BREAKING NEWS: James Franco to Do Multi-Episode Arc on Jill Farren Phelps' Nick-at-Nite Soap, Hollywood Heights!



 




Boy that Jill Farren Phelps really must have made some impression on movie star James Franco during his wacky appearances on General Hospital! The A-list star has agreed to do a multi-episode arc on Nick-at-Nite's upcoming, daily primetime soap Hollywood Heights, of which Farren Phelps is producing. According to Variety, Nickelodeon's president Cyma Zarghami made the announcement today at the cabler's upfront presentation.
 

 

While I've made no secret that I believe Franco's stints on GH were a major bust, it's definitely a smart move to have one of Hollywood's most notorious stars of the moment help launch a new series set in Tinsletown. Let's just hope Franco's Hollywood Heights character isn't a fan of toy monkeys! In other Hollywood Heights casting news, Melissa Ordway (17 Again), Cody Longo Anthony (ex-Nikolas Alamain, Days of Our Lives) and Justin Wilczynski will join 7th Heaven's Carlos Ponce and One Life to Live's Brittany Underwood as regulars.

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James Franco is a good example of why there are no stars today. I can't remember the last project he had which was popular. The only time I hear about him is for a stunt.

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He's now an official JFP pet. I love it lol! Now if they get Kale Browne to do voice over work as a radio show host or something, my brain will explode.

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I guess FV must have closed the door on Franco showing up at GH. Wink

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The Franco character failed for lots of reasons and he DOES have an infamous rep. in Hollywood, but he is megafamous . . . I don't understand the catty resistance among a lot of soap fans to his participation in these serials that other movie/prime time actors wouldn't consider touching with a 10,000 foot pole. He's really pretentious and his GH appearances were disruptive to the continuing story, but he's no one to be balked at. And I assume he's not being feat. on GH anymore bc. HE's passing, not FV.

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I can't blame the actor for the fiasco that was his appearance on GH. That rests firmly in the hands of JFP. How can a woman who has destroyed the integrity and ratings of so many shows still be employed? It's hard not to wish a new soap well but couldn't they hire some new blood, someone who doesn't think having a villain run around with an HIV tainted syringe is good soap opera?

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James Franco is a great actor who also happens to be MAJORLY hot! I have not HATED him on GH! Until he jumped the shark and did what he did to Sam, I was actually kinda enjoying Franco's homoerotic cat and mouse game with Jason! But it does annoy the crap out of me to see someone as despicable as Jill Farren Phelps rebounding so quickly after getting ousted from GH!

It's nice to see that incompetence pays off!

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James Franco must be putting it down on the "casting couch!" That's all I got to say.

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DynamiteKiddo wrote:
The Franco character failed for lots of reasons and he DOES have an infamous rep. in Hollywood, but he is megafamous . . . I don't understand the catty resistance among a lot of soap fans to his participation in these serials that other movie/prime time actors wouldn't consider touching with a 10,000 foot pole. He's really pretentious and his GH appearances were disruptive to the continuing story, but he's no one to be balked at. And I assume he's not being feat. on GH anymore bc. HE's passing, not FV.

Even some of the actors on GH, like Nancy Lee Grahn, had little interest in this pretentiousness. His arrival was presented as some type of major coup and an example of his awesomeness, when he did nothing for ratings (or actually lowered them) and his work was widely panned. It was a huge ego trip and nothing more.

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as long as the happy duo is together on Hollywood Heights and not General Hospital, may they have lifelong happiness together.