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James Franco comes forward with "The Truth" of why he did GH!

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According to the latest Vulture column on NewYorkMag.com, James Franco spilled the beans on Monday night during a screening of his sundance-bound film, Howl as to why on earth he ended up doing a soap and landed on General Hospital. After all the rumors and all the tidbits, it comes down to this 1) Franco is playing a former soap star in his new film, Maladies. This feature is the actor’s second joint-venture with the artist, Carter 2) Franco has been a long time fan of soaps since he was a kid!

From Vulture: “The idea came to him while preparing a second movie with the artist Carter. The new film (which will also feature Catherine Keener) is called Maladies, and Franco plays a former soap star. “Now, just because I’m playing a character who was formerly on a soap opera doesn’t mean I had to go on a soap opera, right?” said Franco. “So going on General Hospital isn’t directly related to Maladies. But we got to talking, like, ‘Hey, what if I really did a soap opera? That would be kind of amazing!’”

“It turns out Franco has been a soap fan for a long time. “I was home sick a lot because I didn’t like school when I was little,” he said. “So if I wasn’t watching my VHS copy of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, or Whoopi Goldberg’s movie Jumping Jack Flash — because those were the only two movies we had the foresight to record — I guess I was watching soap operas.” So he called up the folks at General Hospital, who were, of course, ecstatic. He only gave them one bit of direction: “I said, ‘I want to play an artist, and I want him to be crazy.’ And they wrote this character that was better than I could have ever asked for. It was their idea to call the character Franco. I said, ‘That’s crazy. Thank you.’” It was only after he’d signed up that he decided to bring his own crew along to film the filming, he said, “because I wanted to really have ownership over the piece.” (This footage would be part of his yet-to-be-confirmed performance-art show at Deitch Projects’ Long Island City space this spring).  And, in true meta form, that show might in turn be taped for a special episode of General Hospital.  Franco said the soap has made him a better actor. He recently auditioned for the role of Aron Ralston, the real-life trapped hiker who amputated his own arm with a pocket knife, in Danny Boyle’s Slumdog Millionaire follow-up, 127 Hours. The director asked him to quickly memorize and deliver his audition speech, and Franco nailed it. “Because I had just done General Hospital, where I was doing 77 pages a day, I can memorize like that,” he said snapping his fingers. “I have to give credit to General Hospital for being able to memorize like that, and I got the part!”

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DAYS, GH and Y&R Receive WGA Award Nominations For A Daytime Drama

Three of the four network soaps received nominations in the category of Daytime Drama for the upcoming 72nd annual Writers Guild Awards.  Nominations in television categories were announced on Thursday.

The annual scribe-fest is based on voting by 15,000 WGA members, and awards will be handed out in coinciding ceremonies in Los Angeles at the Beverly Hilton and in New York at the Edison Ballroom on February 1st, 2020.

The eligibility are shows within the 2019 calendar year.

The nominated writing teams competing in the Daytime Drama category are as follows:

Days of Our Lives, Writers: Lorraine Broderick, Ron Carlivati, Joanna Cohen, Carolyn Culliton, Richard Culliton, Rick Draughon, Dave Kreizman, Rebecca McCarty, Ryan Quan, Dave Ryan, Betsy Snyder, Katie Schock; NBC Universal

General Hospital, Head Writers: Shelly Altman, Christopher Van Etten Associate Head Writers: Anna T. Cascio, Dan O’Connor Writers: Barbara Bloom, Suzanne Flynn, Charlotte Gibson, Lucky Gold, Kate Hall, Elizabeth Korte, Donny Sheldon, Scott Sickles; ABC

The Young and the Restless, Writers:  Amanda L. Beall, Jeff Beldner, Sara Bibel, Matt Clifford, Annie Compton, Christopher Dunn, Sara Endsley, Janice Ferri Esser, Mellinda Hensley, Lynn Martin, Anne Schoettle, Natalie Minardi Slater, Teresa Zimmerman CBS

So, which soap do you think should receive the WGA Award for the best writing on a daytime drama series in 2019? Share your picks in the comment section below.

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WEDNESDAY: GH Stars Set To Perform Acoustic Holiday Concert On Facebook Live

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas over at ABC’s Prospect Studios where they tape General Hospital!.  And today, on Wednesday, December 4th look for the cast to perform in a very special Facebook Live Event in what is being billed as their “holiday spectacular”

Several members of the cast including William Lipton (Csmeron) and Wally Kurth (Ned) are set to perform acoustic versions of Holiday classics and more.  Fans are also hoping to hear the voices of James Patrick Stuart (Valentin) and Josh Swickard (Chase), as well. And you just never know who else from Port Charles may be singing up a storm!

You can catch the event live beginning at 7PMEST/4PMPST over at GH’s official Facebook Page – Facebook.com/General Hospital

ABC executive, Nathan Varni tweeted yesterday: “Rehearsals for this holiday spectacular have been amazing! I can’t wait for everyone to see it tomorrow! 

So, will you be checking out the live-stream of this GH holiday musical special? Comment below/

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TONIGHT: Rick Hearst Makes His AMBITIONS Debut

Not many can play duplicitous, back-stabbing and twisted like former GH, B&B, Y&R and GL star, Rick Hearst!  The multi-Daytime Emmy winner is the perfect fit for the rollercoaster-ride-a-minute soap, Ambitions.

And now, Hearst is set to make his Ambitions debut on Tuesday night’s December 3rd episode of the OWN soap opera (10PMET/9PMCT), written and created by Jamey Giddens.

On Ambitions, Hearst takes on the role of  Jerry Lannigan, a hot shot celebrity criminal attorney, who just so happened to go to law school with Evan (Brian White) and Stephanie Lancaster (Robin Givens).  And believe it or not, it turns out Stephanie actually has a real friend, or does she?

Watch a preview below for when Stephanie sees Jerry again for the first time below, followed by the promo for tonight’s episode.

Then let us know, if you are looking forward to seeing the former Port Charles Ric Lansing, Springfield Alan-Michael, Genoa City Matt and L.A.’s Whip in his new role on Ambitions via the comment section.

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