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We have a few questions for you. 1: Do you like Downton Abbey? 2: Have you seen all the episodes? 3: Are you looking for another similar show to replace it or even supplement it?
If you answered yes to at least two of those questions, then fire up the Netflix because Instant Streaming has the entire two seasons of a British period drama set just after World War I which have all the upstairs-downstairs drama of Downton and more. It's called The Grand, it came out in 1997-1998, and it all takes place in a hotel. SCORE.
Here's how imdb begins to explain the plot:
Since we still haven't heard anything about Andre Balazs' rumored HBO miniseries on the Chateau Marmont, it's a good thing another network has picked up the slack. Comedy Central has ordered a pilot episode of Almost Vacant, which Deadline describes as following "the misadventures of two inept friends, Jim and Nic, as they work at a low-end budget hotel in upper New York."
The show's been written by Nicolas Wright (above) and James Woods, who co-starred in IFC's The Business, which was about an ex-softcore-porn-director trying to make a name for himself as a respectable indie filmmaker. While not too many details on Almost Vacant have emerged, we're sure glad to see more hotel-set TV shows hitting the airwaves (see also: Gordon Ramsay).
As we've known for quite some time now, you don't have to hang around in a hotel for long to see some pretty crazy shiz.
Hollywood Reporter pointed out last week that the Seattle-based family of Amanda Knox, the American exchange student held in Italian custody for four years for the murder of her roommate, was doing a great job of getting free hotel stays from a number of American TV producers. All of whom, of course, were hungry for their own exclusive interview with Knox. But nonetheless. A free hotel room in Perugia? Sounds pretty good to us. If only there was a way to avoid the whole incarcerated-family-member snag. Other than that, that's a real winning scheme.