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Suite 7 is an American limited anthology series created and executive produced by Wilson Cleveland.[1] who also stars as Matthew Brandon. The series, presented by Better Sleep Council[2] and distributed by A&E Networks, debuted on December 17, 2010 on MyLifetime.com and Lifetime’s Hulu, YouTube, iTunes and Xbox channels.[3]

Suite 7
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GenreComedy-drama
Created byWilson Cleveland
StarringWilson Cleveland
Craig Bierko
Henry Dittman
Shannen Doherty
Illeana Douglas
Brian Austin Green
Marc Hustvedt
Tony Janning
Eddie McClintock
Brandon Molale
Jaime Murray
George Newbern
Tara Perry
Milo Ventimiglia
Alexi Wasser
Nicky Whelan
Composer(s)
  • Elon Arbiture
  • Joseph Trapanese
  • Woody Pak
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Production
Production location(s)Los Angeles
Cinematography
  • Kurt Iswarienko
  • John Schmidt
  • Ulf Soderqvist
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time6–10 minutes
DistributorA&E Networks
Release
Original networkLifetime
Hulu
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseDecember 13, 2010 (2010-12-13) –
January 28, 2011
External links
Website

PremiseEdit

The series is set inside a single suite of a fictional hotel[4] located in Valencia, California outside Los Angeles. Each episode tells a standalone story from different writers and directors that focus on the relationship between two characters.[5] Some episodes are comedic and others are more dramatic. Wilson Cleveland plays Matthew, the hotel manager and main character in the frame story, who interacts with the eclectic guests who check in throughout the series.

ReceptionEdit

Suite 7 received 200,000 streams in its first two weeks of release[6] and received generally favorable reviews from critics.

In his January 14, 2011 New York Times review, critic Mike Hale wrote Suite 7 was “worth checking out,” singling out the episode ‘’Good in Bed’’ starring Jaime Murray and Eddie McClintock as a divorcing couple as “the best so far.”[7] Jim Edwards of CBS News called Shannen Doherty’s performance “jarringly emotional” and observed that series stars Illeana Douglas, Milo Ventimiglia and Brian Austin Green “seem to be having a ball and delivering performances of a far higher quality than they have often done on regular TV.”[8] GigaOm writer Liz Shannon Miller wrote in her January 5, 2011 review, “There’s a theatrical feel to the bulk of the series, which is one way of saying that the plotting feels a little slight at times, with many episodes representing nice illustrations of scene work as opposed to engaging storytelling.”[9]

The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences honored Shannen Doherty and Wilson Cleveland with a 2012 Webby Award for Individual Performance and the series was nominated for Best Online Program - Drama at the 2011 Banff World Media Festival.[10]

EpisodesEdit

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Guest Disservices"Paul LindsayWilson ClevelandDecember 13, 2010 (2010-12-13)
At the end of a long shift, hotel night manager Matthew Brandon (Wilson Cleveland) is told he must cover yet another 12 hours. Sleep deprived, Matthew’s patience is pushed to the limit by Russell (Marc Hustvedt), a spoiled guest demanding an upgrade to the hotel's most-popular suite: Suite 7.
2"Good in Bed"Mark GanttSusan MillerDecember 17, 2010 (2010-12-17)
When Jessy (Jaime Murray) shows up with final divorce papers to Michael's (Eddie McClintock) hotel room, where he's been holing up to avoid signing, they end up doing what they were always good at, the one thing they always achieved in perfect harmony and bliss -- they take a nap.
3"Soulmates"Michael KangIlleana DouglasDecember 22, 2010 (2010-12-22)
It's the middle of the night. Livvy (Illeana Douglas) and Max (Henry Dittman), two actors doing a film together can no longer resist the temptation of an off screen love affair. While Livvy and Max try to keep their romantic ideals about true love the couple next store with their wild antics becomes so distracting it makes them rethink their entire romantic escapade.
4"For Richer or Poorer"Sandeep ParikhTony Janning
Sandeep Parikh
December 31, 2010 (2010-12-31)
Thanks to a sudden spike of income, newlyweds Vincent (Tony Janning) and Melanie (Tara Perry) find out on the night of their wedding just how very little they actually know about each other.
5"That Guy"Milo VentimigliaRuss Cundiff
Dean DeMilio
January 7, 2011 (2011-01-07)
Best Man Milo Ventimiglia has exactly 24 hours to convince groom-to-be Brandon Molale that he's about to marry the wrong girl. Also starring Wilson Cleveland and Nicky Whelan.
6"Captive Audience"Shannen DohertyWilson ClevelandJanuary 14, 2011 (2011-01-14)
Struggling screenwriter Cole (Brian Austin Green) has kidnapped Kate (Alexi Wasser), a popular young actress in hopes of getting her to star in his movie. Convincing Kate he's the world's best writer is not as easy as convincing her he's the world's worst kidnapper.
7"Supermen"Michael KangCraig BierkoJanuary 21, 2011 (2011-01-21)
How can Gil (George Newbern) ask his longtime colleague and fellow road warrior Wil (Craig Bierko) to have his midlife crisis somewhere other than his hotel room so he can get some sleep?
8"Company"Mark GanttYuri BaranovskyJanuary 28, 2011 (2011-01-28)
Adrienne (Shannen Doherty), an emotional hotel guest coping with loss and Matthew (Wilson Cleveland) an aloof hotel manager find comfort in each other's company.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (November 28, 2010). "90210 Reunion Just One of Suite 7's Stories". GigaOm. Retrieved November 28, 2010 – via Knowingly, Inc.
  2. ^ Stanley, T.L. (February 1, 2011). "Shannen Doherty Rocks Random Infomercial". AdWeek. Retrieved February 1, 2011 – via Eldridge Industries, LLC.
  3. ^ Szalai, Georg (November 28, 2010). "Milo Ventimiglia, Shannen Doherty Cast in Branded Web Series to Promote Proper Sleep". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 28, 2010 – via Eldridge Industries, LLC.
  4. ^ Marino, Mark (November 29, 2010). "Celebs join Web series aiming to help you sleep". CNN.com. Retrieved November 29, 2010 – via Turner Broadcasting System, Inc.
  5. ^ Cohen, Joshua (November 29, 2010). "Want to Sleep Better? Shannen Doherty and Suite 7 Can Help". Tubefilter. Retrieved November 29, 2010 – via Tubefilter, Inc.
  6. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (January 5, 2011). "Lifetime TV's Suite 7 Lets Actors Stretch Out". GigaOm. Retrieved January 5, 2011 – via Knowingly, Inc.
  7. ^ Hale, Mike (January 14, 2011). "Mishaps in Politicking, Single-Parenthood and Finding a Partner". The New York Times. Retrieved January 14, 2011 – via The New York Times Company.
  8. ^ Edwards, Jim (February 2, 2011). "How Shannen Doherty's Bizarrely Intense Mattress Ad Shows the Power of YouTube". CBS Moneywatch. Retrieved January 14, 2011 – via CBS News.
  9. ^ Miller, Liz Shannon (January 5, 2011). "Lifetime TV's Suite 7 Lets Actors Stretch Out". GigaOm. Retrieved January 5, 2011 – via Knowingly, Inc.
  10. ^ "Suite 7 Awards". IMDb. Retrieved April 26, 2018.

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