A new HBO television series began filming in San Francisco this week, according to the mayor’s office.

“Looking,” a show about three gay men in San Francisco starring Frankie Alvarez, Murray Bartlett and Jonathan Groff, will complete filming in the city in November for its first season on the popular cable channel, Mayor Ed Lee announced.

Producers of the series signed a lease for stage and office space in the city’s Mission District, according to Lee’s office.

HBO filmed the show’s pilot in April after previously filming “Hemingway & Gellhorn,” a film starring Nicole Kidman and Clive Owen, in 2011, according to Lee’s office.

“I am thrilled to have HBO return to San Francisco,” the mayor said in a statement. “Productions like this help showcase our world-class city to the world.”

HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said the show “is as much about San Francisco as it is about the characters” and said “we are thrilled to be shooting in the city.”

Dan McMenamin, Bay City News

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  • Sofia Quisenberry

    Oh! That’s great. It only suggests that the place has great potential for film making. And that would be beneficial to the locals of San Francisco. It would surely improve their tourism industry.
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