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PEOPLE IN BRIEF: James Franco returning to ABC's 'General Hospital'

LOS ANGELES -- James Franco is checking back in to ''General Hospital.''

The ''Pineapple Express'' and ''Spider-Man'' actor who guest-starred last fall on ABC's soap opera will return in the role of a bad-boy performance artist -- who happens to be named Franco.

The executive producer of ''General Hospital,'' Jill Farren Phelps, said in a statement Tuesday that Franco was coming to Port Charles to take care of ''unfinished business.''

Franco's first ''General Hospital'' episode will air June 30. He's also appearing this summer in the movie ''Eat Pray Love,'' starring Julia Roberts.

Jay-Z, Beyonce to compete at BET Awards

NEW YORK -- Rapper Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce, will compete in three categories at the 2010 BET Awards.

They're both nominated for video of the year, best collaboration and viewers' choice. Jay-Z received two nominations in the video of the year category, which includes newcomers B.o.B and Melanie Fiona.

Jay-Z is the top contender with five nominations; he's also up for best male hip-hop artist. Beyonce, Fiona and Alicia Keys, who follow with four nods each, are all up for best R&B female artist. R&B crooner Trey Songz also received four nominations.

Queen Latifah will host the awards show, which airs live June 27 from the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Source: CBS canceling 'Cold Case,' 6 other series

LOS ANGELES -- CBS is moving aggressively to shake up its 2010-11 season, canceling ''Cold Case,'' ''Ghost Whisperer'' and five other series.

According to a person familiar with the changes, other canceled shows include ''Numb3rs,'' ''The New Adventures of Old Christine,'' ''Gary Unmarried,'' ''Miami Medical'' and ''Accidentally on Purpose.'' The person, who wasn't authorized to discuss the changes publicly, spoke on condition of anonymity.

The wholesale axings came as a surprise, given the respectable ratings earned by some of the shows and CBS' standing as the most-watched network.