ended its one-season run on NBC, James Franco is slipping back into Daniel Desario’s iconic skater hat for the second season of his mashup-centric AOL series
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] is that I don’t choose the shows we mash up,” Franco tells TVLine. “People wanted
, so we had to give it to them. It sort of added a layer of weirdness to have me in it, but it’s not like we’re taking what we’re doing very seriously, so I was happy to take on the role of Daniel again. There wasn’t much pressure.”
, which found Franco’s team mashing up iconic scenes and themes from the big screen, Season 2 of the AOL series — which officially premiered online Wednesday — is all about TV shows.
We really just wanted to shake things up. Instead of doing more top-20 or top-40 favorite movie scenes, why not go into television? It seems like so many people are watching television now. We could stick with the same concept from Season 1, but have fresh material.
There were definitely some I was more familiar with than others. I haven’t watched much
, though I’m pretty aware of what it’s all about. I also haven’t watched much
go back and watch a few episodes, but if you asked me what it was about, I’d say … girls gossiping? About boys, and each other? Our
happens to be a western, so it’s less about spoofing the show and more about trying to make sense of the mashup.
this season, have you given any thought to where Daniel Desario might be today?
I remember Paul [Feig] and Judd [Apatow] saying that, if the show went on, we’d have to graduate. Daniel could probably stay back a couple of years, but he’d have to graduate eventually, then probably just drive the pizza truck around town. I’d like to think he kept his punk ambitions and played in a band.
got mashed up with a sitcom, so it kind of became this
situation where I talk to the camera as Jon Snow, doing very un-Jon Snow-like things. That’s probably the weirdest one, but also the best.
Yeah. I’ve been binge-watching a lot of TV recently; I watched all five seasons of
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