James Franco isn’t a stranger to the television world, but now he’s about to delve into it on a full-time basis. It’s being reported that the actor-artist-musician-professor-performance artist is receiving his own television series documenting his time in the art world.
Earlier in his career he got his start on the short-lived series Freaks and Geeks, and in recently years he’s even made his fair share of guest appearances on shows like General Hospital, 30 Rock, and The Mindy Project. Now he’s on a whole other level when it comes to intersecting mediums for the sake of art.
Monday night James took to Instagram to post a photo of his face manipulated onto the famous painting of Mona Lisa, with a scribbled mustache and devil horns, and a caption that read “New TV Series About Art Duuuh.” Back then we didn’t know if this was a web series that would take place on his channel JamesFrancoTV, or if this was being shopped to a network. It seems as though it was the latter.
The show which is called “James Franco Presents” will debut in the fall on Ovation, an arts-themed cable network. The network gave a statement about Franco’s new show:
“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.”
In the past Franco has appeared on television for the sake of art. Last year he collaborated with performance artist Marina Abramovic for the series Iconoclasts. During the episode she covered his body in gold paste.
As for his own show, he described it as, “an art show that is an art piece, meaning the show has synced with the rhythms of my life and work.”
The show will premiere in November. To find out if you have Ovation, click here.