One of the plus sides of attending the bi-annual Television Critics Association Press Tour is you often get a chance to talk to executives and other people who may not be as easily accessible.
Case in point, HBO President Michael Lombardo took to the stage yesterday at the Summer Press Tour, held in Beverly Hills at the Beverly Hilton, in his executive session and I was compelled to ask about HBO’s decision to wrap the beloved “Looking” and the status of when we might see the wrap-up film.
Jim Halterman: Regarding "Looking," can you talk about the decision to give it kind of a send‑off movie instead of just canceling it outright? What's the production and air date?
Michael Lombardo: You know, that show was, on a personal level, very painful for me. I thought the show creatively was really doing something that I hadn’t seen on any other show dealing with — particularly with gay lives. I — as a gay man in particular, I was very proud that there was a show that felt like it was dealing honestly and openly with gay men and their lives without putting them into a comedic mode.
In any event, I think the numbers didn't support us going forward in terms of the viewership. At the same time, I felt that the fans - and there were intense fans - really wanted to find some finality to the storylines. They have written a movie, two‑hour finale - finale - it's hardly a finale, but they wanted to wrap up the storytelling for the characters. And I think that will be on the first half of next year.
What do you think? Are you excited for the "Looking" movie? (I am!)
Catch up on “Looking” right here on XFINITY TV.
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