Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Anyone Remember the TV Show Hotel?

For some crazy reason, last night I had a flashback to 1983 when a new TV show called "Hotel" premiered on ABC as a movie special. It was a new soap opera set in the fictitious yet elegant St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco. The story was based on the popular novel "Hotel" by Arthur Hailey. The premier featured a mega all store cast, including James Brolin, Connie Selleca, Anne Baxter, Bette Davis, Morgan Fairchild, Mel Torme, Shari Belafonte, Shirley Jones, and Erin Moran, among others. I remember really liking this show a lot when it first came out. It started an early fascination with grand old hotels that has continued to this day. Hotel was kind of a cross between The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Dynasty and Dallas, all rolled into one. I thought I'd show two YouTube clips from the premier episode movie. If you want to watch all of it, the rest of the episodes are all there on YouTube to view! I hope you enjoy this flashback:

and here below is part 2...

I hope you enjoyed these two clips....and the flashback
-Rick Rockhill

13 comments:

Lois Grebowski said...

I was watching The BOld and the Beautiful last weeka and Morgan Fiarchild was visitng the show. For some odd reason I immediately thought of you.

I remember Hotel. I only watched a few episodes. Wasn't much into television back then. That was during my wild college "daze"(days)

HAHAHA!

kenju said...

I remember it - I watched it often. I loved James Brolin.

Kathy said...

I remember this show!

Merrie Dorval said...

Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I haven't thought about "Hotel" in years! I think I only watched it a few times. My heart still belonged to "Dallas" at that point.

© Karelian Blonde said...

Now that takes me back! I loved the The Hotel :)

Tea N. Crumpet said...

Shirley Jones-- I always smile when I see her!

Thank you, Rick!

Jeni said...

I don't recall this show at all -must have been before we got an ABC network channel on our cable set-up here. We went for many years without any ABC channels so I missed out on a whole lot of stuff back then. (As a kid, the only channel we could receive -no cable at all then -was the CBS channel about 50 miles away -reception was terrible then, mostly snow and static but since that's all that was available, we strained our eyes trying to make out images in the snow.

grace said...

I remember this show! Takes me back a few years. They just don't make 'em like they used to.

Naomi said...

Gosh that's a blast from the past Rick! I loved that show. We used to get it here in England.

Diane J Standiford said...

Didn't watch much TV in '80s. The '80s are a blur for me, but it looks interesting.

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

I remember it well....! And a good friend was in this two hour movie...Stephanie Faracy. It was fun to see some of it again...!

Jessica said...

I just adore Bette Davis! I didn't know she had acted in a serial before entering movies.

Palm Springs Savant said...

Um, Jessica, you do realize that the TV show "Hotel" was at the end of Bette Davis's acting career, right? She was quite old when she appeared in this tv show.

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