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On August 20, Andrew Rannells joins the Tony Award-winning musical, Hedwig and the Angry Inch for a limited eight-week run. He takes over for a departing Neil Patrick Harris. Rannells will don the same glitter and high heels to play the German transvestite.

Rannells was last seen on Broadway originating the role of Elder Price in 2011′s The Book of Mormon, for which he was nominated for a Tony. Check out Andrew below in the first official promo photo.

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At last Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony, Neil Patrick Harris picked up his first Tony for his show-stopping performance in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. The Broadway production also won Best Revival of a Musical, Best Performance By A Featured Actress In A Musical (Lena Hall) and Best Lighting.

With the musical doing boffo business, the originally planned limited run has been extended. Sadly, Harris isn’t sticking around for it. Find out who’s stepping into his fishnets below.

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Taking a page from the Sex and the City gals, Lena Dunham takes her hipster Brooklyn crew to the swanky Hamptons when the critically-acclaimed series returns. HBO recently released a new behind-the-scenes featurette which gives a preview of the third season. Girls returns on Sunday, January 12.

Base on the clip, we learn Hannah and Adam are happily together (for now). On the flipside, Marnie is heartbroken because Christopher Abbott left the show due to creative reasons taking his alter ego Charlie with him. As far as the other girls, Jessa is dealing with issues (quel surpris) and Shoshanna returns with her signature quirky hairstyles. For all you Elijah fans, Andrew Rannells is back on the HBO series. Hells yah!!! Check out the revealing featurette below.

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2013 Tony Awards: Watch The Performances

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It was all razzle and dazzle last night in New York City for the Tony Awards. Neil Patrick Harris returned for a fourth time to host the annual event celebrating the best on Broadway. Leading the pack was the Cyndi Lauper-Harvey Fierstein collaboration Kinky Boots which walked away with six awards, including best musical, best original score (Lauper) and best leading man (Billy Porter).

Speaking of Porter, his win was part of a historic night for African-American actors, who took three out of the four acting awards. Patina Miller and Cicely Tyson won for Pippin and The Trip to Bountiful respectively. Tyson returned to Broadway after a 30 year absence. It was the 79-year-old’s first Tony win. Not only did she look fantastic, but she delivered an elegantly poised heartwarming speech. Love this woman.

Other big winners of the night were Matilda the Musical and Pippin which won four awards apiece. Christopher Durang’s comical Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike won the best play Tony.

As you would expect, the telecast featured some amazing musical numbers. This year’s batch included ones from Motown the Musical, Bring It On The Musical, Pippin, Matilda The Musical and of course Kinky Boots to name a few. The cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella performed “Impossible.” As good as that number was, the song (for me) will forever be associated with Brandy and Whitney Houston. Loved their duet on the Disney musical from eons ago.

The highlight for me though was one that featured actors from recently canceled NBC shows performing with Harris. Andrew Rannells (The New Normal), Laura Benanti (Go On) and Megan Hilty (Smash) hilariously sang/talked about their failed Hollywood projects. Definitely a must-see. Check out all the memorable performances from last night below.

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Should NBC Keep The New Normal?

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The New Normal ended its freshman season with back-to-back episodes on Tuesday night. As expected, it signed off with David Sawyer (Justin Bartha) and Bryan Collins (Andrew Rannells) getting married and the birth of their child. Love the name they chose for their son- Sawyer Collins. It’s a combination of both their last names. They came up with it while dancing to Hootie & The Blowfish’s “Only Wanna Be With You.” I literally was grinning from ear to ear watching that scene. I embedded it and the adorable hospital delivery scene below just in case you missed it. You simply have to watch it.

The season finale perfectly illustrated what I loved about the show- pop culture references, lots of heart and a tinge of a message. Sadly though, the episode felt more like a series finale than a season one. With The Voice as a lead-in, the show averaged just under 5.0 million. When the singing competition was on hiatus, it dropped to about 2.86 million. With those kind of numbers, it’s certainly to be canceled. On NBC, it has a slight shot though, albeit very small. I’m keeping my fingers crossed.

Like most shows, it was either hit or miss. When it was ON though, I enjoyed it tremendously. I know I’m probably not alone out there. I thought it was the perfect time to ask our readers what their thoughts were on The New Normal. Love it or hate it, I want to hear your opinion and why.

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Logo recently announced the nominees for their annual NewNowNext Awards. Now in its sixth year, this highly praised and always unpredictable telecast is one big party that grants the gay stamp of approval to pop culture icons and trendsetters as well as stars-on-the-rise and celebrates what’s hot in TV, music, film and fashion for 2013 and beyond.

If you haven’t watch the NewNowNext Awards, they’re a lot of fun. With irreverent and outrageous categories including “Hottest, Sexiest Ink,” “Host with the Most,” “That’s My Jam” and “TV You Betta Watch,” the ceremony is always fun to watch. My personal favorite is the “Cause You’re Hot” award. All of the nominees are definitely worthy of the win. I covered the red carpet and ceremony a couple of years ago and think its time to check them out again. Especially given the caliber of the nominees. I love star gazing.

Winners will be revealed Monday, April 15th at 10/9C, during the 90-minute Logo NewNowNext Awards 2013 telecast.  The special will be taped in front of a live audience of today’s hottest emerging and seasoned artists at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood, CA on April 13th.  Performers, presenters and special guests will be announced in the coming weeks. Check out all the nominees below.

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Who’s Leaving HBO’s Girls?

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The cast of Girls were on hand to celebrate the second season premiere at the NYU Skirball Center in New York City on Wednesday, January 9. All the ladies looked stunning on the red carpet. Doesn’t the group photo above remind you of Sex and the City back in the day?

With just a few days before HBO airs the first episode of the sophomore season, comes word that someone is leaving the cast. Don’t panic, it’s NOT Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Zosia Mamet or Jemima Kirke. PHEW. That said, I’m a little bummed out that this person is leaving the HBO comedy. Find out who’s jumping ship below.

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The New Normal Books Two More Studs For Guest Spots

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You gotta hand it to Ryan Murphy. When he scores an actor for a guest spot, you know he’s going to be fiiiiine. And he certainly doesn’t disappoint with this double booking. Matt Bomer was recently announced he was popping up on the NBC sitcom as Bryan’s (Andrew Rannelis) hot ex-boyfriend. And now we have this tasty two course meal. If Ryan keeps this up, I’ll be plenty full due to all the delicious eye candy.

Entertainment Weekly broke the news that these two actors will appear when The New Normal returns from its winter finale in 2013. Titled “Gaydar“, both guys will be the under the glare of the homosexual spotlight. One will play a grip on Sing (the Glee-like show) with whom Rocky (NeNe Leakes) develops a crush on.

The other will share scenes with Jane (Ellen Barkin) as her co-worker. The conservative grandma will question his sexuality, as she often does. If you’re regular viewer of Murphy’s shows, you’ll definitely recognize these two. One appeared on Glee and the other on American Horror Story: Asylum. Find out who below.

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