James Franco continues his scorched-earth march through Hollywood, this time setting his sights on Fox‘s primetime with a two-episode story arc on the network’s The Mindy Project, starting with the show’s season debut September 17. This time Franco — who, Fox assures us, is one of the most celebrated actors of his generation — plays a charismatic OBGYN named Dr. Paul Leotard, who replaces Mindy (Mindy Kaling) while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission. Seems Leotard is a former fashion model — seriously — who accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school. (Read Fox’s announcement after the jump.)
You’ll remember, recently Franco announced he’s going to be roasted by Viacom-owned cable network Comedy Central on Labor Day. “Hey ya’ll wassup I’m gonna get roasted on Comedy Central be sure to check it out. They wanted me to tell you that — a’ight hahaha,” he mumbled at his legions of followers. Then he slowly ran his tongue over his teeth. Comedy Central, in its announcement, said it would tape the roast of the “Academy-nominated actor-director-writer-producer-artist” next month in LA. And, in one of those incredible coincidences, the Franco-co-directed documentary about Franco, called Francophrenia, will debut exclusively on Comedy Central digital and VOD platforms immediately after the network telecasts the roast.
But Franco always will be best known, in TV circles, for his breathtakingly bored performance as co-host of the Academy Awards a few years back.
JAMES FRANCO SET TO GUEST-STAR ON TWO-EPISODE ARC OF “THE MINDY PROJECT”
BEGINNING WITH SEASON PREMIERE TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, ON FOX
Actor and filmmaker James Franco will guest-star in the season premiere of THE MINDY PROJECT airing Tuesday, Sept. 17 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) and continue his two-episode arc in the season’s second episode, Tuesday, Sept. 24 (9:30-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX.
Franco will play DR. PAUL LEOTARD, the charismatic and popular doctor who replaces MINDY (Mindy Kaling) at Shulman & Associates while she is in Haiti on a volunteer mission. A former professional fashion model, Dr. Leotard radically altered his career goals after he accidentally walked off a runway at fashion week and was saved by a pregnant woman. From that day forward, he devoted himself to helping pregnant women and immediately applied to medical school.
One of the most celebrated actors of his generation, James Franco is perhaps best known for his Academy Award-nominated performance as mountain climber Aron Ralston in the acclaimed 2010 feature “127 Hours.” Equally adept at comedy as he is at drama, Franco also has starred in several box office comedy hits, including “This is the End” and “Pineapple Express.” Other starring roles in films include “Oz the Great and Powerful,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Spider-Man” franchise. Franco’s breakthrough starring role was on the now-classic TV series “Freaks and Geeks,” and he continues to appear on the small screen in series such as “Hollywood Heights” and “General Hospital.” Franco will also be seen in his own feature adaptation of William Faulkner’s “As I Lay Dying,” which he directed.
Heading into its sophomore season, THE MINDY PROJECT, is a single-camera comedy from Emmy Award-nominated writer/producer and New York Times best-selling author Mindy Kaling (“The Office”) that follows a skilled OB/GYN (Kaling) trying to balance both her personal and professional life.
THE MINDY PROJECT is produced by 3 Arts Entertainment in association with Universal Television. The series is created and written by Mindy Kaling. Kaling, Howard Klein, Matt Warburton, Michael Spiller and Jack Burditt are executive producers. “Like” THE MINDY PROJECT on Facebook at http://www.Facebook.com/TheMindyProject. Follow the series on Twitter @MindyProjectFOX and join the discussion at #themindyproject.