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Casting Corner: Law & Order: Los Angeles, SVU and More

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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.

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TV Talk: Sarah Ferguson Talks Scandal, Real Housewives Son Arrested

Sarah Ferguson-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.


VIDEO: James Franco Explains General Hospital Job


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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Getting Into Character: James Franco on General Hospital


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, 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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Daytime Dish: General Hospital Milking James Franco

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 .

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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ABC/Disney Shows Coming to Hulu

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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 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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This Week on TV (8/25-8/31)

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MONDAY (8/25)
  • General Hospital (ABC, check local listings):  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?

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Daytime Dish: Vincent Pastore Comes to General Hospital

Vincent PastoreIf you’re still trying to recover from the loss of , 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 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.

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Genie Francis Returning to General Hospital

Genie Francis ReturnsGenie Francis, one half of daytime’s famed duo ‘Luke and Laura’, is returning to , albeit briefly.

Francis will reprise her role as “Laura"on the soap beginning August 26. Francis told the Associated Press the stint will be short and will deal mainly with her relationship with daughter Lulu Spencer (played by Emmy-nominated actress Julie Marie Berman). Genie Francis also indicated that she would resurrect her role as Laura on a more permanent basis if offered. “I would stay on, but General Hospital honestly doesn’t seem to want that relationship with this character at the moment. They want little short doses during sweeps periods. It’s not entirely up to me. I’m thrilled and delighted my audience stands behind me. If they didn’t, you can be sure I wouldn’t get to come back for these visits.”

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Daytime Dish: Port Charles Welcomes Back Tristan Rogers

Tristan RogersAs if Robin needed more stress during her pregnancy.

Last week, we told you that Antonio Sabato Jr. would be visiting SOAPnet’s General Hospital: Night Shift this summer. His character, Jagger Cates, would serve as a reminder to Robin about her first love, Stone. Now another figure from Dr. Scorpio’s past will be checking into Port Charles: her father, Robert Scorpio.

When Season 2 of Night Shift premieres, GH alum Tristan Rogers will find himself admitted for “a major health issue that’ll have him grappling with his mortality.” (That ‘health issue’ must be going around; I think Luke Spencer caught it last year.) His stay at General Hospital will not only allow Robin to bond with her dad/patient, it will finally give Robert a chance to address his daughter’s HIV-positive status.

Could Tristan Rogers’ appearance also mean a possible reunion between him and Finola Hughes (Anna Devane)? Let’s hope! kicks off sometime this July.

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