering gay scripts. Later interviews with Tovey indicate that he was looking for the the "right" kind of gay role. However, I fail to see how WEEKEND wasn't considered right for him. He would have made more sense than the too-good looking guy they cast.
You think they were "too-good looking" r44??!
Tovey has little range, so I'm glad he wasn't in it. He has steered clear of gay roles for the majority of his career. He's obviously taken this one because it's American, and because it's for HBO, and because he's been lamenting that he's seen all his "History Boys" co-stars get big careers at home and abroad, and he hasn't.
Not "they". The swimming pool guy was too good looking for the dynamic with the art student to completely work, imo.
[quote] I took no issue with Tovey until I met people close to him. They were brutally honest about his character and his behavior.
Care to share more of that brutal honesty?
I meant r45 at r46
It'll be a shitty, caricature-based show abut twinky white guys. Zzzzzz.
R4 and R37 stop it. Locals go to Union Square all the time, there are swing dancing events and art shows, outdoor cinema, etc . Gimme a break please. I stroll to Union Square all the time except for today I go to Folsom Street Fair.
[quote]"white upper middle class gays in an expensive city" motif look extremely dated.
Upper middle-class whites are pretty much the only ones who can still afford to live in a city like San Francisco, so it's pretty realistic. Go to any gay area in SF and it's mostly white.
You're so right, R32. It's a good thing "NYC" isn't "an expensive city" like SF.
A new day and a new adorable photo courtesy of Michael Lannan's Instagram:
I may be the only person on DL who isn't wild for Jonathan Groff, but I do like Russell Tovey. Mostly, though, I'm optimistic because of Andrew Haigh's involvement; I thought his "Weekend" was terrific.
Interesting that many articles which mention the project call it "the gay 'Girls'" and not "the gay 'Sex and the City'" -- a sign, maybe, that the sun is fast setting on references to that saga.
As an aside and plug, Chris New, one of the leads in "Weekend" is trying to fund a (straight) film that he is to direct:
Does a leather vest look good on anyone? Very unsexy item of clothing.
R45 which of The History Boys has gone onto bigger stardom than Russell Tovey? It seems even Dominic Whathisname's career has faltered? Who else??
I'm playing opposite Meryl Sweep. My role is bigger than hers.
Queer As Folk doesn't count.
They could have thrown in a POC or a bear or something...four skinny white guys. Yawn.
Let's see--is Tovey the "Carrie/Dorothy" and Groff the "Charlotte/Rose" or vice versa? The ex soap guy must be the "Samantha/Blance" and the bearded schlubby one is probably "Miranda/Sophia".
I'll still watch to see if there is any hot sex. I hope Tovey jizzes on a trick's chest like Adam Driver did on "Girls".
I think Groff is the lead, not Tovey.
Is this guy one of the actors? If so, they have a bear.
Where is this commitment bracelet that Tovey supposedly wears?
[R65], it was toward the end of last season. He was fucking some chick doggie style, flipped her over and came on her tits. No cock, but spooge. It was a wee bit rapey, but he is so hot. (That sounds wrong, sorry)
Sorry, PeeWee -- didn't mean to offend. I just tend to stay in my neighborhood, as do my friends. The Union Square area is less interesting to me now that the Emporium's scary rooftop Ferris wheel is gone.
Plus the fact that it's always just swarming with tourists.
Yeah, R64, I think Jon is the lead as well.
I think the guy in the photo is the writer/show runner...someone jokingly commented on this photo on his Instagram "#inappropriateboss" so he is the boss in some way.