Seth Rogen And James Franco Are Going Back To Their Roots With New Hulu Series

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One of the most killer comedy teams in showbiz today has to be Seth Rogen and James Franco, who have worked together on a variety of projects going all the way back to Freaks and Geeks in 1999. Now, the duo is teaming up yet again for a brand new project that will take them back to their high school TV show roots. Rogen and Franco are developing a teen drama set in the 1990s for none other than Hulu.

The script for the prospective series is being written by author and online personality Kelly Oxford, who made a name for herself on the social media circuit, with her Twitter account making Time's list for the 140 best Twitter feeds twice. James Franco and Seth Rogen are attached as executive producers. Variety reports that Rogen's frequent collaborator Evan Goldberg is on board in an executive producer role as well.

Few details are currently available about the plot of the series, should it move forward. It doesn't even seem to have a name just yet. Interestingly, the project is described as a drama, not a comedy or even dramedy. James Franco and Seth Rogen have worked together on many occasions, but almost exclusively on comedies. We'll have to wait and see if the Hulu show takes a comedic slant as it moves further into development or if it will truly be a departure for Franco and Rogen as a duo.

We can only cross our fingers that this high school show is on par with Seth Rogen and James Franco's first high school show. The two appeared as actors on Freaks and Geeks, which tragically lasted only a single season. The show was a hit with critics and has become something of a cult classic in the years since its cancellation, and it deserves credit for launching the careers of several comedic stars, including both Rogen and Franco. There will be inevitable differences, as Freaks and Geeks was set in the early 1980s rather than the 1990s, and there will presumably be fewer laugh-out-loud moments in the new project, but I'm betting it will still be worth watching.

Seth Rogen and James Franco are currently only slated to work on the Hulu show behind the scenes, so we may never seen them acting on the show. We'll have to wait and see what happens. Hopefully the combination of their experiences with crafting hits and Kelly Oxford's unique writing style will be enough to create a hit for Hulu.

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Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel, but will sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation.