‘Grand Hotel’ Puts New Twist On Upstairs/Downstairs Story – TCA

Grand Hotel is a contemporary adaptation of a "period piece" format from Spain, EP Eva Longoria told TV critics of her ABC project. It's very Upstairs/Downstairs but unique in that the upstairs is the Hispanic family that owns the luxury Miami hotel which, EP Brian Tanen said is "very true to my hometown of Miami."
Katey Sagal is among the celebrity guests who will show up to visit the family-owned hotel, producers announced.
Grand Hotel is a rare American broadcast series with Latino leads: Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez.
Bichir described his character as "a man who worked his way up with a lot of hard work and honest work" and has earned his success." In real life, he said, he knows many such stories of Mexicans who "made it here in a big way" adding, "This is a tribute to them and to everyone who crosses the border to make this country better."
Asked about the very bright lighting of the pilot episode, Longoria said it was shot in Miami, after which production moved to Los Angeles, where they recreated the look of Miami. The intention was to make viewers feel like they are "going on vacation," Tanen said.
Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the fruits of dad's labor, while scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior.” /> Grand Hotel stars Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez; the soapy drama is set at the last family-owned hotel in Miami Beach.
Half of the writing staff and 7 out of 12 directors are women, she added, proudly. Meanwhile, the show's DP is female which, she said, "is like a unicorn" in the TV industry. Nine of 11 cast members are people of color, Longoria noted.
there "weren't many places" for Hispanic artists. He credited Longoria with opening up new opportunities for many Latin American actors. Bichir, who plays family patriarch Santiago Mendoza, said of his hemisphere-trotting career, "I go where I'm loved," acknowledging that the first time he came to the U.S.
"If feels like nothing else," he added about its very blue skies, beaches and "beautiful people." "We are having incredibly troubled times now, and this show feels like a tonic," Tanen elaborated.

‘Grand Hotel’: Jencarlos Canela Books Recurring Role On ABC Drama

Longoria and Ben Spector executive produce via UnbeliEVAble Entertainment alongside Tanen as well as Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes via Bambu Producctiones, showrunner of the original Spanish show.
Grand Hotel is slated for a midseason premiere on ABC.” />
Written by Brian Tanen based on a Spanish format, Grand Hotel is a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel, centering on the family who owns the business, the staff who run it and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior.
Canela starred opposite Longoria as Xavier Castillo on Telenovela which aired for one season on NBC. Hes repped by DePaz Management. Canela also starred as Jesus Christ in Fox musical The Passion. The role reunites Canela with Longoria and also Spector, who exec produced Telenova.
He is a major player both in the industry and with the women. Canela is set to recur on the drama series from ABC Studios as El Rey, a popular Miami recording artist who's sexy, charismatic, energetic, and amusingly cocky. He is offered a chance to be a staple performer at the hotel.
Telenovela alum Jencarlos Canela is reuniting with his former co-star Eva Longoria on ABC's Grand Hotel, executive produced by Longoria.

Regina Spektor – Grand Hotel lyrics

[Verse 1]
Somewhere below the Grand Hotel
There is a tunnel that leads down to hell
Take the dumbwaiter, the laundry chute
Then sneak through the hall past the boy’s shining boots
Turn left at the courtyard, through the old garden
Where all the bellhops smoke with the guards
And then you run to the old lake house
Down to the old lake house
Run to the old lake house where it begins

[Verse 2]
Under the floorboards there’s a deep well
That leads to a spring that sprung up in hell
That’s where old devils danced and kissed
And made their blood pacts in the ancient myths
And running through forest they screamed in chorus
While piercing fair maidens’ chests with their horns
And then they lay in the grass ’til the dawn came
Sleeping away ’til the dawn came
Lay in the grass where now stands the Grand Hotel
[Verse 3]
The maître d’ and a fancy chef
Silver’s real, the liquor’s top shelf
Play some tennis, swim in a pool
Stroll the garden, shady and cool
You won’t care that the devils
Won’t mind that the devils
Won’t know that the devils are near

[Verse 4]
Somewhere below the grand hotel
There is a tunnel that leads straight to hell
But no one comes up for the souls anymore
They come for some comfort and for the dance floor
And hiding sharp horns under fedoras
Do not disturb signs instead of a chorus
They toss and turn ’til the dawn comes
On soft sheets ’til the dawn comes
No one sleeps at the grand hotel

[Verse 5]
Room service, mini-bar
Scented soaps, chauffeured cars
Stay a day, stay a week
Here’s the tunnel, take a peek
Just call up your friends at the front desk
Any hour at the front desk
Call up your friends at the Grand Hotel
You’ll always have friends at the Grand Hotel