By Tim Stack
Updated November 21, 2014 at 03:00 PM EST
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Looking, HBO’s dramedy about three gay pals (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez, and Murray Bartlett) living in San Francisco, returns for its second season on Jan. 11. The boys, in search of some peace, are hitting the great outdoors.

“All of them have been in flux since the end of the last season, and they’ve all been doing their own thing a little bit,” explains executive producer Andrew Haigh (Weekend). “This first episode is them being determined to spend more time together and go away to Russian River, which is, like, two hours outside San Francisco. It’s this really beautiful, tranquil place along the redwoods.” But there’s no guarantee of smooth sailing. According to Haigh, “they get outdoors. They go canoeing. Things happen.” We’re guessing they run into at least one or two bears.

What else can viewers expect from Season 2? “I would say it’s certainly bigger but still true to what the show was always meant to be which is an intimate look at these people’s lives,” says Haigh.

More importantly: Which of the guys was the best at canoeing? Teases Haigh, “I would say it was probably Jonathan. He’s a man of many skills. He grew up on a farm. He always surprises me how much he can do. Frankie was not so good.”

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Three best friends (Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Álvarez, and Murray Bartlett) are looking for love in San Francisco.
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