is a short-lived television situation comedy
, starring Whoopi Goldberg
as "Mavis Rae", a member of the former one-hit wonder
group "The Ebony Blackbirds." The series revolved around the events and people at her hotel, the Lamont Hotel, in New York City
. The show was not well-received among some political conservatives since some of its dialogue and situations satirized President George W. Bush and criticized his policies during the American invasion of Iraq
. The show aired at 8:00 PM ET
, on Tuesdays starting September 9
, on NBC
; it went off the air in April 2004.
Cast and characters
- Mavis Rae, an irritated, chainsmoking one hit wonder, reduced to running a small and unsuccessful NYC hotel. Played by Whoopi Goldberg.
- Nasim, The Le Mont's Persian janitor with implied terrorist connections. Played by Omid Djalili.
- Courtney Rae, Mavis' brother. He had a job at Enron, and now lives in a room in Mavis' hotel. He is the complete opposite to his sister in every way. Played by Wren T. Brown.
- Rita, Courtney's 'culturally confused' girlfriend. Mavis dislikes Rita, and disapproves of their relationship. Played by Elizabeth Regen.