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22 July 10th, 2013 James Franco To Be Roasted By Comedy Central! General Hospital-Inspired Francophrenia To Air Immediately Following On Their Digital Platforms!


Score another new adventure for James Franco! The multi-tasking, multi-talented performer is now being roasted by Comedy Central!  Franco will be on the hot seat on an episode that airs on Labor Day for the comedy network’s annual roast.

According to the L.A. Times, “The special, which will tape in Los Angeles in August, will feature stars, comedians and others taking humorous, sharp-edged aim at Franco. “If only James Franco was a more successful, multi-hyphenated incessant creative risk-taker in different media, he’d be the perfect person to roast,” said Kent Alterman, president of content development and original programming for Comedy Central. “Oh well … I suppose we’ll just have to make do.”  Said Franco: “I’ve dreamed about this Roast for as long as I can remember.”

However, there is a big perk for General Hospital and soap fans who never got the opportunity to see James Franco’s 90-minute documentary film  “Francophrenia”.   Now you can get a front row seat to James’  GH experience, immediately following the broadcast of the roast on Comedy Central, when the network makes “Francophrenia” available for viewing on their digital and VOD platforms!

So if someone from GH should roast James, who should that be?  Will you be checking out  “Francophrenia”?  Do you miss James Franco’s portrayal of “Franco” now that he has been recast by Roger Howarth?  Share your thoughts below!

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  1. Susan Tucker says:

    Roger Hawthorn is a GREAT actor and love his acting but I still think he would have been better as an Alcazar on GH James Franco made that role and I just don’t believe ANYONE should have taken it over :) Just my opion :)


    Amber replied

    AGREE !


    Tali replied

    Good opinion! I agree, both are great actors but they shouldn’t imitate the other even if it is flattering!


    Susan Tucker replied

    I spelled Roger’s last name wrong sorry should have been Hawthorne Was thinking of someone else when I was talking about him lol


    Maggie Klorman replied

    I agree Roger Hawthorn will always be Todd, and making him blond is soooo stupid.


    CTwildheart replied

    It’s Roger Howarth. And I agree.


    Lisa replied

    I liked James Franco much better on GH than Roger. Nothing against Roger but it is like night and day. James Franco made him much more darker and freakier


    su0000 replied

    duh .. this Franco is not suppose to be as the old Franco, this is RC’s and RH’s Franco, do not compare them they are not the same and not suppose to be the same as the Franco that was Franco’s.. :)

    The ‘Q’ Franco does not act like nor do anything the short lived Franco did ..

    RH is knocking his Franco out of the park, and much more to come, nobody knows how this Franco will grow and what he will do in the future, nobody knows.. :)

    sharon replied

    i think either Anthony geary or rodger howarth would be candidates to roast james….


  2. su0000 says:

    LOL I am looking forward to watching it!!!

    also; I love RC’s view/creation of Franco played by RH !!!!
    The new Franco does not do anything the original did ..


  3. vicki says:

    While James Franco put on a great performance as Franco, I hated the character. Not in the sense of “love to hate”…. just simply hate. Wish he never existed, ruined everything kind of hate. He was too dark and too creepy and icky. Roger knows how to make an icky character someone that you want to sorta root for. As in, “Come on dude, you should know better…”

    As for who should roast from GH… definitely Steve Burton or Kelly Monaco… maybe even Laura Wright or Chad Duell….


    Meghan replied

    I completely agree with you that I did not like the original Franco character. I love James Franco and think he did an awesome job with what was written but I thought the character was too dark and disturbing, which really is a tribute to James Franco, that he was able to bring that to the screen. The new version of “Franco” played by Roger Howarth is…interesting. I love Roger and think again that he is doing a great job with what he is being given but I am basically looking at them as two different characters, that’s the only way that I can do it without being frustrated.


  4. Kristen says:

    I enjoy James as Franco, Roger is a great actor, but I miss him as Todd Manning. First person who comes to mind to roast him is whoever plays Carly.


  5. Lisa Brown says:

    “Todd” is doing a great job as Franco, but I think James Franco originated this role and it would have been even better if he was able to ply Franco!!~ Don’t get me wrong..Roger Howarh is great in any role he plays, but James is “Franco”!!!!


  6. Christi says:

    I look forward to seeing this on Comedy Central!! I really, really miss James as Robert Frank on GH… he was such an intriguing mix of dark and creepy and scary and beautiful.. beautiful on the outside, evil on the inside. I thought he died wayyy to easy when Jason shot him.. so I was really hoping he would come back for at least one more really well written round…… when RH took over the role, I had mixed feelings, cause I wanted James back, but I thought maybe they will do something interesting with this character… but THIS isn’t even remotely Franco at all, so I am EXTREMELY disappointed. This isn’t Franco, this is Todd.. and to make it even worste, they are completely re-writing everything and trying to redeem him. I don’t want them to try to redeem Franco.. if RH is going to play Franco, he needs to play FRANCO and RC needs to WRITE Franco.


  7. Christi says:

    Want to add I would love for Steve Burton or Kelly Monaco to roast him :)


  8. jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    Britt doesnt know him but she was good at roasting a doll…lol


  9. Doe says:

    As I have said before, Anyone playing Franco cannot and should not try to be him. Franco is one of a kind. And I do mean James. Roger Howarth is still Todd Manning no matter which way you cut it! Blonde hair and and all does not do it for me! Roger, go back to Lanview where you created an outstanding Todd Manning……


  10. aria says:

    he will probably want his bff steve The liar Burton and JFP.


  11. CTwildheart says:

    I think it should be Steve Burton! And I am looking forward to seeing Francophilia!


  12. Paula Kate Meserole says:

    I am really having trouble with Franco’s return on GH. I love Roger Howarth, but really having trouble accepting him as Franco. Oh well…. I support General Hospital fully and have for the last half century and so as far as the recast of Franco….it’s too late to worry about it now.


  13. Lynn says:

    Yes, I miss James Franco as Franco, however, Roger Howarth is also doing an amazing job as Franco! They are totally different people and have played this character differently but, I enjoy both! I am hoping to see some of the General Hospital Cast on the Roast.


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