James Franco, General Hospital
Screw convention. Though James Franco has a red-hot movie career in progress — he'll be seen this summer opposite Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love and as the famous gay Beat poet Allen Ginsberg in the upcoming Howl — this anything-goes actor returns to General Hospital June 30 for his second round of hell-raising and kinky perversion. His role: A sociopathic performance artist, also named Franco, who is obsessed with Port Charles mobster Jason Morgan (Steve Burton). In fact, Franco is so eager to get the hunky hit man's attention that he's about to stage his most outrageously psychotic exhibit yet — at L.A.'s Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). What's behind the guy's creepy fixation? And why would an actor of Franco's caliber be spending so much time on a daytime soap? TV Guide Magazine sat down with the star to find out why he's such a show-biz nonconformist...
Zach Braff (reprising his animated big-screen alter ego, Chicken Little), James Woods (as Hades), Mena Suvari (as Final Fantasy VII's Aerith), Rachael Leigh Cook, Brittany Snow, Jesse McCartney and General Hospital's Steve Burton are some of the many stars lending their voices to the video game Disney's Kingdom Hearts II, in stores March 30.
Rick checks back into General Hospital
Here's a blast from the past: "Jessie's Girl" rocker Rick Springfield returns to General Hospital as Dr. Noah Drake on Dec. 2. Last seen in 1983, Noah returns for about four episodes to help Dr. Robin Scorpio (Kimberly McCullough) treat her ex-boyfriend Jason's (Steve Burton) brain damage. No doubt he'll also reminisce with Nurse Bobbie (Jackie Zeman) about their long-ago romance. “I guess there was a reason why they didn’t kill Noah off in the ‘80s," Springfield cracks. "This should be fun. I’m looking forward to it.”
General Hospital fans still are reeling from the news that Jennifer Bransford has been fired and replaced with Guiding Light star Laura Wright. So is Bransford, who had played Mafia minx Carly Corinthos Alcazar for less than five months before the ax fell quite suddenly. "It was definitely unexpected and surreal that they were recasting," she admits to TVGuide.com. "I only found out about a week and a half before my last day, which was [Sept. 9]. You'd have to ask the show why they made this choice.""Jennifer's casting in the role of Carly did not work out," a GH rep acknowledged without offering any specifics. "She is a consummate actress and she's good at what she does. We wish her all the best in her future endeavors."Two wildly popular actresses, Sarah Joy Brown and Tamara Braun, portrayed the tempestu
Did TVGuide.com call it or what? ABC is now officially confirming that Daytime Emmy winner Kimberly McCullough will return to General Hospital as Robin Scorpio. She first airs in the Oct. 12 episode, when Robin is summoned home from Paris for an emergency. Naturally she'll reconnect with old flame Jason (Steve Burton). "I am filled with eager anticipation to return to the role of Robin Scorpio," McCullough said in a statement. "It is so flattering to know that, after all these years, GH fans are still excited about Robin coming back to Port Charles. I can't wait to be back with my family again."
McCullough's daytime return comes as a surprise, albeit a pleasant one, considering her prime-time success. Since leaving GH, she's booked memorable gigs on series including Joan of Arcadia, The Shield, CSI and ER