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James Franco To Be Roasted By Comedy Central! General Hospital-Inspired Francophrenia To Air Immediately Following On Their Digital Platforms!

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Score another new adventure for James Franco! The multi-tasking, multi-talented performer is now being roasted by Comedy Central!  Franco will be on the hot seat on an episode that airs on Labor Day for the comedy network’s annual roast.

According to the L.A. Times, “The special, which will tape in Los Angeles in August, will feature stars, comedians and others taking humorous, sharp-edged aim at Franco. “If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated incessant creative risk-taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central. “Oh well … I suppose we’ll just have to make do.”  Said Franco: “I’ve dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember.”

However, there is a big perk for General Hospital and soap fans who never got the opportunity to see James Franco’s 90-minute documentary film  “Francophrenia”.   Now you can get a front row seat to James’  GH experience, immediately following the broadcast of the roast on Comedy Central, when the network makes “Francophrenia” available for viewing on their digital and VOD platforms!

So if someone from GH should roast James, who should that be?  Will you be checking out  “Francophrenia”?  Do you miss James Franco’s portrayal of “Franco” now that he has been recast by Roger Howarth?  Share your thoughts below!

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Susan Tucker
Susan Tucker

Roger Hawthorn is a GREAT actor and love his acting but I still think he would have been better as an Alcazar on GH James Franco made that role and I just don’t believe ANYONE should have taken it over 🙂 Just my opion 🙂

Amber
Amber

AGREE !

Tali
Tali

Good opinion! I agree, both are great actors but they shouldn’t imitate the other even if it is flattering!

Susan Tucker
Susan Tucker

I spelled Roger’s last name wrong sorry should have been Hawthorne Was thinking of someone else when I was talking about him lol

Maggie Klorman
Maggie Klorman

I agree Roger Hawthorn will always be Todd, and making him blond is soooo stupid.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

It’s Roger Howarth. And I agree.

Lisa
Lisa

I liked James Franco much better on GH than Roger. Nothing against Roger but it is like night and day. James Franco made him much more darker and freakier

su0000
su0000

duh .. this Franco is not suppose to be as the old Franco, this is RC’s and RH’s Franco, do not compare them they are not the same and not suppose to be the same as the Franco that was Franco’s.. 🙂

The ‘Q’ Franco does not act like nor do anything the short lived Franco did ..

RH is knocking his Franco out of the park, and much more to come, nobody knows how this Franco will grow and what he will do in the future, nobody knows.. 🙂

sharon
sharon

i think either Anthony geary or rodger howarth would be candidates to roast james….

su0000
su0000

LOL I am looking forward to watching it!!!

also; I love RC’s view/creation of Franco played by RH !!!!
The new Franco does not do anything the original did ..

vicki
vicki

While James Franco put on a great performance as Franco, I hated the character. Not in the sense of “love to hate”…. just simply hate. Wish he never existed, ruined everything kind of hate. He was too dark and too creepy and icky. Roger knows how to make an icky character someone that you want to sorta root for. As in, “Come on dude, you should know better…”

As for who should roast from GH… definitely Steve Burton or Kelly Monaco… maybe even Laura Wright or Chad Duell….

Meghan
Meghan

I completely agree with you that I did not like the original Franco character. I love James Franco and think he did an awesome job with what was written but I thought the character was too dark and disturbing, which really is a tribute to James Franco, that he was able to bring that to the screen. The new version of “Franco” played by Roger Howarth is…interesting. I love Roger and think again that he is doing a great job with what he is being given but I am basically looking at them as two different characters, that’s the only way that I can do it without being frustrated.

Kristen
Kristen

I enjoy James as Franco, Roger is a great actor, but I miss him as Todd Manning. First person who comes to mind to roast him is whoever plays Carly.

Lisa Brown
Lisa Brown

“Todd” is doing a great job as Franco, but I think James Franco originated this role and it would have been even better if he was able to ply Franco!!~ Don’t get me wrong..Roger Howarh is great in any role he plays, but James is “Franco”!!!!

Christi
Christi

I look forward to seeing this on Comedy Central!! I really, really miss James as Robert Frank on GH… he was such an intriguing mix of dark and creepy and scary and beautiful.. beautiful on the outside, evil on the inside. I thought he died wayyy to easy when Jason shot him.. so I was really hoping he would come back for at least one more really well written round…… when RH took over the role, I had mixed feelings, cause I wanted James back, but I thought maybe they will do something interesting with this character… but THIS isn’t even remotely Franco at all, so I am EXTREMELY disappointed. This isn’t Franco, this is Todd.. and to make it even worste, they are completely re-writing everything and trying to redeem him. I don’t want them to try to redeem Franco.. if RH is going to play Franco, he needs to play FRANCO and RC needs to WRITE Franco.

Christi
Christi

Want to add I would love for Steve Burton or Kelly Monaco to roast him 🙂

jimh(leave it to beaver)
jimh(leave it to beaver)

Britt doesnt know him but she was good at roasting a doll…lol

Doe
Doe

As I have said before, Anyone playing Franco cannot and should not try to be him. Franco is one of a kind. And I do mean James. Roger Howarth is still Todd Manning no matter which way you cut it! Blonde hair and and all does not do it for me! Roger, go back to Lanview where you created an outstanding Todd Manning……

aria
aria

he will probably want his bff steve The liar Burton and JFP.

CTwildheart
CTwildheart

I think it should be Steve Burton! And I am looking forward to seeing Francophilia!

Paula Kate Meserole
Paula Kate Meserole

I am really having trouble with Franco’s return on GH. I love Roger Howarth, but really having trouble accepting him as Franco. Oh well…. I support General Hospital fully and have for the last half century and so as far as the recast of Franco….it’s too late to worry about it now.

Lynn
Lynn

Yes, I miss James Franco as Franco, however, Roger Howarth is also doing an amazing job as Franco! They are totally different people and have played this character differently but, I enjoy both! I am hoping to see some of the General Hospital Cast on the Roast.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Julexis Goes To Therapy

On General Hospital, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) was able to convince Julian (William deVry) to attend therapy with her to help her better understand her issues with men and relationships, which all of have been tainted by the destructive relationship between her father Mikkos Cassadine and her mother.

When Julexis sits down for the session with Dr. Kevin Collins (Jon Lindstrom), things take a bad turn when Alexis starts explaining to Julian why he is there, while Julian feels it’s just an attack on him, and their past, especially when it comes up how he held a knife at her throat on the pier and tried to kill her. Julian tells Kevin that everything he did was to protect his family from his crazy sister, Olivia.

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Julian is ready to storm out, but Kevin suggest they implement more structure to the session to make this work for everyone.  It’s clear Julian does want to help Alexis, and/or also come to understand something about himself and their relationship, and why it splintered.  When asked by Kevin why Julian felt encouraged to pursue Alexis when he first came to town; knowing he was a criminal and she was on the right-side-of-the-law, Julian with tears in his eyes says, “Redemption.”  Julian says he fell in love with Alexis, but also liked the idea of proving and becominga better man.  He then says that both of them were trying to break the cycle of violence from their pasts, and he wished they had both been able to do so – in a heavy-dose-of-reality moment for Julexis.

The session ends, and Julian and Alexis walk to the hospital elevator, and he agrees to go to more sessions with her, saying that they both have issues to address so they can move on with their lives.  Alexis thanks Julian and offers one day to repay this favor.

In these scenes, William deVry and Nancy Lee Grahn brought the heartfelt emotions and the internal conflict that has made Julexis a dynamic duo on GH.   Now with Julian seemingly moving on with Kim (Tamara Braun), and Alexis wanting a fresh start, will these joint therapy sessions enable them to do that  … or perhaps can they resolve the issues that have plagued them, and move on with each other, and grow from it?

So, do you think this is the true end of the road for Julexis?  What did you think of the performances of Will and Nancy?  Comment below.

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GENERAL HOSPITAL: Chase and ‘Janelle’ Two Sides To Every Story?

On Tuesday’s episode of General Hospital, viewers were given more of the back-story between Chase (Josh Swickard) and Nelle (Chloe Lanier) told through a series of flashback from their disparate recollections.

At the PCPD, over the phone, Chase thanks his former police partner, Abby for sending the files he had on one … Janelle Benson.  As he peruses through the files and sees the image of Nelle contained within it, and a postcard from Florida, Chase flashes back to his interrogation room and meeting suspect ‘Janelle’, when he was working as an officer in Maine.  Nelle was being questioned in the drowning of her fiance’ Zack..  Chase asks why the upset ‘Janelle’ chose to vacation in Maine instead of Florida.  She says it was so Zack could put space between him and his disapproving family.  However, ‘Janelle’ does admit going kayaking was her idea.

Next, she cries that she had to make the decision to try to save Zack from drowning, but thought maybe she might die too, so she decided to save herself, and not go in after him, in what was an impossible situation to be in.  Abby questions ‘Janelle’ about Zack changing his will right before they headed off for their vacation.  ‘Janelle’ lets it firmly be known that it was all Zack’s idea to change his will.

Chase believes ‘Janelle’ is innocent, but Abby thinks Janelle is played the helpless victim card.  Chase decides to release Nelle.  Later, Chase remembers traveling to Florida, because Nelle was reportedly being harassed by Zack’s family.  When he got to Florida, he recalls staying in a motel, and was set to meet up with her at a diner.  However, ‘Janell’e surprised him while he was half-naked in a towel and the door of his room.  Next thing you know, things get hot and heavy as she seduces him.  Chase flashes to them hitting the sheets and being in the throes of passion, and promising to take care of everything for her.

Meanwhile, Nelle and Michael (Chad Duell) are talking at The Floating Rib.  Nelle admits to Michael that she has a past with Chase, and her fear of him trying to bring her down now that he is in Pot Charles.  She says that Chase would do anything to get ahead in his career.  Michael asks if Maine was truly the last time she saw Chase.  She says it wasn’t, and says he followed her to Florida.

Now, as there are two sides to every story, Nelle flashes to coming to visit Chase at his motel room; where he is only wearing a towel . In her version, she portrays Chase as the instigator.  She start to cry and tells Michael that in her gut she knew that something was off about Chase, but she felt like she was drowning inside and he was her lifeline. Nelle says Chase became obsessed with her.

Then while alone, Nelle remembers how she was able to get Chase to go out to the store and get her some water after their hot sexcapade.. Once she is all by herself, Nelle calles the police to report misconduct by an officer at the motel.  Meanwhile, Michael has headed over to the PCPD to confront Chase.

So, which version of the story of  Chase and ‘Janelle’ do you believe? It appears Nelle has done a number on Chase. What did you think of Chloe Lanier’s performance where she can go from portraying the victim in a situation, to an evil bitch, with ease?  What do you think of Josh Swickard as the PCPD’s main cop, now that Dominic Zamprogna (Dante) is on his way out of GH?  Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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GH Preview – Week of June 18, 2018

This week on General Hospital, as Carly (Laura Wright) is being drugged up with anti-psychotic meds at Ferncliff, it’s Jason (Steve Burton) to the rescue.  Carly’s bff finds a way to infiltrate the state mental institution. Meanwhile, Carly had been talking to Kevin (Jon Lindstrom), who says he will help her through her ordeal emotionally.  But is Carly really seeing Kevin, or is it just a figment of her imagination?

Elsewhere, Alexis (Nancy Lee Grahn) seeks out her ex Julian (William deVry) as she tries to come to terms with the root cause of her issues with the men she chooses to be in her life.  Julian, who has gotten closer to Kim (Tamara Braun), now has a chance to try to help Alexis and make up for the ways in which he hurt her.  Could this be the beginning of the patching up of Julexis, or the final straw?

Sonny (Maurice Benard) has just learned that Mike (Max Gail) moved the body buried at Croton. Where did Mike take it?  How will this have future implications?

Here are more teasers for the action coming up on  GH:

MONDAY JUNE 18

Obrecht covers her tracks.

TUESDAY JUNE 19

Nelle reflects on her past.

WEDNESDAY JUNE 20

Michael confronts Chase.

THURSDAY JUNE 21

Nina demands answers.

FRIDAY JUNE 22

Valentin’s romantic gesture back fires.

So, what story point are you looking forward to playing out this week on GH? Let us know in the comment section below.

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