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James Franco gets artsy with Ovation channel

Posted 1:13pm on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

LOS ANGELES – James Franco is coming back to TV, but this time it’s not for a soap opera or the Academy Awards.

The Ovation channel said Wednesday that it’s joining with the actor-writer-filmmaker on a new series, James Franco Presents.

Ovation said the series will document Franco’s explorations of the art world, including his gallery exhibits and other “passion projects.” The prime-time series also will include Franco’s “heroes” in various areas of the arts, the channel said.

The film actor has dabbled in TV since his breakout role in the series Freaks and Geeks in 1999, with appearances on General Hospital and hosting the 2011 Oscars with Anne Hathaway. James Franco Presents will debut this fall on Ovation.

It’s not just movies, TV, and visual art that hold his interest. Franco received a master’s degree in writing from Brooklyn College and published a collection of short stories, Palo Alto, in 2010.

His literary interests almost brought him to Texas. He was accepted as a doctoral student in the University of Houston’s creative writing program in 2011. However, he ended up not going.

“His plans do not permit him to enroll in the doctoral program this fall,” said James Kastely, the director of UH’s creative writing program, to the Houston Chronicle in 2012. “The problem is, he’s just very busy.”

Cary Darling contributed to this report

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