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HBO series 'Looking' renewed for Season 2

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HBO's new series "Looking" has been renewed for Season 2, the cable network announced Wednesday (Feb. 26), according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The low-key dramedy has experienced ratings growth since premiering five weeks ago, with its most recent episode on Sunday drawing a series high of 519,000 viewers, up 54% from its first episode, and a total of 749,000 viewers for the night. The show is averaging 2 million weekly viewers across all platforms.

"Looking" stars Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as a group of gay friends living in San Francisco. They will be joined by Lauren Weedman, Raúl Castillo and Russell Tovey as series regulars for Season 2. Weedman has recurred as Dom's roommate Doris, Castillo plays Patrick's love interest Richie, while Tovey stars as Patrick's new boss.

"Looking's" lead-in "Girls" was previously renewed for a new season, while the critically-acclaimed anthology series "True Detective" -- which opens the Sunday night lineup -- is also expected to return for a second season.

The news comes a week after the network announced the renewal of another low-rated series, the dark comedy "Getting On," which is set in the geriatric ward of a hospital.

Production on Season 2 of "Looking" is expected to begin later this year in San Francisco for a 2015 premiere.

"Looking" continues Sunday nights at 10:30/9:30 p.m. CT on HBO.