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James Franco Will Bring His Performance Art to Primetime Telenovela

There are at least two people who enjoyed James Franco’s campy, self-indulgent, show devouring, guest starring role on “General Hospital“: Franco and then GH executive producer Jill Farren Phelps. The dynamic duo will reunite when the movie star/graduate student/director will appear in several episodes of the Phelps produced¬† primetime teen telenovela “Hollywood Heights” (formerly”Reach For a Star”) which will debut on Nick at Nite in June. Variety reports that he is on board for a “multi episode part.” The series, based on a 1990 Mexican telenovela, tells the story of a teenage girl who wins a songwriting contest and befriends the male rock star she idolizes. Brittany Underwood (ex-Langston on “One Life to Live”) will star.

There is no word on who Franco will be playing. I hope that he is being cast as an existing character this time, rather than being given free reign to create a role that has little to do with the rest of the series. I also hope that he has learned that acting on a serialized television series is no different from acting in a film and will put some effort into his performance.

In other James Franco news, the actor’s film “Francophenia,” which, according to The New York Times, repurposes documentary footage of his scenes from GH into a “humorous psycho thriller,” will have its U.S. premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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