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Andrew Rannells will return to Girls this season

The Book Of Mormon actor Andrew Rannells appeared at the Tony Awards this year in a comedic number bemoaning the many cancelled TV series starring stage actors, along with Smash's Megan Hilty and Go On's Laura Benanti. But Rannells did make note that Girls would be returning, and now—with Christopher Abbott’s well-publicized departure from the show, along with the merciful cancellation of The New Normal—he's needed there more than ever. Deadline reports that Rannells will reprise his Girls role as Hannah’s gay ex-boyfriend/ex-roommate Elijah, with the added benefit of a promotion to series regular, should the show get picked up for a fourth season by HBO (which seems likely). Not too shabby for the guy who went from playing James in the Pokemon Live theater tour to a Tony nomination to a steady TV gig.

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