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Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 11/ 3/2010

James Franco takes on cultural juggernaut 'Three's Company'

By Liz Kelly

One iteration of the 'Three's Company' cast: Don Knotts, Joyce DeWitt, Richard Kline, John Ritter, Suzanne Somers and Ann Wedgeworth. (Nick at Night)

Apparently, nothing is sacred to James Franco. Or everything is. Either way, I'm okay with it because it results in him doing things like enrolling in four graduate degree programs simultaneously, volunteering himself as a guest star on "General Hospital," posing in drag and directing creatively-named short films. (You'll have to Google that last one to get the NSFW title.)

His latest project? "Three's Company: The Drama," which is described in a press release from the Sundance Institute as "a multi-media examination of the classic '70s sitcom."

The release goes on:

"Television has undoubtedly shaped our world: our increased exposure to dramatic entertainment, the shapes of our houses, the shape of the time in our day. In this piece James Franco hopes to pull television from the box and view it from 'a slightly oblique perspective.'"

I'm not sure what that means, but I'm hoping it will lead to utterly absurd over-analysis of Jack's relationship with Chrissie and Janet, Mr. Roper's homophobia, Larry's misogyny, proto-cougar Mrs. Roper, the addition of Don Knotts to the show, the decor of the Regal Beagle, the dynamics of '70s sitcoms, canned laughter and why Suzanne Somers now takes upwards of 60 vitamins a day and injects estrogen directly into her [redacted].

Oh, and it wouldn't hurt Franco to include this "Rear Window"/"Three's Company" mash-up:

Source: Sundance Institute

By Liz Kelly  | November 3, 2010; 12:41 PM ET
Categories:  Celebrities, Hollyweird  | Tags:  James Franco  
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The man is fascinating. I don't understand half of what he does, but he's always interesting to watch.

Posted by: Bawlmer51 | November 3, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, Bawlmer.

Posted by: Nosy_Parker | November 3, 2010 2:50 PM | Report abuse

I'm confused by the non-Janet brunette in the picture. Who is she?

Posted by: agh22 | November 3, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

AGH22, you juat flunked pop culture 101. That is Lana. She had the hots for Jack, and Furley had the hots for her. Jack really didn't care for her man hungry ways.

Posted by: epjd | November 3, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

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