‘11.22.63’ on Hulu: James Franco time-travels in new J.J. Abrams/Stephen King limited series

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Hulu’s new limited series “11.22.63” is a genre fan’s dream come true as sci-fi/horror titans J.J. Abrams (“Lost,” “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) and Stephen King (“The Shining,” “The Stand”) come together for the first time. In their eight-part series, airing Mondays on Hulu beginning President’s Day, James Franco embarks on a wildly entertaining yet heroic quest to stop the assassination of John F. Kennedy.

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Franco plays Jake Epping, an English teacher who gets the opportunity to travel back to the 1960s in order to save JFK and make the present-day world a better place. Among the supporting cast, Chris Cooper portrays Al Templeton, the man who gets Jake involved in the quest, Daniel Webber is JFK’s would-be assassin Lee Harvey Oswald, Cherry Jones is Marguerite Oswald, T.R. Knight is Johnny Clayton and Josh Duhamel is Frank Dunning.

Thursday night in Westwood, Hulu staged an extravagant red carpet premiere and after-party that transported the attendees back in time to the 1960s. Political posters of John F. Kennedy and Richard Nixon hung from the walls, there were tailor shop and hotel facades, old black-and-white tube TVs, a grocery store set-up and even a phone booth — where the heck did they find one of those?

Guests drank era-inspired drinks and ate old-fashioned diner burgers, fries and donuts as passed hors d’oeuvres included homegrown bites like meatballs and chicken potpies. Food actually plays an important part in the 90-minute “11.22.63” pilot, particularly those diner burgers that Cooper’s character serves to Franco.

Many of the cast members and crew, including showrunner Bridget Carpenter, were in attendance as they mingled with guests and Hulu executives. We’re even told that Franco (who’s also a producer) came to town specifically for the premiere, then had to run back to continue filming another project. Talk about dedication. Emmys, are you paying attention?

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“11.22.63” airs Mondays on Hulu. Are YOU excited for the new limited series? Have your say in our TV forum, which is filled with many Hollywood famous folk who hide behind screen names.

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