Whitney Matheson, USA TODAY
As I mentioned this morning, James Franco has been hinting at a return to television. What exactly could the man who has starred on both Freaks and Geeks and General Hospital be up to?
Now we know: This fall Ovation, the arts-themed cable network, will debut James Franco Presents, a series focused on Franco's artistic works and interests.
From the network:
From his gallery exhibits to his students' films, the innovative series will provide an exclusive opportunity to hear Mr. Franco's point of view on his most personal passion projects, most of which have not been seen by the public. ... Thousands of hours from Mr. Franco's personal video library will be showcased, including video diaries, documentary footage from his most ambitious art films and interactions with his heroes from every artistic genre.
While it sounds like James Franco Presents will be more about James Franco than anyone else, we can always hope for random appearances by his famous artist friends, like Marina Abramovic.
Then again, even if the show just focuses on Franco's visual art and avant-garde films like Interior. Leather Bar., I'd be just as likely to tune in.
Franco describes the series as "an art show that is an art piece, meaning the show has synced with the rhythms of my life and work."
While Franco-philes are waiting for its November premiere, they can tune in to Comedy Central's roast of the actor on Sept. 2, which looks decidedly much more mainstream. To find out if you get the Ovation network - last year the cretins at Time Warner dropped it in my area - head to www.ovationtv.com.