Monday, May 27, 2024

General Hospital: Head Writer Wants James Franco Back to Play Himself

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General Hospital fans: head writer Ron Carlivati tells me he wants James Franco to return to the show one more time. Try and follow this, because I had to. Franco made several appearances over the last three years as a crazy artist named Franco. He raped, pillaged, and terrorized the already put upon populace of Port Charles.

Then last year Carlivati brought the Franco character back played by someone else, Roger Howarth. He was absolved of his many crimes after it was discovered he had a brain tumor. (This is always a good out for soap characters. If only it worked in real life!)

At this past weekend’s Writers Guild Awards, Carlivati– who helped save “General Hospital” from cancellation– told me he wants the real Franco to make one more return. I think the idea is that the multi-tasking actor would play himself, and I guess confront the fictitious Franco. Anyway, the soap is now the hip show that Franco wanted it to be when he was on it. He’d do well to get closure. And also, now “GH” has great ratings.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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