In what might be the most meta event in the history of daytime TV, rapper Riff Raff will appear on an upcoming episode of One Life to Live as a shady Miami art dealer named “Jamie Franko,” an obvious nod to Oscar-nominee James Franco’s own appearance as an artist on General Hospital. Adding another layer of self-referential fuel to the fire, Riff Raff has claimed that Franco’s character in the controversial movie Spring Breakers is based on him — a charge Franco has (kind of) denied. READ FULL STORY »
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After playing little-rich-boy-turned-hitman-with-a-heart-of-gold Jason Morgan on General Hospital for 21 years, Steve Burton is calling it quits. He told TVGuide.com that “it’s been nothing but a huge positive in my life and for my family. I have no complaints, no negative feelings at all. But it’s time to go.” He says his last tape date is Sept. 25, after which he’ll head to his new spread in Tennessee with his wife and two kids.
Reps for GH have declined to comment, but sources close to the show say that Burton’s words stand on their own, that it was well-known that he was thinking about leaving for some time now, and the details of his exit, including any possibility of recasting, are still being worked out. Jason is a hub character who affects many other story lines.
Burton tweeted to his fans Tuesday morning: “Morning. Just wanted to thank all of you for your support over the years. You are amazing. It’s been an incredible 21 yrs of my life.THANK YOU” READ FULL STORY »
James Franco’s guest stint — or metaphysical investigation into the hall-of-mirrors recursion of celebrity, take your pick — on General Hospital was one of the few times in recent history that daytime television broke out into mainstream discussion, and it’s hard to argue that the spotlight wasn’t a boon for the genre.
Soap operas, like regular operas and (thanks to John Carter) space operas, aren’t doing so well these days. Dwindling down one by one thanks to network attrition, some of these cancelled shows had been on the air long enough to almost qualify for AARP membership. So it can only be good news to fans of the format that Franco will be returning for another run, and soon. The actor’s already-announced arc on the new primetime soap Hollywood Heights has gotten a date: Franco’s first episode will debut June 29, less than two weeks after the show’s official June 18 premiere on Nick at Nite. READ FULL STORY »
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