Deadline: ‘Grand Hotel’ & ‘Whiskey Cavalier’ Dramas Picked Up To Series By ABC
Following A Million Little Things and The Rookie, ABC has picked up two more of its hottest drama pilots — Grand Hotel, starring Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez and executive produced by Eva Longoria, and Whiskey Cavalier, toplined by Scott Foley and Lauren Cohan and executive produced by Bill Lawrence.
The pickup for Whiskey Cavalier means that Cohan won't be able to return to The Walking Dead full time for the life of her new ABC series. But it doesn't mean that she won't be back on the hit AMC drama. Following lengthy negotiations, Cohan recently closed a deal to appear in six episodes from the eight-episode fall half-season of TWD's Season 9, which she will wrap before production starts on Whiskey Cavalier this summer.
Beyond that, Cohan has been cleared to do multiple episodes during her hiatus from the ABC show. But she still will need to negotiate a deal for that if AMC wants her to continue.
Here are details about ABC's newly picked up series.
Eva Longoria executive produces this bold, provocative drama set at the last family-owned hotel in multicultural Miami Beach. Charismatic Santiago Mendoza owns the hotel, while his glamorous second wife, Gigi, and their adult children enjoy the spoils of success. The hotel's loyal staff round out a contemporary, fresh take on an upstairs/downstairs story. Wealthy and beautiful guests bask in luxury, but scandals, escalating debt and explosive secrets hide beneath the picture-perfect exterior. The show is based on the Spanish series.
The series stars Demian Bichir as Santiago Mendoza, Roselyn Sanchez as Gigi Mendoza, Denyse Tontz as Alicia Mendoza, Bryan Craig as Javi Mendoza, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Mrs. P, Lincoln Younes as Danny, Shalim Ortiz as Mateo, Anne Winters as Ingrid, Chris Warren as Jason, Feliz Ramirez as Carolina and Justina Adorno as Yoli.
Brian Tanen is the writer and executive producer; Eva Longoria and Ben Spector (UnbeliEVAble), Ramon Campos and Teresa Fernandez-Valdes (Beta) are executive producers of the series. Ken Olin directed the pilot. Series produced by ABC Studios.
"Whiskey Cavalier" is a high-octane, hour-long action dramedy that follows the adventures of tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (codename: "Whiskey Cavalier"), played by Scott Foley. Following an emotional break-up, Chase is assigned to work with badass CIA operative Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge (codename: "Fiery Tribune"), played by Lauren Cohan. Together, they lead an inter-agency team of flawed, funny and heroic spies who periodically save the world (and each other) while navigating the rocky roads of friendship, romance and office politics. The series is from writer/executive producer Dave Hemingson and executive producer Bill Lawrence with Warner Bros. Television.
The series stars Scott Foley as Will Chase, Lauren Cohan as Francesca "Frankie" Trowbridge, Ana Ortiz as Susan Sampson, Tyler James Williams as Edgar Standish and Vir Das as Jai Datta.
Dave Hemingson is writer and executive producer; Bill Lawrence and Jeff Ingold (Doozer Productions) are executive producers; Peter Atencio is director and executive producer (pilot), and Scott Foley is producer of the series from Warner Bros. Television.