Branded web content tends to bring in celebrity appearances, but Suite 7, an upcoming anthology series sponsored by the Better Sleep Council and distributed online by Lifetime, has a pretty impressive line-up — especially for any fans of Beverly Hills 90210.
The seven installments of Suite 7 includes, in alphabetical order, the following cast:
- Craig Bierko (Damages)
- Wilson Cleveland (The Temp Life)
- Henry Dittman (Greek)
- Shannen Doherty (Beverly Hills 90210)
- Illeana Douglas (Easy to Assemble)
- Brian Austin Green (Beverly Hills 90210)
- Marc Hustvedt (co-founder of Tubefilter)
- Tony Janning (Legend of Neil)
- Eddie McClintock (Warehouse 13)
- Brandon Molale (Reno 911!)
- Jaime Murray (Dexter)
- George Newbern (Nip/Tuck)
- Tara Perry (The Legend of Neil)
- Milo Ventimiglia (Heroes)
Doherty, Mark Gantt, Michael Kang, Paul Lindsay, Sandeep Parikh and Ventimiglia have pulled directing duties on episodes penned by Yuri Baranovsky, Bierko, Cleveland, Russ Cundiff and Dino DeMillo, Douglas, Janning and Parikh as well as Susan Miller.
Each of the seven episodes tells an individual story set inside the same hotel suite; according to the press release, the Better Sleep Council is hoping the series will spread a positive message about “the benefits of a good night’s sleep.” It’s kind of like the 1995 film Four Rooms, in which Quentin Tarantino, Robert Rodriguez, Allison Anders and Alexandre Rockwell made individual shorts set in a hotel, except with high-profile web series talent (and without Tim Roth creeping up the joint).
“When it came time to cast Suite 7, we wanted to give these actors, who have been so great to CJP and our clients, a broader creative opportunity,” Cleveland (who, aside from acting and writing duties, also serves as executive producer) said via email. “So when we initially contacted people, we led with the opportunity to write and/or direct an episode for them to appear in.”
And for Cleveland, the project brought personal rewards: “Shannen [Doherty] directed the episode I wrote and suggested Brian Austin Green. The idea of bringing those two together on a project for the first time since 90210 was a total fan-gasm for me. I was a bit of a 90210 fan, and they had a blast working together again. Brian is so ridiculously funny in this and Shannen is a truly brilliant director.”
Suite 7 will premiere Dec. 17, following the release of an introduction on Dec. 10. Subsequent episodes will debut weekly on Fridays.
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