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Law & Order: Los Angeles: Although he understandably won’t be included in the latest Scream film, Skeet Ulrich is not hurting for work. The actor has just been cast in the latest L&O series. This time around Ulrich, as one of the lead detectives, will be helping to hunt down serial killers.
-Celebs are lining up to talk with Oprah before she leaves daytime. Next Tuesday, Sarah Ferguson (a.k.a. the Duchess of York) will try to explain why she tried to make money off ex-husband Prince Andrew.
-Speaking of daytime, James Franco will soon be returning there. He’ll reprise his role as Franco on General Hospital beginning June 30.
-Soap lovers might not like hearing this news: the SOAPnet channel will be gone in 2012. In other words, get your weekend fixes of 90210 now.
-Could we be seeing more drama play out on The Real Housewives of Orange County? Tamra Barney’s son, Ryan Vieth, was recently arrested for an outstanding warrant. Bail was set at $15,000.
-On an inspiring note, a list of channels are planning to Stand Up To Cancer again this year. The commercial-free fundraising event will be simulcast on September 10.
Want to know why James Franco opted to work on General Hospital? Turns out he selects his jobs like Saturday Night Live chooses its skits—by chance.
No word when he’ll film his upcoming Law & Order appearance.
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- How I Met Your Mother (CBS, 8pm): “Barney and Robin break up, and Barney gets serious about dating again by consulting his playbook containing all of his greatest techniques.” If Brett Favre can come out of semi-retirement, so can Barney Stinson.
- Castle (ABC, 9pm): “The investigation into an ADA’s murder is threatened by Castle’s eagerness to help a call girl involved in the case.” Every John started as someone who simply wanted to help.
- Cake Boss (TLC, 10pm): “Buddy constructs a cage-fighting cake.” The final creation involved blood, sweat and tears.
Attention all you freaks and geeks out there: one day, you too could become a mobster.
Although he had memorable roles in both Milk and Pineapple Express last year, James Franco is comfortable enough to tackle television once again. But this time around, Franco won’t be appearing in a primetime series. Late next week, the 31-year-old will begin a two-month stint on General Hospital as a mysterious man in black.
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James Franco recently held his own with Sean Penn—but how will he fare against actor Steve Burton?
Although he’ll be a long way from Hollywood, the Milk star has has scheduled a trip to Port Charles. Yes, that’s right—Franco will be appearing on General Hospital.
While ABC would have been smart to ask any Golden Globe winner to guest during sweeps, the 31-year-old was actually the one who approached the soap opera. According to a source, James simply wanted to dabble in daytime dramas.
Of course, Franco’s interest couldn’t make the showrunners any happier. “We are thrilled to announce that James Franco will play an integral part in a lengthy run on General Hospital this fall,” Jill Farren Phelps, the show’s executive producer, said. “It’s an honor that an actor of James’ caliber would choose to spend some of his valuable time in Port Charles.”
Franco’s mystery man character will first enter Jason Morgan’s life on November 20. He’s currently scheduled to stick around for approximately two months.
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Catching up on missed ABC programs will soon become that much easier.
Thanks to a deal that is still being finalized, programs ranging from Lost to General Hospital will eventually be made available on Hulu. ABC, owned by Disney, will now become the third major network (alongside NBC and FOX) to allow ad-supported webstreaming of their shows via the site.
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- General Hospital (ABC, check local listings): Genie Francis wakes up from her catatonic state. Hurry up and ask her all your questions before she goes back under.
- High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm): “The six finalists attempt to learn TV theme songs from the 1970s and ‘80s.” Should we really allow these teens to butcher classic songs from before they were born?
- Deal or No Deal (NBC, 8pm): Season 4 premiere. Could this be the day that someone wins the million? Pleez. Do you think they’d give it up that quickly?
- America’s Toughest Jobs (NBC, 9pm): Series premiere. “Average Joes perform dangerous and physically demanding jobs in this competition series. The winner is awarded the annual salary of each job completed.” Aren’t Average Joes the ones already performing these jobs?
If you’re still trying to recover from the loss of The Sopranos, you might be able to satisfy some of your mobster cravings with a little General Hospital. Later this fall, Port Charles will welcoming one more criminal into its borders. Actor Vincent Pastore will be transitioning from his years in New Jersey to become the latest gangster in the New York town.
Vincent will play Maximus Giambetti, a mobster whose two sons, Max and Milo, currently work for Sonny Corinthos. He comes into town mistakenly believing Max Jr. is the head of operations in the area. He will then, of course, find out that his boys are only bodyguards. (I envision some tasty scenes with Diane trying to defend her loyal beau.)
Look for Pastore to enter the scene in October.
Read More | Entertainment Weekly
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- High School Musical: Get in the Picture (ABC, 8pm): Monday premiere. “The East Coast auditions progress to the semifinal and final rounds.” If I can be guaranteed shed tears, I just might be interested in watching this.
- Take Home Nanny (TLC, 8pm): Series premiere. “Emma helps a mom with two demanding daughters and a workaholic husband.” Emma’s other job? Manufacturing fake IDs.
- Wanna Bet? (ABC, 9pm): Series premiere. “Celebrities wager on ordinary people’s abilities to perform wild stunts. Tom Green, Sherri Shepherd, George Takei and Harland Williams are the judges in the opener.” If Tom Green had placed a bet on Drew Barrymore’s latest relationship, I’m sure he would have made a ton.
- Date My Ex: Jo & Slade (Bravo, 10pm): Series premiere. “Jo De La Rosa, of The Real Housewives of Orange County, begins her quest to find a love match by sizing up her various suitors. Helping her weed out the contestants: ex-flame Slade Smiley.” At this point, anyone not named Slade Smiley would be an upgrade.
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