"Looking" fans are clamoring on social media, urging HBO execs to bring back the dramedy about three gay men looking for love in San Francisco just hours after the cable network announced the program would not return for a third season.

HBO announced Wednesday that "Looking" was canceled and not renewed for a third season, despite it being adored by critics (though ratings said otherwise). HBO did, however, also mention that it would wrap up the series with a "special," which many believe will be a TV movie.

"After two years of following Patrick and his tight-knit group of friends as they explored San Francisco in search of love and lasting relationships, HBO will present the final chapter of their journey as a special," HBO said in a statement. "We look forward to sharing this adventure with the shows loyal fans."

Fans of "Looking" have taken matters into their own hands and website Care2 has launched a petition to bring the show back.

The petition reads:

"Looking" is a breakthrough show that provided one of the most honest and refreshing portrayals of modern gay culture. Looking features story-lines and characters that depict the real emotional complexity of people living with HIV, and tackles tough issues like transgender homelessness. It truly is like nothing else on TV.

To some fans of the show, it is the truest representation of themselves on TV; for others, it is a rare opportunity to see characters that remind them of their friends, loved ones and fellow community-members.

HBO has a history of taking risks for the sake of artistic expression and producers around the world look to HBO as a trendsetter.

The petition asks for 9,000 signatures and as of this writing, more than 8,800 people have signed it. Click here to sign it.

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