'Looking' is not just a current-day 'Queer as Folk,' says EP Andrew Haigh

ahdrew-haigh-looking-tca-gi.jpgThe comparisons between HBO's upcoming "Looking" and "Queer as Folk" are inevitable, but the creators of the new look at gay life don't want you to think it's that simple.

I would say it's different," executive producer Andrew Haigh says Thursday (Jan. 9) at the TCA winter press tour. "I mean, I think it's very different tonally. I think it's stylistically very different. I mean, it's obviously about gay people. I think that's sort of the main ... similarity."

As creator Michael Lannan adds, it's more an issue that the reality of gay life now is quite different from the reality during the run of "Queer as Folk." "I think one of the goals of the show is what is the most contemporary way we can portray some gay characters today. 'Queer as Folk' was very much of its time, and I think 'Looking' is very much of this time, which is a bit different."

That major difference hinges on characters struggling with their homosexuality and the openness thereof (as in "QAF") and characters who have moved beyond that struggle (as in "Looking"), something star Jonathan Groff supports.

"I feel like the fact that this show is mostly characters in their 30s and 40s who aren't grappling with the fact that they're gay. All the characters are gay, but that's not the big issue in their life. They've already gone through that time in their life, so it's not like coming out stories or people dealing with the fact that they're gay," he says. "They're dealing with their relationships at work or with their friends or with their significant others ... I think because they're comfortable with their sexuality, it makes the issues of the characters more relatable because their problems are about everyday life."

"Looking" premieres on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 10:30 p.m. ET on HBO.
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