The Blend: ‘Normal Heart’ Trailer, Fox Renews ‘Brooklyn 99’ and Billy Eichner On The Street

Andre Braugher (FOX)

It's Monday so a good time to look at all the exciting entertainment news that is brewing and alert you to some highlights happening in the coming week. Let's go!

Fox renewed a group of its hit series late last week and I’m excited about each and every one of them but most happy that “Brooklyn 99” will be back for a second season. No big surprise since it’s been critically acclaimed and scored the Best Comedy Series Golden Globe (as well as Best Actor In A Comedy Series for star Andy Samberg). If you haven’t checked it out yet, dive in and watch for the fantastic performance by Andre Braugher as the out police chief the gang works under in the precinct. Braugher alone is reason enough to watch the show but, thankfully, “Brooklyn 99′ boasts one of the best ensembles currently on television. The other series renewed at “The Following,” “The Mindy Project,” and New Girljoin previously announced renewals for “Sleepy Hollow,” “Bonesand Glee.”

Of course, the first season of HBO’s Looking” aired last night so what did you think? I’ve been a fan of the entire season, as you regular readers know, so I loved where it took Patrick (Jonathan Groff), Dom (Murray Bartlett) and Agustin (Frankie J. Alvarez) and the finale set up a lot of places the show can definitely explore in season 2. I had a lot of favorite moments (come on, you just knew that Richie was going to pop back up after Patrick slept with hot boss, Kevin, right?) but I have to say when Doris (Lauren Weedman) says to Lynn (Scott Bakula) that Dom is “worth it,'” I couldn’t help but get choked up. Call me a big girl but showing true friendship and love like that just gets me every time! The one not-so-great part? We have to wait until 2015 to see new episodes!! UGH! (And, in case you missed it, Groff previewed the finale and season 2 with me last week.)

Last night, HBO aired the first trailer from it’s upcoming movie, “The Normal Heart.” Based on the powerful play of the same name by Larry Kramer, the Ryan Murphy-directed film is set to air May 24th and should not only leave us blubbering into tissue but also wow us with performances by Mark Ruffalo, Taylor Kitsch, Julia Roberts, Jim Parsons, Groff and Matt Bomer. I’m dying to see this one NOW and the just-released trailer only has me wanting it sooner than later!

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The Normal Heart is set to air on HBO on May 25, 2014 and I’ll predict now that the film will have a huge presence in this year’s Emmy Awards.

Megan Mullally, Jordan Webb, Malin Akerman (ABC)

Now, on the flipside of that, we have Megan Mullally, Florence Henderson and, yes, go-go boys on this Tuesday’s episode of “Trophy Wife.” In the episode, Kate (Malin Akerman) wants a real wedding with Pete (Bradley Whitford) since their first one was the quick courthouse variety. Mullally, who also stars with Akerman on the fabulous “Childrens Hospital,’ plays Kate’s mother in the episode while Henderson plays Pete’s. As for the go-go boys? Does anybody really care what their names are as long as they, um, do their job well? (“Trophy Wife” airs Tuesdays at 9:30 on ABC)

If you have yet to fall in love with out comedian Billy Eichner, the time is NOW! He’s been on my radar for awhile with his outrageous YouTube videos and his recent addition to NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” as Craig but it’s Funny Or Die’s Billy On The Street” on Fuse which is the must-see. Technically, the series, which starts its third season this Wednesday, is a game show with Billy doing amazing things like asking people to name three white people for a dollar or having celebs like Lena Dunham play a lightning round of questions against an ‘regular person.’ Here’s the trailer from the new season, which airs Wednesdays at 10pm on Fuse.

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The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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