Hotel (U.S. TV Series)
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Hotel
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Created byAaron Spelling
Developed byJohn Furia, Jr.
Barry Oringer
StarringAnne Baxter
James Brolin
Connie Sellecca
Shea Farrell
Nathan Cook
Michael Spound
Heidi Bohay
Shari Belafonte
Music byHenry Mancini
Country of originUnited States
Original English
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes114
Production
Running time60 minutes
Production Aaron Spelling Productions
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution (original distributor)
CBS Television Distribution (current distributor)
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1983 (1983-09-21) -
May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)

Hotel is an American prime time soap drama series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty.

Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name (which had also inspired a 1967 feature film), the series was produced by Aaron Spelling and set in the elegant and fictitious St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco (changed from the New Orleans setting of the novel and film). Establishing shots of the hotel were filmed in front of The Fairmont San Francisco atop the Nob Hill neighborhood. Episodes followed the activities of passing guests, as well as the personal and professional lives of the hotel staff.

The distribution rights to this classic '80s soap drama modern cult series was originally owned by Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution, until 2006 when CBS Paramount Network Television bought the television libraries and properties of Spelling Entertainment Inc. from Paramount Pictures Domestic Distribution and Viacom Enterprises.

Premise

Rich aristocrat Victoria Cabot (Anne Baxter) ran the St. Gregory Hotel, assisted by general manager Peter McDermott (James Brolin) and his staff. McDermott and assistant general manager Christine Francis (Connie Sellecca) became romantically involved. Halfway through the series Cabot died, leaving McDermott her share of the St. Gregory Hotel. When McDermott inherited half of the St. Gregory, he ran the hotel and promoted Francis to general manager.

Other staff members included: the charismatic guest relations director Mark Danning (Shea Farrell); ex-conman now head of hotel security, Billy Griffin (Nathan Cook); reception manager Julie Gillette (Shari Belafonte); young couple Dave and Megan Kendall (real life spouses Michael Spound and Heidi Bohay), a bellhop and a desk clerk, respectively; and Harry the bartender (Harry George Phillips). Characters Eric Lloyd (Ty Miller); Cheryl Dolan (Valerie Landsburg) and Ryan Thomas (Susan Walters) were added to the cast during its final season.

Cast members Brolin, Sellecca, Belafonte and Cook appeared in every episode of the series. In later years, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., made numerous guest appearances as an opponent of Victoria Cabot and Peter McDermott who plants his daughter, played by Michelle Phillips, in the hotel staff as the concierge.

Bette Davis appeared in the pilot episode as hotel owner Laura Trent, and publicity for the series indicated that Davis was to be a regular on the program. However, the onset of ill health forced Davis to withdraw from the series and Anne Baxter, who had played her nemesis in the 1950 film All About Eve, was brought in as Victoria Cabot, Mrs. Trent's sister-in-law. When Davis's health improved it was intended to bring her back, however, with Baxter on board fulfilling the series matriarchal role it was decided to make Davis' character an offscreen character, who though mentioned, was never seen. Ironically, Davis would outlive Baxter by four years and the series itself by over a year.[1]

Similar to Spelling's other hit ABC show, The Love Boat, episodes of Hotel relied heavily on the appearance of recognizable guest stars. However, unlike The Love Boat's comedic story lines, Hotel generally broached more serious and controversial subject matter, such as abortion, infidelity, rape, suicide, AIDS, homophobia, spousal abuse, and child molestation.

Guest stars

Episodes

Pilot

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Hotel"Jerry LondonBarry Oringer & John Furia, Jr.September 21, 1983 (1983-09-21)

Season 1 (1983-84)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
11"Blackout"Robert ScheererBill & Jo LaMondSeptember 28, 1983 (1983-09-28)001
22"Choices"Richard KinonAndrew LaskosOctober 5, 1983 (1983-10-05)004
33"Charades"Jerome CourtlandGeoffrey FisherOctober 19, 1983 (1983-10-19)002
44"Secrets"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 26, 1983 (1983-10-26)003
55"Relative Loss"Richard KinonE. Jack KaplanNovember 2, 1983 (1983-11-02)006
66"Flashback"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey Fischer & John Furia, Jr. & Barry OringerNovember 9, 1983 (1983-11-09)005
77"Confrontations"Harry HarrisJames FritzhandNovember 16, 1983 (1983-11-16)008
88"Faith, Hope & Charity"Alf KjellinThom ThomasNovember 23, 1983 (1983-11-23)007
99"Deceptions"Curtis HarringtonTBANovember 30, 1983 (1983-11-30)010
1010"The Offer"Don ChaffeyRoss Teel & Geoffrey FischerDecember 7, 1983 (1983-12-07)009
1111"Christmas"Philip LeacockMaryanne Kasica & Michael ScheffDecember 21, 1983 (1983-12-21)012
1212"Designs"Don ChaffeyJames FritzhandDecember 28, 1983 (1983-12-28)013
1313"Reflections"Vincent McEveetyRobert SwansonJanuary 4, 1984 (1984-01-04)011
1414"Tomorrows"Philip LeacockTeleplay by: Geofrey Fischer
Story by: David P. Harmon & Geoffrey Fischer
January 11, 1984 (1984-01-11)014
1515"Passages"Jerome CourtlandTeleplay by: Bill & Jo LaMond
Story by: Bill & Jo LaMond and Mann Rubin
January 18, 1984 (1984-01-18)015
1616"Mistaken Identities"Philip LeacockTeleplay by: James Fritzhand
Story by: Mann Rubin & James Fritzhand
February 1, 1984 (1984-02-01)018
1717"Wedding"Vincent McEveetyAndrew LaskosFebruary 22, 1984 (1984-02-22)019
1818"Memories"Kim FriedmanBill & Jo LaMondFebruary 29, 1984 (1984-02-29)017
1919"Encores"Curtis HarringtonThom ThomasMarch 7, 1984 (1984-03-07)016
2020"Prisms"Corey BechmanTeleplay by: Robert E. Harmon
Story by: Robert E. Harmon & David P. Harmon
March 14, 1984 (1984-03-14)020
2121"Trials"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey FischerMay 2, 1984 (1984-05-02)021
2222"Lifelines"Joseph B. WallensteinTeleplay by: James Fritzhand
Story by: George K. Siegel
May 9, 1984 (1984-05-09)022

Season 2 (1984-85)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
231"Intimate Strangers"Vincent McEveetyTeleplay by: Bill & Jo LaMond
Story by: James Fritzhand
September 26, 1984 (1984-09-26)028
242"Flesh and Blood"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey FischerOctober 10, 1984 (1984-10-10)024
253"Fantasies"Bruce BilsonTeleplay by: James Fritzhand & Sheila R. Allen
Story by: Allison Hock
October 17, 1984 (1984-10-17)023
264"Transitions"Bill LaMondThom ThomasNovember 14, 1984 (1984-11-14)033
275"Outsiders"Kim FriedmanJames FritzhandNovember 21, 1984 (1984-11-21)026
286"Vantage Point"Kevin HooksGeoffrey FischerDecember 5, 1984 (1984-12-05)034
297"Ideals"Robert ScheererAndrew LaskosDecember 12, 1984 (1984-12-12)036
308"Final Chapters"Joseph B. WallensteinAlan MandelDecember 19, 1984 (1984-12-19)040
319"Fallen Idols"Bruce BilsonAlan LandsbergJanuary 2, 1985 (1985-01-02)032
3210"Promises"James BrolinAlan MandelJanuary 9, 1985 (1985-01-09)031
3311"Love and Honor"Burt BrinckerhoffTeleplay by: Andrew Laskos
Story by: Gary Kott
January 16, 1985 (1985-01-16)038
3412"New Beginnings"Richard WellsMaranne Kasica & Michael ScheffJanuary 23, 1985 (1985-01-23)042
3513"Crossroads"Bill LaMondTeleplay by: Bill & Jo LaMond
Story by: James Fritzhand
January 30, 1985 (1985-01-30)039
3614"Anniversary"Charles S. DubinAndrew LaskosFebruary 20, 1985 (1985-02-20)045
3715"Distortions"Kim FriedmanTeleplay by: James Fritzhand
Story by: Jerry Kaufmann & Jerry Sedley
February 27, 1985 (1985-02-27)044
3816"Sleeping Dogs"Gabrielle BeaumontVincent Virom CoppolaMarch 6, 1985 (1985-03-06)041
3917"Bystanders"James BrolinTBAMarch 13, 1985 (1985-03-13)043
4018"Identities"Jerome CourtlandGreg StrangisMarch 20, 1985 (1985-03-20)046
4119"Images"Kim FriedmanThom ThomasApril 3, 1985 (1985-04-03)035
4220"Skeletons"Charles S. DubinKimmer RingwaldMay 15, 1985 (1985-05-15)048
4321"Illusions"Georg Stanford BrownBill & Jo LaMondMay 29, 1985 (1985-05-29)025
4422"Detours"Jerome CourtlandJames FritzhandJune 5, 1985 (1985-06-05)029
4523"Resolutions"Charles S. DubinAndrew LaskosJune 12, 1985 (1985-06-12)027
4624"Obsessions"Vincent McEveetyRobert E. SwansonJune 26, 1985 (1985-06-26)030
4725"Lost and Found"Jerome CourtlandKimmer RingwaldJuly 17, 1985 (1985-07-17)037
4826"Wins and Losses"Kevin ConnorGeoffrey FischerJuly 24, 1985 (1985-07-24)047
4927"Passports"Jerome CourtlandMichael MarksAugust 14, 1985 (1985-08-14)049
5028"Hearts and Minds"Bill LaMondJames FritzhandAugust 21, 1985 (1985-08-21)050

Season 3 (1985-86)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
511"Missing Pieces"Gabrielle BeaumontTeleplay by: Michael Marks
Story by: Carol Saraceno & Michael Marks
September 25, 1985 (1985-09-25)052
522"Rallying City"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 2, 1985 (1985-10-02)053
533"Imperfect Union"Charles S. DubinGeoffrey FischerOctober 9, 1985 (1985-10-09)054
544"Pathways"Burt BrinckerhoffJames FritzhandOctober 16, 1985 (1985-10-16)055
555"Second Offense"Charles S. DubinMitch ParadiseOctober 30, 1985 (1985-10-30)058
566"Saving Grace"Jerome CourtlandTeleplay by: Andrew Laskos
Story by: Donna Pekkonen & Andrew Laskos
December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04)057
577"Echoes"James BrolinTeleplay by: Robert E. Swanson
Story by: Mark D. Kaufmann
December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)059
588"Celebrations"Richard ComptonAndrew LaskosDecember 18, 1985 (1985-12-18)056
599"Cry Wolf"Nancy MaloneJames FritzhandDecember 25, 1985 (1985-12-25)060
6010"Shadows of Doubt: Part 1"Bruce BilsonTeleplay by: Michael Marks
Story by: Michael Marks & Barry Pollack
January 8, 1986 (1986-01-08)061
6111"Shadows of Doubt: Part 2"Bruce BilsonTeleplay by: Michael Marks
Story by: Michael Marks & Barry Pollack
January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)062
6212"Scapegoats"Jerome CourtlandJames FritzhandJanuary 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)069
6313"Recriminations"Nancy MaloneTeleplay by: Arlene Stadd & Mitch Paradise
Story by: Arlene Stadd
January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)067
6414"Child's Play"Gabrielle BeaumontMitch ParadiseFebruary 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)065
6515"Facades"Bruce BilsonRobert E. SwansonFebruary 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)051
6616"Lovelines"Alan CookeMichael MarksFebruary 19, 1986 (1986-02-19)068
6717"Heroes"Jerome CourtlandSteven SmithFebruary 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)071
6818"Harassed"Mike RobeTeleplay by: Michael Marks & Bruce Shelly
Story by: Bruce Shelly
March 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)064
6919"Triangles"James BrolinMatt GellerMarch 12, 1986 (1986-03-12)070
7020"Hidden Talents"James BrolinChris ManheimMarch 19, 1986 (1986-03-19)066
7121"Hearts Divided"Gabrielle BeaumontAndrew LaskosApril 2, 1986 (1986-04-02)063
7222"Changes of Heart"James BrolinMitch ParadiseApril 9, 1986 (1986-04-09)072
7323"Promises to Keep"Nancy MaloneJames FritzhandApril 30, 1986 (1986-04-30)073
7424"Separations"Bruce BilsonAndrew LaskosMay 14, 1986 (1986-05-14)074
7525"Horizons"Nancy MaloneTeleplay by: Geoffrey Fischer
Story by: Geoffrey Fischer & Michael Marks
May 21, 1986 (1986-05-21)075

Season 4 (1986-87)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
761"Opening Moves"Nancy MaloneAndrew LaskosOctober 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)077
772"Queen's Gambit"Richard KinonJ. P. BrownOctober 22, 1986 (1986-10-22)078
783"Enemies Within"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)079
794"Double Jeopardy"Alan CookeTeleplay by: J. P. Brown & Garn Stephens & Emilie R. Small
Story by: Garn Stephens & Emilie R. Small
November 5, 1986 (1986-11-05)080
805"Hornet's Nest"James L. ConwayJames FritzhandNovember 12, 1986 (1986-11-12)081
816"Undercurrents"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleNovember 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)082
827"Forsaking All Others"Alan CookeAndrew LaskosNovember 26, 1986 (1986-11-26)083
838"Pressure Points"Nancy MaloneSandra Kay SiegelDecember 3, 1986 (1986-12-03)084
849"Restless Nights"James BrolinDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 10, 1986 (1986-12-10)TBA
8510"Shadow Play"Bruce BilsonSteven SmithDecember 17, 1986 (1986-12-17)085
8611"Pitfalls"Roy Campanella IIMitch ParadiseJanuary 7, 1987 (1987-01-07)086
8712"Discoveries"Jerome CourtlandTeleplay by: Duane Poole & Tom Swale
Story by: Gary Rigdon
January 14, 1987 (1987-01-14)087
8813"Fast Forward"Alan CookeKimmer RingwaldJanuary 21, 1987 (1987-01-21)088
8914"Controlling Interests"James BrolinJ.P. BrownJanuary 28, 1987 (1987-01-28)089
9015"Unfinished Business"James L. ConwayDoris SilvertonFebruary 4, 1987 (1987-02-04)090
9116"Fatal Attraction"Jerome CourtlandJames Fritzhand & Henry ColmanFebruary 11, 1987 (1987-02-11)091
9217"Class of '72"Vincent McEveetyDuane Poole & Tom SwaleMarch 4, 1987 (1987-03-04)092
9318"Barriers"Roy Campanella IIWilliam SchmidtMarch 11, 1987 (1987-03-11)094
9419"Glass People"James BrolinAndrew LaskosMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)093
9520"Second Thoughts"Vincent McEveetySandra Kay SiegelMay 20, 1987 (1987-05-20)095
96
97
21
22
"Past Tense
All the King's Horses"
Nancy Malone
James L. Conway
James Fritzhand
Duane Poole & Tom Swale
May 27, 1987 (1987-05-27)096-097

Season 5 (1987-88)

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
981"Hail and Farwell"Harry FalkDuane Poole & Tom SwaleOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)099
992"Mixed Emotions"Robert ScheererSandra Kay SiegelOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)107
1003"Reservations"Oz ScottGary RigdonOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)103
1014"And Baby Makes Two"Harry FalkDuane Poole & Tom SwaleOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)104
1025"Born to Run"Bruce BilsonJean ClarkeNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)100
1036"Desperate Moves"Harry FalkErica BryneNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)101
1047"Revelations"Nancy MaloneSandra Kay SiegelNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)105
1058"Dark Horses"Bruce BilsonTeleplay by: Jean Clarke & Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Story by: Michelle Poteet Lisanti
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)106
1069"Fallen Angels"Nancy MaloneBruce Shelly & Reed ShellyDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)TBA
10710"Prized Possessions"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)108
10811"Comfort and Joy"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)110
10912"Double Take"James BrolinPaul Monette & Alfred SoleJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)102
11013"Till Death Do Us Part"Gwen ArnerPaul Monette & Alfred SoleJanuary 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)111
11114"Power Play"Harry FalkTeleplay by: Paul & Sharon Boorstin
Story by: Rena Down
March 10, 1988 (1988-03-10)109
11215"Contest of Wills"Nancy MaloneDuane Poole & Tom SwaleMarch 17, 1988 (1988-03-17)112
11316"Grand Designs: Part 1"Richard KinonJean ClarkeApril 28, 1988 (1988-04-28)113
11417"Aftershocks: Part 2"Nancy MaloneTeleplay by: Joel J. Feigenbaum & Jean Clarke & Duane Poole & Tom Swale
Story by: Joel J. Feigenbaum
May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)114

Soundtrack

The theme music used for the opening titles was composed by Henry Mancini, who composed famous songs such as "Moon River", "Charade" and "Days of Wine and Roses".

Home media

On July 21, 2009, Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD released Season 1 of Arthur Hailey's Hotel on DVD in Region 1.[2] The episodes were supposed to be uncut and unedited, as originally broadcast, but some episodes were edited from their original network versions due to using syndication prints instead of the original broadcast masters.

On October 20, 2015, Visual Entertainment released Hotel -- The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the first time in a 29-disc box set.[3]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The First Season 22 July 21, 2009

On December 6, 2016, VEI re-released the complete series in a condensed, 20-disc edition. The discs were all compiled in a single, jumbo DVD case (the original complete series edition was released with each individual season contained in five individual DVD cases). The box claims the discs to be Region 1 protected but actually are region free.

Remake

In 2003, Aaron Spelling tried to remake the show, twenty years after the original's premiere. The pilot, which starred Michael Jai White and Christina Vidal, was shot for UPN, who passed on the show.[]

References

  1. ^ "Bette Davis Bars Return To 'Hotel'". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. February 7, 1984. Retrieved 2010.
  2. ^ "Hotel DVD news Announcement for Hotel - The 1st Season TVShowsOnDVD.com". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on April 21, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  3. ^ Street Date, Pricing are Revealed for 'The Complete Collection' DVDs! Archived September 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine

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