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James Franco's "Forbidden Love" Teases His Soapy Past In This Preview For Tonight's SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE!

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Ah, James Franco remembers his soap opera past with this very funny teaser for tonight’s Saturday Night Live in which Franco returns as the host with musical guest Nicki Minaj!

Franco, who played the original ‘Franco”on General Hospital, the role now played by Roger Howarth, spoofs the soaps with SNL cast member Cecily Strong in a clip that is entitled, “Forbidden Love”! This telenovela-esque preview features Franco and Strong about to engage in a lip-lock, but is it over a case of mistaken identity?

Watch how the clip plays out after the jump! Then let us know … will you be watching James tonight on SNL? When Franco is host, it always turn out to be quite the funny episode!

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Sharice
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Sharice

That guy is a complete and utter douche. Hope he never ever comes back to any of the remaining soap operas.

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree, Sharice….and, he was a complete bore on SATURDAY NIGHT. ….did not do it for me. Nikki Minaj on the other hand? She was ‘mahhhhvelous’ . …..her exaggerated and satirical impersonation of KK created a round of belly laughs in my house, for sure.

Laurie
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Laurie

Have never been a huge James Franco fan, but love his nads…can I say that word here? He’s a gutsy, busy man who clearly doesn’t rest on his laurels. He kind of won me over, though, when he did a “mock-off” “knock-off”of Kimye’s disgusting, self-indulgent “Bound 2” video w/Seth Rogen. I laughed til I cried, so count me in for tonight’s SNL!

Sly
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Sly

I like James Franco and I hope he comes back to GH. He’s a better actor now and has a lot more fans.
It would be nice to see Roger Howarth back as Todd.

Laurie
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Laurie

He may be a douche as Sharice says, lol, I don’t know, and I never thought much of his acting until 127 HOURS! Just WOW!!!! Can I say again…WOW!! The whole movie is a WOW to me-extra points for the filmmakers for maintaining a high level of intensity throughout a true story despite the fact that the outcome was already well-known.

I haven’t seen all of his movies but he was decent in MILK as well.

4ever DAYS
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4ever DAYS

I loved 127 Hours! Another great one is Pineapple Express…It’s a comedy with several different genres mixed in!

Laurie
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Laurie

Yes, Pineapple Express was funny. It’s not my typical type of movie, but funny is funny!

CeeCee
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CeeCee

I agree,, Laurie. I am not disputing his acting skill. I am strictly talking about his skits on SNL. I did not find him funny….as a comedic actor, I found him lacking. And yes, James acting was exceptional in 127 hours.

rebecca1
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rebecca1

Hi Laurie…I thought he was great in MILK…and also played James Dean to perfection. Did you see Sunday’s live production of Peter Pan? Christopher Walken played Hook and Franco parodied him on SNL…it was hilarious. He got every inflection and mannerism down to the letter. LOL funny!

rebecca1
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rebecca1

He may have done some creepy things all in the name of avant-garde…but there’s no denying he’s one multi-talented, extremely accomplished individual. Caught his Christopher Walken-as-Captain Hook and it was HILARIOUS and spot ON!!! Too funny…

PV Jr.
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PV Jr.

Just love how millionaires, James Franco and Seth Rogen, can poke fun at the Sony breach while those of us “little people” have our SSNs, emails, home address, phone numbers leaked to the world, not to mention our families’ information.

I can’t believe Sony would allow their employees (Franco and Rogen) to go on national television and rub their faces in it some more. I hope this breach means the end of the Franco-Rogen gravy train.

SpixieFan
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SpixieFan

LOL!! Love it so funny. 🙂 Thanks for this Micheal.. I missed the airing, didnt’ know he was hosting, but I”m going to check it out On Demand. I wissshh he woud come back to GH, love love love love his version of evil, dark, crazy, Franco and the contrast of the beautiful on the outside vs. the ugly and sinister on the inside.

Harry
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Harry

I have loved this man since he appeared in Freaks and Geeks. As Rebecca asserts, he is an intensely talented actor possessing superhero multitasking skills.
However, I do not appreciate his Franco character because it seems to me he is winking and smirking at the audience as if to say,”Look at this A list actor slumming it with soap opera actors.”

toscanti
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toscanti

He is AWESOME!

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GH’s Parry Shen Delivers the ‘Power Performance of the Week’

How many of us have lost, or had to say goodbye to our best friend? Somehow fate or illness intervenes and cuts short someone you share so many memories with.

On last Thursday’s episode of General Hospital, Dr. Britt Westbourne’s (Kelly Thiebaud) family and friends gathered for her memorial at the GH chapel.  However, viewers knew of the special connection between Britt and her bestie, Brad Cooper (Parry Shen).

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Devastated at losing Britt, upset that she never told him she about her diagnosis with Huntington’s Disease, and mourning her death, Brad comes to her former office, where Britt was the Co-Chief of Staff at the hospital. After exchanging heartfelt moments with Britt’s mother, the grieving Liesl (Kathleen Gati), and Scott Baldwin (Kin Shriner), Brad (with a paper bag in hand) spends some time alone in Britt’s former office, which has now been cleaned out.

Next, Brad takes out a carton of ice cream (for those who know the back-story, Britt and Brad would sit together each with ice cream and watch the red carpet at the Nurses’ Ball on TV and hoot and howl at the residents of Port Charles), and thus begins a very emotional and five-hankie moment, where Brad recalls all the key moments in their friendship.

Parry Shen was so touching in this scene, that if you have been a fans of Britt and Brad’s friendship, we are sure you shed some tears.

Later, during the memorial, Brad is pained listening to the others eulogize Britt, and when it is his turn to speak, he does his best to get through it and pay homage to his best friend.

We will miss the Brad and Britt friendship as will many GH viewers for it was one-of-a-kind on the soaps – two originally, not so nice people, doing bad things and finding common ground with each other, and eventually turning their lives around and being there to support each other.

For all of these scenes mentioned above, Michael Fairman TV names Parry Shen’s work, the Power Performance of the Week.  You can check out a clip featuring Shen below.

Now, let us know, what did you think of Parry’s Performance during Britt’s memorial episode? Comment below.

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Marcus Coloma On His GH Exit: “I Don’t Know Why That Decision Was Made, But I Don’t Feel Any ill Will and I Didn’t Feel I Got Fired”

This week, GH fans saw Adam Huss returning to the ABC soap opera as Nikolas Cassadine to finish out the rest of the scenes originally intended to be played by Marcus Coloma who ended his three-year run on the show a tad early.

As has been previously reported, Coloma came down with Covid-19 as his final tape days neared, and a decision was made for him to not return to finish off his last run of episodes.

With all the rumors and stances taken by everyone involved, Coloma was the special guest on this week’s episode of the That’s Awesome Podcast hosted by Steve Burton and Bradford Anderson and discussed his departure from the long-running daytime drama series.

Marcus expressed that when he took the role on GH, he was excited to be in that kind of environment (working on a soap opera), and only signed on for three years.  However, as time went by it became more difficult to reconcile leaving when his contract was up, sharing: “You fall in love with the crew and everybody along with it. So, two and a half years in, this decision that was so clear in the beginning is getting complicated.”

The actor added that while, “I knew the end was coming, it wasn’t like GH was saying, ‘Hey, Marcus, we want you to stay.’  There was no negotiation … and all I can say to that is I don’t know why that decision was made, but I don’t feel any ill will and I didn’t feel like I got fired. It just felt like … there was maybe an understanding that I was going to be there for three years. The big surprise is how much it hurt. Even though I knew I was going to leave.”

In the end, Coloma reflected that this may have concluded as it should, adding, “I really do have some big goals and those goals would have never been realized if I would have stayed. That’s not to take anything away from GH because I admire everything about it.”

Watch the episode of That’s Awesome featuring Coloma below.

Then weigh-in, what do you think of Marcus’ thoughts on his exit as GH’s Nikolas Cassadine? Share your thoughts in the comment section.

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Adam Huss Back to GH as Nikolas Cassadine

With Marcus Coloma’s last appearance as Nikolas Cassadine on last week’s January 26th episode of General Hospital, the soap opera brought back Adam Huss to finish out the dark prince’s storyline.

According to Soaps.com. Huss aired today on the January 31st episode of the ABC daytime drama series and will finish out the scenes that were written to be portrayed by Coloma.

Adam previously subbed for Coloma back in September 2021 and again in November 2022.

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After it was announced that Coloma was leaving GH, the network and the series agreed that it would be best that Marcus did come in to tape his last episodes since he was recovering from Covid-19 at the time.  Thus, we are seeing those episodes featuring Huss now airing in early February.

So, glad to see Adam back to wrap Nikolas’ current storyline? Share your thoughts in the comment section below.

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