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When Looking debuted on HBO in 2014 it was hailed as the network’s first gay TV show. A serious drama that portrayed the relationships between a group of gay men in San Francisco realistically, it attracted both elation and criticism, before being cancelled after two seasons on account of poor ratings.

Sensing that many would be disappointed, HBO promised to tie up all the loose ends in a spin-off feature-length special, and a trailer released yesterday (June 20) is our first chance to see if they’ve managed it.

First of all, the boys are all present and correct. Jonathan Groff takes a break from his Tony-nominated turn as King George III in Hamilton to return as Patrick, who’s returning to San Francisco for a wedding after moving to Colorado. Also present are his friends Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustín (Frankie J. Alvarez), not to mention his ex-boss and love interest Kevin (Russell Tovey), and other ex Richie (Raúl Castillo).

The girls too – well, girl: Lauren Weedman plays Dom’s wise-cracking best friend Doris. The ’80s TV stars, however, may only be half out in force: while we spotted Cagney & Lacey‘s Tyne Daly in the trailer, there was no sign of Quantum Leap‘s Scott Bakula, who plays entrepreneur Lynn.

Here it is:

Overall the signs that this wrap-up will do the series justice are looking good (geddit?). It’s co-written and directed by executive producer Andrew Haigh, whose films include Weekend, a highly acclaimed romantic drama about a short-lived love affair starring Downton Abbey‘s Tom Cullen and theater actor Chris New, and the award-winning 45 Years, starring Charlotte Rampling and Tom Courtenay.

Looking: The Movie is set to air on HBO this July 23.

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.