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Hotel is an Americanmarker prime time 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 Franciscomarker. Episodes follow both the activities of passing guests as well as the personal and professional lives of the permanent hotel staff.

Premise

Rich aristocrat Victoria Cabot (Anne Baxter) runs the St. Gregory Hotel, assisted by general manager Peter McDermott (James Brolin) and his staff. He and assistant general manager Christine Francis (Connie Sellecca) become romantically involved, and other staff members include the charismatic and popular guest relations director Mark Danning (Shea Farrell), ex-conman Billy Griffin (Nathan Cook) who becomes security director, reception manager Julie Gillette (Shari Belafonte), and young couple Dave and Megan Kendall (Michael Spound and Heidi Bohay), a bellhop and a desk clerk respectively. The series has often been cited as being inspired by the ITV series Upstairs, Downstairs.

Cast members Brolin, Sellecca, Belafonte-Harper and Cook appeared in every episode of the series.

Special guest stars

The series employed many notable stars as weekly guests, including Scott Baio, Peggy Cass, Cathy Lee Crosby, Johnny Depp, Patrick Duffy, Nanette Fabray, Morgan Fairchild, Eva Gabor, Estelle Getty, Jon-Erik Hexum, Bianca Jagger, Shirley Jones, Elaine Joyce, Lorenzo Lamas, Gordon Lightfoot, Heather Locklear, Peter Marshall, Erin Moran, Tracy Nelson, Alan Oppenheimer, Dick Van Patten, Donna Pescow, Michelle Phillips, Lynn Redgrave, Ted Shackelford, Jan Smithers, Stella Stevens, Elizabeth Taylor, Leigh Taylor-Young, Betty White, Shelley Winters and Dee Wallace-Stone.

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 her to withdraw from the series and Baxter stepped in as Victoria Cabot.

DVD Release

On July 21, 2009, Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD released Season 1 of Hotel on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The 1st Season 22 July 21, 2009


Remake

In 2003, Aaron Spelling tried to make a remake of 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.

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