Was I the only little queenlet orgasmic over this series premiere back in 1983? Bette Davis! Campy guest stars! OTT plotlines! That opening score! Michael Spound's enormous bulge!Yes, I know it was essentally a landlocked Love Boat, but there was something so pseudo-classy about the show, and was a perfect companion piece for Dynasty on Wednesday nights. The first episode featured Morgan Fairchild as a hooker raped by a bunch of frat jocks. God I miss '80s TV with its champagne and caviar dreams.
Hotel, Starring Miss Bette Davis as Laura Trent
|by Anonymous||reply 48||06/21/2014|
Beer and pretzels will get you raped by frat jocks just as easily as champagne and caviar. Plus, it's cheaper.
|by Anonymous||reply 1||02/19/2014|
I always though Shea Farrell was the hottest thing on TV. Perfection personified!!!
|by Anonymous||reply 2||02/19/2014|
For some reason....and seriously, I have no idea why....when I was a kid, I was obsessed with Heidi Bohay and Michael Spound.
There was some story about them on PM Magazine or some such show about how perfectly they balanced their megawatt careers and kept their marriage together. I used to record episodes of $25,000 Pyramid they were on and everything.
I have no explanation for this at all.
The other day at the gym, I caught myself watching Heidi shill those convection ovens on some infomercial, and it was like seeing an old friend.
I wonder how her cute husband is...
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|by Anonymous||reply 4||02/19/2014|
I caught myself watching Heidi shill those convection ovens on some infomercial, and it was like seeing an old friend.
Ya remember the year we last bought a convection oven, Blanche?
|by Anonymous||reply 5||02/19/2014|
How did the show explain Anne Baxter's death? I think she died during the 4th season. I remember that Mr. Brady (Robert Reed) played a 'mo on the show. Was "The Love Boat" cast ever on "Hotel" and/or vice versa?
|by Anonymous||reply 6||02/19/2014|
Shea Farrell was beautiful. He was one of John Conboy's boys. Conboy cast him on Capitol. Horrible actor, but beautiful guy.
|by Anonymous||reply 7||02/19/2014|
She didn't get a "MISS Bette Davis" credit? I wish she'd called my agent.
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|by Anonymous||reply 9||02/19/2014|
Mmm, Michael could Spound me into next Tuesday....
|by Anonymous||reply 10||02/19/2014|
Sucked, was boring, not entertaining. Bad doesn't automatically = campy and fun. Davis, as great as she was, couldn't begin to save this turkey. I'm sure she was just happy to be picking up a reasonably dignified paycheck.
|by Anonymous||reply 11||02/19/2014|
I think it tried to sell itself as a classy drama, when essentially it was just a high-end Love Boat.
|by Anonymous||reply 12||02/19/2014|
Why didn't Ann Baxter get an "and starring" credit like Bette did?
|by Anonymous||reply 13||02/19/2014|
I can't believe the same guy who wrote "Roots" wrote this schlock.
|by Anonymous||reply 14||02/19/2014|
What about me?
|by Anonymous||reply 15||02/19/2014|
r16, ALEX Haley wrote "Roots"; ARTHUR Hailey wrote "Hotel" (and "Airport").
|by Anonymous||reply 16||02/19/2014|
Let's not forget Bette's television chef d'oeuvre when she sat it for an ailing Raymond Burr in "Perry Mason: The Case of Constant Doyle." (Featuring Michael Parks and Peggy Ann Garner!)
|by Anonymous||reply 17||02/19/2014|
Bette Davis is a legend. But the opening for MISS Stanwyck on Colbys was far better.
|by Anonymous||reply 18||02/20/2014|
I forgot about Shea Farrell. As a kid I would tune in largely to see him (although at the time not quite knowing why). However, I don't think he was barely used. I don't remember him being featured in any storyline.
|by Anonymous||reply 19||02/20/2014|
[quote] Beer and pretzels will get you raped by frat jocks just as easily as champagne and caviar. Plus, it's cheaper.
I'm so glad Sondheim junked these lyrics from I'm Still Here.
|by Anonymous||reply 20||02/20/2014|
Bette only appeared in the first ep, then decried the whole thing, calling it "Brothel" - she did praise co-star Morgan Fairchild, though, writing her a letter telling her what a terrific actress he was. Bette was a long time soap lover, and had seen Morgan on Search for Tomorrow.
I think Bette had that stroke not long after.
|by Anonymous||reply 21||02/20/2014|
They hired Efrem Zimbalist Jr to step in as the Hotel's new owner after Anne Baxter died - I think his character was her character's ex-lover or something. To make it even more interesting (sarcasm), he brought along his shitraking daughter, played by Michelle Phillips, to help him in his power struggle with James Brolin. They focused mainly on James Brolin and Connie Selleca's romance in the last years like it was a big TV event for these two characters to finally get together.
Strange show. Can't believe there was a time not that long ago when prime-time devoted an hour to combine the talents of the likes of Shirley Jones, Alejandro Rey, Nancy Dussault, and Adrian Zmed.
A recurring guest was Deborah Adair of all people, who starred on Hotel in many episodes (as different characters). Aaron Spelling was fascinated with this woman, trying to make her desperately happen by forcing her on DYNASTY producers in an ill-fated role and even giving her a starring role in another anthology series, the short-lived "Finder of Lost Loves" with Tony Franciosa. I don't know why he loved this woman so much.
|by Anonymous||reply 22||02/20/2014|
r24, a lot of shows in the mid/late '80s copied the successful Sam/Diane from Cheers and Maddie/David Moonlighting slow-burn type of romance. Didn't exactly work for James and Connie, who both have the charisma of a dial tome.
|by Anonymous||reply 23||02/20/2014|
A great write-up and overview of HOTEL ...
scroll down the page to see a recent pic of Shea Farrell (yikes!)
And I forgot that Elizabeth Taylor (with pal Roddy McDowell) guest-starred on a much ballyhooed episode.
|by Anonymous||reply 24||02/23/2014|
I have a headache. No, no. It'll be fine. I just think I'll sit here until they're ready to tape. I'm - Oh! It's quite bad. Get me a couple aspirin, will you please? Fuck.
|by Anonymous||reply 25||02/23/2014|
[all posts by tedious, racist idiot removed.]
|by Anonymous||reply 26||02/23/2014|
[quote]The first episode featured Morgan Fairchild as a hooker raped by a bunch of frat jocks.
Who wouldn't miss such uplifting entertainment.
|by Anonymous||reply 27||02/23/2014|
Brolin ruined it.
Still, it did have Jon-Eric Hexum as Prince Erik...
|by Anonymous||reply 28||02/25/2014|
r26's link is chock-full of DL fascination.
[quote]Mel Torme popped up on the pilot (in order to save the day for out-of-work Erin Moran, offering her a job as his opening act after she put forth an excruciating rendition of “Delta Dawn!”) and Liberace put in an appearance, too, performing a special concert for aging fans Donald O'Conner and Margaret O'Brien, who had come to the hotel to celebrate their anniversary and were distraught that his stint there had already ended.
[quote]The show often gave actors a chance to play characters far afield from what audiences were used to seeing. Pretty Richard Hatch (of Battlestar Galactica fame) enacted the role of an obsessed stalker and would-be rapist. Broadway song and dance man-turned game show host Peter Marshall portrayed a lascivious pageant judge who weasels his way into young entrant Heather Locklear's bed! (Locklear's mom, by the way, was played by '60s teen starlet Miss Connie Stevens.)
[quote]This is actor Robert Vaughn (of The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Magnificent Seven and Bullitt fame) playing a hit man who utilizes full-on cross-dressing to disguise himself!
Why isn't this on a DVD box set with lots of extras? WHY???
|by Anonymous||reply 29||02/25/2014|
One episode that made an impact on me as a teenager featured Lloyd Bochner and Marion Ross staying at the hotel while seeking custody of their granddaughter (following the death of their own daughter) from their former son-in-law, a gay doctor played by Douglas Barr (who I had such a crush on in the 80s). In the end, they realize Barr is a good guy and let him and his boyfriend have custody of the girl.
|by Anonymous||reply 30||02/25/2014|
St Elsewhere was superb drama (it truly was - never matched again on TV), but it didn't have Robert Reed as a closeted husband discovered in a tryst by wife Deidre Hall, or that other soap icon Jaime Lyn Bauer as a crazed soap fan going all Fatal Attraction on her TV idol played by Andrew Stevens, or (my personal favorite) Carol Lynley disrobing and standing naked in front of Barbara Parkins and confessing her lesbian love for her.
Johnny Depp even did an episode as a young hotel employee who couldn't read!
|by Anonymous||reply 31||02/26/2014|
St. Elsewhere had its share of OTT stories. Remember when that nurse played by Ellen Brie went psycho after being raped by Terrence Knox's character?
|by Anonymous||reply 32||02/26/2014|
In a ridiculous coincidence Ioan Gruffudd is on cable right now in a movie with Clive Owen.
|by Anonymous||reply 33||02/26/2014|
Bette Davis must've been senile to have admired Morgan Fairchild's "acting." She was a fan of Y&R, and wrote a letter to Lauralee Bell telling her was an amazing actress she thought she was. The trick of the mind in old age!
|by Anonymous||reply 34||02/26/2014|
The glamorous opening sequence with the Henry Mancini theme, the "magic mirror" treatment for the main cast and the list of Special Guest Stars (including a hideous pubescent Tori Spelling).
Almost two minutes long. They'd never do that today.
And all the stars have the same nighttime soap opera schtick on their title card: Look up! Surprise! Smile! Then Laughter -- you caught me!
|by Anonymous||reply 35||02/26/2014|
It was finally a hit show for Connie Selleca.
|by Anonymous||reply 36||02/27/2014|
r35, that was an amazing moment. I'll never forget the shock of when Peter White (Terence Knox) was unmasked as the hospital rapist. Then, after going to jail for shooting Peter in the groin, Ellen's character came back for an episode as a patient and unnerved all the staff with her craziness.
The show hit a true milestone when it had Romeo Mark Harmon pick up a girl at Cape Cod and she ended up slashing his beautiful face after hey fucked. It eventually led to the character contracting HIV through a blood transfusion, and eventually being written off to die offscreen of AIDS.
|by Anonymous||reply 37||02/27/2014|
R12. Michael Spound was a jerk.
|by Anonymous||reply 38||02/27/2014|
How do you know, r41?
|by Anonymous||reply 39||02/27/2014|
Because you could tell.
And he married a ditz named Heidi, which makes him a clear douchebag.
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|by Anonymous||reply 41||06/21/2014|
[quote]he did praise co-star Morgan Fairchild, though, writing her a letter telling her what a terrific actress he was. Bette was a long time soap lover, and had seen Morgan on Search for Tomorrow. I think Bette had that stroke not long after.
I suspect the stroke was happening during the writing of said letter. Right name, wrong actress. It happens.
|by Anonymous||reply 42||06/21/2014|
I just remember Nathan Cook as the security chief. He was supposed to be the token black on the show along with Shari Belafonte. He was so good on White Shadow and so" I'm just there" on Hotel. A shame because he would have done better in a different role.He died from an allergic reaction to penicillin at the young age of 38.
|by Anonymous||reply 43||06/21/2014|
This is a concept that could be awesome today... on HBO.
|by Anonymous||reply 44||06/21/2014|
I meant to send that letter to Morgan Freeman C/O The Electric Company.
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