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Posted: Sunday, April 17, 2011 1:15 am

When the gang on "Glee" breaks into a dance number, check out Heather Morris. She's the real deal.

"I've been dancing since I was 1," says Morris, who plays cheerleader Brittany Pierce on the hit comedy-musical (returning with new episodes beginning 8 p.m. EDT Tuesday, Fox).

"I started walking at 7 months."

Now, at age 24, Morris is getting known for more than how her feet move. This season, dumb-bunny Brittany has emerged as a breakout character, the kind who spouts lines fans love to quote.

Brittany thinks recipes are confusing. She cheats off the dumb kids in the class and once suspected her cat of reading her diary. She has admitted she thinks dolphins are gay sharks.

"I think she thinks that, in her mind, she knows it all," Morris says. "She thinks she knows things that nobody else knows, and, unfortunately, she wants to share that."

Despite this, "she's learning from the other kids," Morris says of the character. "She's trying grow."

Morris is trying, too.

"I try to learn from (co-stars) Cory (Monteith) and Lea (Michele)," says Morris, who is working on her acting and singing skills to match her fancy footwork. "Brittany doesn't really sit back and watch. She just says things.

"I watch how (co-stars) do things, and I learn things just by doing that."

Other highlights for the week of April 17-23 (check local listings):


"Committed" (8 p.m., Lifetime Movie Network). A clinical psychologist (Andrea Roth) finds she's a patient in this thriller that questions whether this woman is losing her mind or being framed.

"Mob Wives" (8 p.m., VH1). Four Staten Island, N.Y., wives pick up the pieces while their husbands serve time for alleged mob-related activities in this new reality series.

"TV Land Awards" (9 p.m., TV Land). Regis Philbin gets the Legend Award, the cast of "Welcome Back, Kotter" (including John Travolta) reunites and the cultural impact of "The Facts of Life" is recalled during the ceremony.

"Game of Thrones" (9 p.m., HBO). In this new expansive fantasy series from writer George R.R. Martin, two families war over territory, and even noblemen fight for power.


"Gossip Girl" (9 p.m., CW). As new episodes roll out, Lily (Kelly Rutherford) faces the consequences of a major decision, with friends and family coming to be by her side.

"20/20: William & Kate: A Modern Fairy Tale" (10 p.m., ABC). This hourlong report will retrace the steps of royal couple Prince William and Kate Middleton's relationship.


"Raising Hope" (9 p.m., Fox). Maw Maw (Cloris Leachman), who is not in her right mind, finds a boyfriend (Jerry Van Dyke) who is up to the challenge.

"Hogs Gone Wild" (10 p.m., Discovery Channel). Think your job stinks? Try being someone who has to capture 700-pound hogs that roam the United States.

"16 and Pregnant" (10 p.m., MTV). The reality series gives birth to a new season of following 10 teen mothers-to-be.


"The Middle" (8 p.m., ABC). Frankie obsesses about the royal wedding. Perhaps the family needs an intervention.


"Community" (8 p.m., NBC). The parody-prone show gets its "Glee" on.


"Girls' Night Out: Superstar Women of Country" (9 p.m., CBS). The Judds, Miranda Lambert, Jennifer Nettles and Carrie Underwood perform in this tribute to the current female icons of country music.

"Talking Funny" (9 p.m., HBO). Ricky Gervais, who is no stranger to controversy when it comes to comedy, chats with Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock about boundaries and lessons learned onstage.


"The Ten Commandments" (7 p.m., ABC). The dazzling (for its day) 1956 classic stars Charlton Heston as Moses.

"Cinema Verite" (9 p.m., HBO). The story behind the iconic reality series "American Family," which documented a family's struggles during the 1970s, is chronicled in this scripted piece starring James Gandolfini, Diane Lane and Tim Robbins.


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