Andrew Rannells Discusses His Return to “Girls” and “American Idol” Performances Begin

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In an interview with Vulture, Andrew Rannells says Sunday’s Girls was the first time he worked on a dance number for TV. “It was cut together in such a way that you really didn’t get to see the full scope of what we learned. But I guess that’s television. I’d never done anything like that on television; I’ve done a lot of that on Broadway. But I’d never rehearsed something like that and then, to see how it’s cut, it’s like, Oh, we really didn’t get to see very much of that hard work.”

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Meanwhile, do you want to learn that dance for yourself? The choreographer has uploaded an instructional video so you can make it part of your weekend away.

In recutting mini-series The Bible for movie theaters, producers have wisely left Satan — played by an actor who just happened to bear a striking resemblance to President Obamaon the cutting room floor.

Meanwhile, Lifetime is pursuing its own Bible-themed series, as Deadline reports. The channel is turning to the producer of Hatfields & McCoys for The One, a Smallville take on Jesus, telling the story of his early years, a period that’s skipped over in the Bible. That sounds like the kind of concept that will either create patronizing treacle or a delightfully bonkers show. (The latter would be a better fit for the network that gave us The Client List and Witches of East End).

Dylan O’Brien talked with EW about getting to play out Stiles‘s dark side, ” It’s been awesome. It’s always one of those things that you’re worried about, I guess. I had fun doing it always and it’s been a blast as an actor. It’s been really cool discovering this new character and this entire other essence I get to play that’s so polar opposite from what I’ve already done on the show.”

Dylan O'BrienPlus Stiles gets to give the camera sexy, intense glares.

Rome creator Bruno Heller thinks his short-lived drama helped pave the way for Game of Thrones. “They learned a lot from a business commercial sense, what not to do. Rome was the first show HBO shot out of country with large budget that was period. The mistakes we made are the mistakes Game of Thrones learned from.” Too bad no one learned how to give Polly Walker a role as juicy as Rome‘s Atia. (Sorry, Caprica, you tried.)

Jimmy Fallon may help bring a new era to late night talk. Too bad the genre is struggling for survival. The broadcast talk shows were once vital. Now, with cable shows like The Daily Show and Conan as well as Adult Swim’s line-up, industry insiders are predicting we could see the number of broadcast talk shows shrink in the near future.

Listings

General Hospital (ABC) Check local listings
Lucas deals with Valentine’s Day rejection by commiserating with Morgan. I’d wonder why Lucas doesn’t just update his OKCupid profile but in a town like Port Charles, I see why he’d connect with Brad. How often does a gay man get to compare mob-connected parents with his date? Plus, I’m still not sure if there’s a fourth gay in Port Charles.

Parry Shen and Ryan Carnes in "General Hospital"Then again there’s still time for Felix to get mad a Brad, sending Brad back in Lucas’ arms again.

Frontline (PBS) Check local listings
With “Generation Like” Frontline examines how social media has changed how teenagers grow up (a.k.a. “those kids these days with their loud music and their ‘like’ buttons”) and how it has changed the way marketers work to manipulate the way you perceive the world.

American Idol (Fox) 8:00 PM ET
Now that Idol has (finally) its first out competitor, its time for her first performance as the 15 female finalists compete for the audience’s votes.

The Haves and Have Nots (OWN) 9:00 PM ET
Er, tonight’s episode description says that “Amanda gets revenge on the professor by sneaking into his bedroom and insulting him.” I guess you don’t go from sheltered girl of privilege to full Sheila Carter in just a few episodes. At least, Candace is also in full vengeance demon mode.

Tika Sumpter in "The Haves and the Have Nots"“I’ve got a vengeance cocktail here. It’s made of sparkling wine and the feeling of anticipating your tears.”

The Shahs of Sunset (Bravo) 9:00 PM ET
The third season of The Shahs of Sunset has been fascinating as the introduction of Sasha forced Reza to deal with issues he has clearly avoided until now. That should make for an interesting reunion special, though I’m also hoping we’ll get to hear engagement stories from Reza and Adam.

Face Off (Syfy) 9:00 PM ET
This week’s challenge should provoke the artists’ imagination as they have to create a swamp-dwelling cryptid, an animal whose existence still hasn’t been proven.

Cougar Town (TBS) 10:00 PM ET
Now that Travis‘ graduation day is almost here, Jules starts wondering what kind of job he’ll get with an art degree.

Dan Byrd in "Cougar Town"

Conan (TBS) 11:00 PM ET
Mel Brooks is on tonight’s guest-list to discuss his memories of comedy legend Sid Caesar.

The Tonight Show (NBC) 11:35 PM ET
Lady Gaga will join Jimmy for his second episode of The Tonight Show. Does she get to perform on a rooftop, too?

What will you be watching tonight? Please share in the comments!

 

Tomorrow’s Preview

Days of Our Lives (NBC) Check local listings
Sonny gives up on the exasperated eye-rolling and goes back to having screaming matches with Gabi tomorrow.

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