At this point it's safe to say that James Franco really does love General Hospital! A rep for the ABC soap tells TV Guide Magazine that the Oscar-nominated actor and ...
Daytime's most controversial — and, now, precarious — soap is ABC's General Hospital and it has a new head writer. His name is Garin Wolf and he's been on the GH team since 1997. This isn't his first time as chief scribe — Wolf helmed the soap during the Writers Guild strike of 2007-08 — but this is certainly his most critical stint. (You'll see his work begin to air the week of July 25.) Can Wolf save GH from being swallowed whole by Katie Couric? Can he redeem child-killer Luke Spencer? Will he cut back on the mobsters? TV Guide Magazine spoke with Wolf to get a preview of things to come.
Renaissance man James Franco can add another hyphen to the string of titles preceding his name: musician...
Brian J. Smith and Robert Patrick
Red Faction: Origins (Saturday, 9/8c, Syfy)
Not a cheesy sharktopus in sight, as Syfy's Saturday-night movie franchise turns to the world of video games for inspiration. Intended as a narrative bridge between the Red Factions: Guerilla game and the Armageddon sequel to be released Tuesday, Origins stars Stargate Universe's Brian J. Smith as Jake Mason, the last surviving son of the rebel hero (Robert Patrick) who led the Martian colonies to freedom. Jake's mission: to seek justice against the enemies that killed his...
Susan Lucci, Farmville
Soap opera fans — and Hoover — can go ahead and blame ABC's head of daytime Brian Frons for the death of All My Children and One Life to Live. Two weeks ago, he pulled the trigger, ending 40 years worth of storytelling, and further enraging fans by announcing in the same breath that both series would be replaced by cheaper-to-produce talk shows.
Susan Lucci on All My Children's cancellation: "I was completely blindsided"
It's true that soaps don't make as much money as they used to, but why? Are there culprits to blame beyond network executives needing to cut costs? We point a finger at several other guilty parties in the death of the serial:
Academy Award statue
The 84th Academy Awards will be held Sunday, Feb. 26, Academy President Tom Sherak announced Tuesday.
The announcement ends speculation that the show might move to an earlier date to maintain suspense in categories that sometimes seem like ...
Who let the dog out? Emmy winner Bruce Weitz (of Hill Street Blues fame) is back on General Hospital as hilarious mob don Anthony Zacchara. Though the character has been in prison for the last two years — supposedly with a life sentence — he gets out this week with nothing but evil (and women!) on his mind. TV Guide Magazine gabbed with Weitz to get the lowdown on Zacchara's return and what's next for the manic mad man...
Vincent Irizarry, John Aniston
Nominations for the 38th annual Daytime Emmy Awards won't be announced until May 11 but we can tell you right now which soaps are most likely to land in the Outstanding Daytime Drama competition. Here's a look at what each of the seven serials submitted for the top prize and how they stack up.
All My Children (episode 10,505; airdate November 23, 2010)
A strong, crackling hour during which Dr. David Hayward — not dead after all — walks into the courtroom during his murder trial and shocks the snot out of everyone in Pine Valley. Oddly, there are no out-of-the-park performances here but the noir-ish flashbacks detailing how the dastardly doc (played by fan fave Vincent Irizarry) faked his demise and tried to frame his rival Ryan are exceptionally well crafted and quite riveting. The stuff of grand memories? Not really. But this is good, solid work and in some years (like this one) that's more than enough to put a show in the race.
Pia Toscano, Ryan Seacrest
Our top moments of the week:
14. Best Discovery: When Mrs. McCluskey finds an unconscious Andrew on her couch on Desperate Housewives, instead of acting concerned, she acts like, well, Mrs. McCluskey. She calls Bree and gives her a hint of the problem — "It reeks of Mai Tais, and you gave birth to it." "If I wanted a drunk homo on my couch," she continues, "I would have married my college boyfriend." Apparently, warmth and sensitivity are so 2009 on Wisteria Lane.
13. Butt Out Award: Rejected from her and her mother's dream school — Berkeley — Amber completely unravels after a classmate asks her about her college plans at...
Late Night With David Letterman, James Franco, David Letterman
James Franco says he was not under the influence of drugs on Oscar night -- he only wishes he had been.
The actor dropped by Late Show with David Letterman to discuss the backlash he's experienced from co-hosting this year's Academy Awards with Anne Hathaway. (His appearance will air Friday.) Letterman, who emceed the show in 1995, was all sympathy.