James Franco


James Franco sure is earning his hyphenates.

The actor-author-artist-poet-student-teacher-director-Renaissance man—in other words, your average Hollywood underachiever—has never met a quirky or ambitious project that he wanted to take on. The star is now about add one more title to his burgeoning résumé: TV impresario.

On Monday night, Franco—who's appeared in TV shows like Freaks and Geeks and General Hospital—posted a cryptic Instagram photo that hinted at his return to the boob tube.

In the snapshot, the 35-year-old actor's face is Photoshopped onto the Mona Lisa with the words "New TV series about art Duuuh" scribbled across it.

"They don't want me to say the channel yet, don't know why," he captioned the post. "But I guess you'll find out Wednesday."

James Franco, Cannes

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It's unclear whether the actor will appear in the show or will serve as its behind-the-scenes mastermind—or both.

Flag this as yet another fascinating entry in the star's eccentric and busy playbook.

In January, he hit up the Sundance Film Festival in Utah to promote his fetish-fueled short film Interior. Leather. Bar., an S&M fantasia inspired by raunchy footage that was reportedly excised from the 1980 Al Pacino gay-sex thriller Cruising.

Franco is also ramping up production on Palo Alto Stories, a three-part film anthology based on his eponymous book chronicling his high-school experiences. And he can credit his fans with helping him get that off the ground: In June, Franco launched a crowdfunding campaign to help finance the film.

The results were anything but measly: The campaign helped raise $327,000 for the project.

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