Eva Longoria, the scene-stealing vixen Gabrielle Solis in the wildly popular “dramedy” “Desperate Housewives,” returns to prime time as a star and executive producer of “Grand Hotel,” premiering at 10 p.m., Monday, June 17. The series features Wendy Raquel Robinson, known for such roles as Regina “Piggy” Grier in “The Steve Harvey Show” and Tasha Mack in “The Game.”
“Grand Hotel” exposes the behind the scenes secrets and scandals at he Riviera Grand, the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. The suave and savvy Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir) owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi (Roselyn Sanchez) and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success.
“I executive produce the show, and I direct the show, and I act in the show. I’m exhausted!” Eva Longoria, who portrays Beatriz Mendoza, said in an interview posted on ABC press site. “No, I’m really proud of the show. It’s probably one of the biggest shows I’ve produced...to do a big drama with a big cast, multiple story lines per episode...It’s just been fun. It’s fun to be part of the creative process behind the camera on a show like this.”
Robinson plays Helen Parker aka Mrs. P., who has worked at the Riviera Grand since the first day it opened, and “knows where all the skeletons are hidden” reveals, “We’re starting in the midst of a hurricane — there’s this huge hurricane, and someone goes missing. So we’re going to start there, and then we’re going to travel backwards to figure out who that particular worker is, and how she’s related to everybody else within the story. There are new people that are being hired, you know? There was a hurricane — but you never know who’s going to show up. That’s where it starts. It’s in the aftermath, which is quite interesting.”
Immediately after a grueling but successful job interview with Mrs. P., Danny (Lincoln Younes) gets off to a bit of a rocky start with fellow employee Jason (Chris Warren) observing, “She’s a real ball-buster, huh?” To which Jason responds, “She’s my mother, and yes, she is!”
At the Riviera Grand, wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt an explosive secrets hide beneath the “picture perfect” exterior. The “pilot” episode was written by Brian Tanen and directed by Ken Olin.