Thursday, October 1, 2009


Released by Allison Waldman/TV Squad

In the biggest casting shocker since Elizabeth Taylor appeared on General Hospital as Helena Cassadine, movie star James Franco is joining General Hospital for a couple of months as a mystery man who comes to Port Charles. Although not confirmed by the show, it's likely that Franco will be playing Vlad Cassadine, another member of that evil family that vexes the citizens of Port Chuck. His first airdate is November 20.

Why would Franco, who's busy with movies and has appeared in Spider-Man, The Pineapple Express, Milk and other hits, take a role on a daytime soap? There's no word from the actor yet, but it could be that they threw a lot of money at him. There's also the possibility that he's a soap opera fan and thought it would be a lark. Ummm, I'm thinking it's more likely the former.

ABC daytime, as all of daytime, is struggling to keep the ratings high. Surely a stunt like this will bring in viewers. That's not just on ABC; that's SoapNet, too, where GH is repurposed daily and on the weekends.

If Franco is Vlad Cassadine, he's already causing trouble. The character kidnapped Luke and imprisoned Helena (now played by Constance Towers). The good part will be Franco going toe to toe with Tony Geary.

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