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Wren T. Brown
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original run||September 9, 2003– April 20, 2004|
Whoopi is an American situation comedy, starring Whoopi Goldberg, that aired on Tuesdays from September 9, 2003, on NBC to April 20, 2004. The series revolved around the events and people at her hotel, the Lamont Hotel, in New York City.
From the creators and executive producers of 3rd Rock from the Sun and That '70s Show, Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg starred in this comedy as one-hit wonder Mavis Rae, a cigarette-smoking, alcohol-drinking, menopausal and especially opinionated hotelier. The former one-hit wonder runs her own small hotel in New York City - and does it any way she wants. Goldberg also served as an executive producer on the series.
Fifteen years earlier, Mavis had one huge, spectacular hit song, "Don't Hide Love". Quickly realizing that her initial success was a fluke, she parlayed her finances from that hit into purchasing the Lamont Hotel in Manhattan. Mavis operates the hotel on her charm and wit while assisted by Nasim (Omid Djalili), who is a native of Iran. Also in the regular cast were Mavis's brother Courtney (Wren T. Brown), a conservative Republican, and his girlfriend Rita (Elizabeth Regen), who spoke jive and was portrayed with an exaggerated urban black stereotype despite the fact that she was white. Rita and Mavis frequently clashed over the course of the series, leading to many of the conflicts that drove the plot of each episode.
- Whoopi Goldberg – Mavis Rae
- Omid Djalili – Nasim
- Wren T. Brown – Courtney Rae
- Elizabeth Regen – Rita Nash
- Gordana Rashovich - Jadwiga
Notable guest stars
- Diahann Carroll as Mavis' mother, Viveca Rae (episode: Mother's Little Helper)
- Sheryl Lee Ralph as Mavis' former band mate, Florence Lamarck (episode: She Ain't Heavy, She's My Partner)
- Celeste Holm as an elderly tenant of Mavis', Diana (episode: The Squatter)
- Vinny DeGennaro as the Bartender
- Patrick Swayze as Mavis' former choreographer, Tony (episode: The Last Dance)
- Rue McClanahan as a hotel guest using marijuana with a group of "ill" seniors (episode: American Woman)
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