James Franco’s new web series “Undergrads,” which the video says will air Thursday at 8 p.m. on www.jamesfrancotv.com, follows the lives of several USC students.
In an interview with MTV, Dave Franco, James Franco’s brother, said he helped film, direct and produce the web series.
“This past semester, I was working more behind the camera, and I directed, produced and wrote this Web series about college life,” Dave Franco told MTV. ” We figured, ‘[College] is crazy enough as it is; let’s just show what’s really going on.’ So we followed a handful of kids at USC throughout the semester, and the whole tone is a little strange, because it’s part documentary, part reality, part scripted.”
The trailer for the web series shows students playing Twister at a tailgate in McCarthy Quad, discussing “cuddling,” pouring beer on each other and taking shots with high-five chasers.
Dave Franco said the web series, which he hopes will grab the attention of FX, Showtime or HBO, accurately portrays life at USC.
“I went to USC, and watching this footage, I can attest that this is really what it’s like. This is what happens on a typical night,” Dave Franco told MTV.
As of publication, Dave Franco was unavailable for comment.
Michael L. Jackson, USC vice president for student affairs, released the following statement today in response to a preview of the show.
“The University of Southern California does not endorse nor did it authorize the web series ‘Undergrads.’
The scenes in the series trailer could have been filmed on many college campuses. More accurately representative of USC are the students who provide hundreds of hours in community service, who rank among the country’s most academically and artistically gifted, and who value diversity in cultures, nationalities and socio-economic backgrounds among their peers.”