HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS (previously titled REACH FOR A STAR) is a daily scripted series based on the wildly popular Televisa telenovela, ALCANZAR UNA ESTRELLA. The new soap will debut in primetime on Nick at Nite in June. The 80 one-hour episodes currently in production will star Brittany Underwood (ONE LIFE TO LIVE), Melissa Ordway, Cody Longo and Justin Wilczynski.
Actor James Franco will also be joining the cast of HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS in a multi-episode arc.
Franco will be playing the role of Osborne "Oz" Silver - a passionate, intense eccentric movie mogul who lives life to the fullest, often outrageously. Funny, offbeat, seductive, ruthless when he has to be, Oz adores the moviemaking process and does whatever it takes to make the films he wants.
HOLLYWOOD HEIGHTS is a co-production with Televisa and is being produced by Sony Television. The series will be co-executive produced by six-time Emmy Award-winner Jill Farren Phelps (GENERAL HOSPITAL, SANTA BARBARA) and Hisham Abed (THE HILLS; THE CITY). Josh Griffith (THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS; AS THE WORLD TURNS) will serve as head writer.