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James Franco blames Oscar writer, Bruce Vilanch for lackluster performance!

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Photo Credit: JPI Studios

So now we are finally hearing from both camps on what went down Oscar night where General Hospital’s recurring superstar, James Franco co-hosted Hollywood’s biggest night.  Franco was panned by critics across the board for his seemingly sleepy and lackluster performance, but according to Franco he puts the blame squarely on famed comedy writer and award show writing staffer, Bruce Vilanch.

According to The Wrap, Franco tweeted his upset, “Bruce, he let me down” and then linked to a photo of himself and veteran Oscar writer Vilanch. The photo which has a “2011 James Franco” copyright on the bottom, is scrawled with two quotes supposedly coming out of Vilanch’s mouth: “James f***ed up the Oscars. Trust me, I know comedy,” on the top, and “I mean, come on, I write for Bette Midler!” on the bottom. Franco deleted the tweet within minutes, but by then plenty of his 400,000-plus followers had seen it, taken screen grabs and spread it around the Internet. At about 5 p.m., he reposted the photo, its scrawled comment intact.

The shout-out on Vilanch came after the writer made comments on Vulture about Franco’s Oscar hosting debut, “I have to call James Franco and tell him the show’s over … He took a nap and woke up in class.” Vilanch attributed Franco’s lackluster performance to the actor having “too many balls in the air,” and not arriving at rehearsals until three days before the show. Vilanch also said that Franco had “a bunch of people who were writing for him,” and that most of the communication came via email. Concluded the 22-time Oscar writer, “[H]e didn’t get there.”  The Vulture also asked Vilanch if Franco was stoned or high during the ceremonies in which he replied, “No, he wasn’t high,” I was with him, and he wasn’t high. And I asked him, ‘Are you high, and can I have some?’ And he said no to both.”

Last week, Academy president Tom Sherak told TheWrap that he’s aware the pairing of Franco and Anne Hathaway didn’t work. “She tried very hard, and he did it his own way,” Sherak said of Hathaway and Franco. “The light didn’t go on for him.”

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I think it was a foolish move on the part of TPTB of the Oscars to have put James Franco and Anne Hathaway on as hosts in the first place.It takes more than good looks and being a good actor to make a host.That’s a daunting task for seasoned pros and many of them have bombed.A Billy Crystal , A Whoopie Goldberg, An Ellen Degeneres, and a few others did a good job.They brought them on to appeal to a younger audience i suppose, but that show has a lot of older viewers that appreciate a seasoned host who can… Read more »

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Tiffany Daniels Fills-In For Briana Nicole Henry as GH’s Jordan

General Hospital viewers will notice a different Jordan Ashford in a few episodes as Tiffany Daniels temporarily replaces Briana Nicole Henry.

As previously reported and revealed by Henry herself, the actress did contract Covid-19 and during her time away from the ABC daytime drama series, she had to be replaced for some episodes.

In a post on her Instagram story this week, Henry opened up about the casting switch that actually brought her best friend to Port Charles for a bit.

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Briana stated: “I appreciate all the love and support from you guys worried about my status as Jordan on GH. I got Covid over the holidays and had to take a couple weeks off,” She went on to say, “Someone needed to fill in for me. Coincidentally, it’s my best friend! So, I am back at GH and please enjoy the beautiful Tiff D. for the next couple of episodes.”

Daniels has appeared in numerous primetime drama and comedies over her career.

So, let us know how you feel Tiffany did subbing for her friend, Briana, via the comment section below  and note that soon Henry will be back on-screen as Jordan,

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Vinessa Antoine’s ‘Diggstown’ Acquired by Fox in the U.S.

Great news for fans of former GH star Vinessa Antoine (Ex-Jordan).  The Canadian legal drama, Diggstown, in which she stars has found an American broadcasting home via news today that Fox has acquired the series.

Fox has picked up twelve episodes for seasons one and two of the drama.

In Diggstown, Antoine stars as Marcie Diggs, a star corporate lawyer who reconsiders her priorities and moves to work in a legal-aid office after her beloved aunt takes her own life following the pressures of a malicious prosecution.

 

The series explores issues of social injustice among other topical matters and universal themes. The team of lawyers that Marcie works with are a curious band of do-gooders, cynics, and scrappers – messy souls struggling to keep personal disappointment and demons out of their practice. They work directly in the community to find justice for their varied clients. Marcie is driven by one thing – to never again allow innocent lives to be destroyed by the justice system.

Deadline broke the news of the acquisition, which will help the network during the Covid-19 pandemic and production shutdowns, to have programming ready to go while other shows continue to get up and running.

No word yet on when Fox might air Diggstown in its primetime line-up.

So, excited to see Vinessa in the legal drama when the show airs on Fox? Comment below.

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When Martin Met Jackie (AKA All My Children’s Tad and Jenny) on General Hospital

If you caught Monday’s episode of General Hospital, the ABC daytime drama snuck in a ‘wink-wink nudge-nudge’ to viewers of the once dominant ABC daytime soap opera line-up.

Since Kim Delaney was announced as coming to GH to take on the role of ace investigative journalist, Jackie Templeton, longtime All My Children viewers noted that she at some point could be reunited with her former All My Children TV brother, Michael E. Knight, because they are both now in Port Charles.

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The one time Tad and Jenny Gardner of Pine Valley got re-acquainted on yesterday’s episode when Martin interrupted a conversation between Jackie and her son, Chase (Josh Swickard).  When he did, Jackie looks at Martin and says, “Do I know you?”   She looks as though she is trying to place exactly where she knows that face from, and from there the two eventually share their first one-on-one scenes as their new soap alter-egos.

In the moment, Martin wants Jackie to investigate what happened to his mother, Florence, and reveals to Jackie that his bio-brother is Cyrus Renault (Jeff Kober), which perks up Jackie to probably do some digging.

For many, it was great to see Michael and Kim together again, and here’s hoping GH can capitalize on it in future scenes.

So did you enjoy the nod to All My Children history on yesterday’s GH between Jackie and Martin aka Jenny and Tad? Comment below.

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