General Hospital Books James Franco for 'Longterm' Encore

Film vet, performance artist and jack-of-all-trades James Franco is checking back in at ABC’s General Hospital — and this time for seemingly a long stretch.

Two Beloved Vets Return for One Life to Live‘s Broadcast Finale

Franco first dipped his toe into the daytime TV waters in November 2009, with a brief GH arc as Robert “Franco” Frank, a serial killer-slash!-performance artist who wanted mob muscle Jason, bad. Franco has returned intermittently since, but starting Sept. 20 he is on board for a “longterm” story, TV Guide Magazine reports — and just as Jason (played by Steve Burton) is set to wed Sam (Kelly Monaco).

An ABC rep tells TVGM‘s Michael Logan that Franco is poised to uncork his “most twisted plan yet,” one that might rope in Maxie, Carly, and the latter’s baby girl.

All My Children Vet Jumps to The Young and the Restless

Oscar-nommed for last year’s 127 Hours, Franco next can be seen in Rise of the Planet of the Apes (hitting theaters August 5), and then on Broadway this fall in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ Sweet Bird of Youth — making his GH encore and the timing/duration of it all the more impressive.

It’s Official: All My Children and One Life to Live Will Live On, Online – But Will You Watch?

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