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ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke On Future Of ‘Grand Hotel’: “We Haven’t Made A Decision Yet”

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Will the Eva Longoria helmed sudsy primetime summer series Grand Hotel have a second season? The jury is out, according to the executive session at the ABC TCA Summer Press Tour.

ABC’s Entertainment President, Carey Burke filled journalists in on many of the shows in the current line-up, their future and how they are performing throughout her time on the stage at the Beverly Hilton, fielding questions.

When it came to Grand Hotel which is currently airing on Monday nights (10PMET/PT) which features former soap alum: Bryan Craig (Ex-GH), Denyse Tontz (Ex-AMC), Richard Burgi (EX- GH, DAYS, AW , etc) and Lincoln Younes (Home & Away), as well as Longoria (Ex-Y&R and Desperate Housewives, Telenovela )in front of the camera and behind it.

Burke responded: “You know, we haven’t made a decision about Grand Hotel yet.  We are going to wait until the end of its run. We will see how it does tonight behind Bachelor in Paradise. It’s a show we like a lot. It’s a show that I wish the ratings were a bit stronger, but we’ll make that decision at the end of the run.”

Until last week, Grand Hotel was in a primo position coming out of the highly-rated season of The Bachelorette.  Now, it follows its sister show Bachelor in Paradise for the rest of the summer.

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It now looks like viewers turn-out in the ratings will be a key to if the network picks up the series.  So, if you want to see it continue; you got to watch the episodes.

Last night’s installment featured what happened to Javi and his back-story which featured Daytime Emmy-winner Craig.

So, do you hope Grand Hotel lives to see another day after its first season has aired? Comment below.

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Carmen
Carmen

I like the show so please ABC pick up the show.

Annalee
Annalee

I love a good nighttime soap! Its a missing link in prime time! Let it breathe for another season!!!!! Please!!!!

Sandy
Sandy

Pick up this fantastic show as I don’t care about Bachelor in Paradise.

Rodd
Rodd

I really like the show and am so glad that Bryan is so heavily featured. The show was slow to start but it’s really ramped up and keeps me interested. I hope ABC gives it a second season and time to grow an audience. Everyone connected with GRAND HOTEL is doing a great job!

Sherry
Sherry

I love series great actor great story lines I pray that you keep the series on stop removing good show.

Maryellen Sanders Schaefer
Maryellen Sanders Schaefer

Love this show. Please leave it on the air

N.R.
N.R.

Please renew! Love this show!

Richard Signorelli
Richard Signorelli

this is a fun nighttime soap that has been a real summer surprise wake up abc and renew it already!

Ell riv
Ell riv

Yes. I love that show

Nancy
Nancy

It’s the best show on and all the actors, actress are great. Love the story lines. ABC renew please.

Kimberly Gill
Kimberly Gill

Yes I love it please bring it back next season

JKJ
JKJ

I will really miss Grand Hotel and hope it remains on the ABC schedule. Love that the set and even a little of the story is similar to Showtimes Magic City. I still miss that series.

Jeff
Jeff

LOVE Grand Hotel. It’s a welcome option for summertime viewing and is our only “must see” TV this summer. Not since “Brothers & Sisters” has there been such a good nighttime drama/soap. It’s so well done on all counts. Bachelorette and Bachelor viewsers (“reality” TV) are likely not the same as the Grand Hotel viewers who appreciate good storyline and great acting. Please renew!

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ABC TCA Summer Press Tour All-Star Party (Photos)

Monday night, many of the stars of ABC’s primetime line-up shared some food and drink, and chatted with members of the press, at the annual ABC TCA Summer Press Tour All-Star Party. This year the event was held at West Hollywood’s, Soho House. The party followed a day of panels ushering in several of the new shows the alphabet network is offering up this fall; including the new daytime talker from Tamron Hall.

However, at the All-Star Party cast members from: American Housewife, The Bachelorette, Bachelor in Paradise, black-ish, Bless This Mess, The Conners, Emergence, Fresh Off This Boat, The Goldbergs, The Good Doctor, Grand Hotel, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Holey Moley,  mixed-ish, Stumptown and more were on hand.

Notables from the soaps included: Grand Hotel’s Bryan Craig, Lincoln Younes, and Denyse Tontz, and HTGWM’s, Rome Flynn, in addition to The Bachelorette, Hannah Brown and ABC Entertainment President, Karey Burke.

Check out our gallery below of some of the stars who showed up in support of their series.   Then, let us know, which show you are most excited to see continue, or are looking forward to its debut this fall on ABC via the comment section below.

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Bryan Craig Previews Tonight On GRAND HOTEL: “This Is Where Stuff Really Starts Taking Off People! Don’t Miss”

ABC’s hot summer primetime soapy drama, Grand Hotel, starring several former daytime notables, is about to deliver some major twists and swerves as the season continues.

According to two-time Daytime Emmy winner, and General Hospital alum, Bryan Craig (Javi) on a post via his Instagram, he related on episode 105 that airs Monday night, “This is where stuff really starts taking off people! Don’t miss ;)”

Meanwhile Bryan’s co-star Lincoln Younes, who plays Danny (and ex-Home and Away) provides an Instagram takeover as the episode airs tonight. on the series Instagram account @GrandHotel.

In story, Javi thinks he a baby daddy, but is being used, and Danny continues to search for clues as to what happened to his sister which leads him into a boxing for a fight with another staffer of the hotel, bad guy Mateo played by Shalim Ortiz.

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As viewers saw at the end of last week’s episode, it was revealed that Danny has another woman in his life, as he continues to have a flirtatious relationship with Alicia played by former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz.

Who do you think will ultimately be the most duplicitous character on the canvas? Share your theories below.  But first check out the promo for tonight’s episode airing at 10PMEST/9PM CST.

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Denyse Tontz and Lincoln Younes Preview Forbidden Romance & Intrigue As ‘Grand Hotel’ Premieres

When Grand Hotel opens its doors to its audience tonight on ABC (10PMET/PT), it will have a very familiar feel to soap fans for several of its series regulars and its executive producer all come from the world of daytime or serialized storytelling.

Executive Producer, Eva Longoria (Ex-Y&R, Desperate Housewives, Devious Maids, Telenovela) brought to the screens a provocative drama with Miami Beach as its backdrop of the last family-owned hotel (by the Mendozas) with a contemporary take of an upstairs/downstairs story of 2019.

Former General Hospital’s Bryan Craig plays Javi, who is joined by two other soap notables; former All My Children reboot star, Denyse Tontz (Ex-Miranda Montgomery) and Australian-born actor, Lincoln Younes (Ex-Casey, Home and Away) who’s characters are interlocked in some very sexy and mysterious ways.

Tontz, plays Alicia Mendoza the strong-willed daughter of the Mendoza clan, who is fresh out of business school… and who will make a huge discovery about her dad, but is also set to embark on a romance with a new staff hire!  And that staff hire is Danny played by Younes, whose character Danny is not who he says he is at all … and he has one goal in my mind which brought him to the hotel … but things get complicated for him when he feels a massive attraction to the hotel owner’s daughter … Alicia!

Michael Fairman TV took part in a press roundtable discussion with Tontz and Younes to get some teasers of what’s to come when Grand Hotel premieres.  Here’s what they shared in some questions posed by us and others below.

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Danny and Alicia definitely have an instant attraction in the season premiere. Where can you tease that it might go?

LINCOLN:  Well, it can go in a number of directions, but hopefully towards a positive one.  They each have their own motivations for why they’re at the hotel.

DENYSE:  Alicia’s main goal, or at least from the beginning, is to prove herself, just having graduated business school and sort of step into her mother’s shoes a little bit. She’s had a lot of pressure on her for most of her life to sort of fill that role and keep the family together.  I think it’s really tough to have to juggle that and the desire to explore this potential romance with this person who is so intriguing to her.

LINCOLN:  I think with Danny, his reasons are kind of unknown as to why he’s at the hotel.  He comes in as a new employee, but there is something off about him.  It is complicated by the arrival of Alicia and the chemistry the kind of ensues between them.  I think that’s kind of the interesting thing to watch is them navigating their priorities and their initial motivations with the inevitable chemistry and dynamic that has appeared.

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The main family in Grand Hotel is Hispanic.  And what is intriguing about the premise is that their ethnicity is not the backdrop of the story, it’s just who they are.  Would you agree?

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LINCOLN:  Eva is kind of a trailblazer in that way because this is about the story of a family, and a hotel, and the guests, and the employees, and the employers, and all of the different things these people go through.  It’s not so much the color of their skin and their background.  I think as soon as you take away the magnifying glass of how a person appears and really look at what is going on inside, that’s a step in the right direction.

DENYSE:  I think that even though we are really a diverse cast and crew, that really has nothing to do with the actual premise of the show, and I think that’s really cool even to just see that.  To just play a character who happens to be Hispanic, and that’s not the central theme of this character, I think there really are no stereotypes that are perpetuated in any way.

LINCOLN:  It’s the perfect melting pot of culture, and the fact that it is set in a hotel where anyone from any part of the world can come into, it creates this show that I don’t see anything like this on TV, and that’s very exciting.

Do you see Danny and Alicia as a duo to root for with their dysfunction and all throughout the series?

DENYSE:  I think there is this sort of allure to the forbidden romance aspect of it all.

LINCOLN:  They have these obstacles in front of them.

DENYSE:  But you want it to happen. (Laughs)

LINCOLN:  You want it to happen, and it’s just against all odds.  That complicates things.

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You have such a great cast to work with; chief among them Demián Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez (Devious Maids)!

DENYSE:  Oh man, working with Demián and Roselyn and Eva Longoria was a dream.  They’re each so special in their own way.

LINCOLN:  Three powerhouses.

DENYSE:  Yeah, three powerhouses and very different.  They each have their own way of approaching a scene.  Demián is mostly a movie actor, and it really shows in the way he approaches scenes, and the way he is not glued to the lines, and it’s kind of cool to watch him and learn from him in that way.  He’s so funny too.  He makes it a really comfortable environment, and you feel safe to try stuff.   Eva … same thing.  She has a clear vision for what she wants.  She can direct in such a way that I think a lot of directors can’t, because she has been on the other side of the camera, and she has got a really good perspective.  I think she’s really great at articulating what she wants you to do.

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LINCOLN:  Yeah, she’s very meticulous.  I think the thing about all of the people who you’ve just mentioned is that they all have levity.  They are all very specific, but they are all very authentic.  That carries through in both their acting and how they carry themselves off set.  That was really great to kind of learn from them.

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Many in the cast are from daytime dramas, or soap operas previously, including both of you!  Was that a coincidence in the producers casting choices, you think?

LINCOLN: I think, just knowing Eva so well now, and Brian and Ben, the creators behind it, they searched long and hard for the people they wanted to play the roles.  So, it might just be a happy coincidence.

When the scripts came out, how did the cast handle the twists?

LINCOLN:  There was a lot of speculation going on.  There was a lot of gossiping on set and off set.

DENYSE:  Lots of gossiping, stealing scripts… a lot of bombshells though.  There really is no shortage of plot twists.  A lot of these characters you think are going to start out a certain way, and then you find yourself completely changing your opinion of them halfway through the season. Without giving too much away, nobody is really who they appear to be.

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How do you both feel about the fact that the wait is over and Grand Hotel is finally premiering?

DENYSE:  It’s super exciting.

LINCOLN:  It’s very surreal.  This is my first American show, so I have no idea what to expect.  I just go to Denyse for advice.  I’m like, “What do I do?”  (Laughs).  It’s all very exciting.  I think when you love a project; there is another element when it is released to the public.  Everyone on the show loves it.  Everyone is so passionate about it.  So, I just hope that the audience feels the same and that we get to keep doing it.

So will you be checking out Denyse, Lincoln, Bryan, Eva and more on Grand Hotel?  Share your thoughts via the comment section below. But first check out this promo for the kick-off tonight!

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