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  1. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Great promo! Quit a lot of spoilers here, I guess, and it's strange to see how many spoilers the German soaps reveals. Over the past few years, also Hotel Cæsar has increased how many spoilers they publish, up to a level I find a little too high, but I recon that the German soaps may reveal even more? Anyway, it seems like quit a catching storyline, with a lot of "twists and turns".
  2. Hotel Cæsar

    That's Arnfinn Lycke, who has been on the show since January 2011. He started off as a owner of a shipping company (fishing trawlers), but inherited some shares in the Anker-Hansen company and became more and more involved in the company over time, including being CEO for some time back in 2012 - and started a relationship with Juni (they later broke up). Later, he started off by himself, creating his own hotel chain, but in the end, Jens August used his "dirty tricks" (including getting Arnfinn forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital), and then taking control over his company. A lot of different stuff then happened, including Arnfinn being missing for a month after the boat explotion in June 2013, but earlier this autumn, he was diagnozed with an unspecified fatal disease. Before this, he started a relationship with Birte "Bitten" Lillevik, Albert's (Juni's son) ex-wife. While Arnfinn has been "on-and-off" ill during the autumn, Bitten has worked with her own project - "the intuition center", following her, well..., alternative ideas. In the season finale, they was supposed to get married, but in the car, Bitten tells Arnfinn that it's all a lie and that her love for him has never been real, she's only been after his money. After getting this message, Arnfinn became ill during the "wedding part" which ended up not being a wedding party, but some "celebration of love" following the cancelled wedding. As you see, Arnfinn ended up getting ill and collapsing in the elevator. I guess Bitten actually does love Arnfinn in some degree, but that she believes it's all because of his money. I think they'll end up together in the Spring, especialy after seeing the look Bitten sends Arnfinn during the scene in the lobby stairs in the Spring promo.
  3. Hotel Cæsar

    Last Thursday, the 2014 Finale was aired. A very good episode, with an a bit shocking twist at the end - even though we do know how it will go in the end... Anyway, this is one of the previews of the 2014 Finale - who will be shot; Juni Anker-Hansen, Arnfinn Lycke or (the intended) Erik "Edvin" Holte ("Anker-Hansen")? And this is the final 2 minutes of the finale: Here you can see my friend Ole Johannes reaction while he was watching the 2014 Finale (the clip is edited from 23 to 12 minutes): (Like his sister says at the end: we do know that Juni will survive. But as Ole Johannes says on YouTube, when Juni (both his and mine favourite character) is shot, we need to show some reaction, even though we know they never kills off biological members of the Anker-Hansen family (unless if it's due to age).)
  4. Hotel Cæsar

    Yep, I'm pretty sure about that. VG wrote an article with the title "The "new" Ninni is back in Hotel Cæsar ... but no-one wants to talk about the old Ninni", where they're trying to insinuate the opposite, writing the following: "Producer Alvestad will not say much about whether Henriette Lien has been offered the role. - She is busy with something else. But we are educated ("serious", "learned") people, so Lien is informed that the character will return." I can't say anything about the internal process, but I'm pretty sure they've tried to make Henriette Lien return first - after all, she "is" Ninni for the fans, and I believe they would do much to make Lien return. But she's been pretty clear for some years now that she doesn't see her self returning to the show, at least not in the foreseeable future. In the end, the question is whether one wants Ninni back and then accept a recast, or accept that Ninni won't come back, maybe even not before the series is cancelled - something I think would have been a pitty.
  5. Hotel Cæsar

    I'll come back with a summary of 2014 - what's been good, what could've been done better etc. - after the season final, so I'll guess some time during the Christmas week. However, I want to share some news about the show already now: As I've stated earlier, the show got a new script producer earlier in 2014 - her first episodes was recorded from August and on, and they'll be shown on TV approx. after Easter 2015 - she'll "take the show more back to it's roots", and focus more on the family- and private life of the characters, as well as make it "younger" and make the show a bit "lighter" than what it has been the last 1-2 years. I think that'll be good, I've spoken to her and finds her ideas for the show very good. The intention to make the show "younger" hopefully will attract more young viewers to the show, helping to secure the show's future. One of the original characters, Ninni Krogstad Anker-Hansen, is returning to the show in June 2015. She was played by Henriette Lien from 1998 to 2003 (with a break in 2000-01), but is now going to be played by Sølje Bergmann. Some of the fans don't like the recast, becuase Ninni is a very big character of the show, others, like me, finds it ok, since Ninni is such a big character. In addition, they've find an actress that resembles relatively much to the original actress. To sum up Ninni's story: The show started in 1998 with the romance of Georg Anker-Hansen and Ninni Krogstad, and they eventually got married in 1999. Following Georg's death later that year, Ninni inherited 20 % of the company and the position as CEO. A lot of drama followed (she for example got a baby with Georg's son, Jens August, named Georg "Goggen" Anker-Hansen jr.) and eventually, Ninni and Jens August got married in 2002. After the marriage, Ninni discovered Jens August had married her only to be able to secure the control of the company to the family (by falsing Georg's will), and she ended up shooting both Jens August and Arne Marcussen at a masquerade ball (they both had the same costume), killing Arne Marcussen and making Jens August temporarily blind. She was then imprisoned, but is now returning to the show after 12 years. Hopefully, you can see clips of both the filming of Ninni's comeback here and of Ninni's major moments in Hotel Cæsar here (plus some more photos of the filming of the comeback at the end of the article). I think this is going to be very great - and the return in itself will make a great moment, especially to see Juni's reaction when meeting Ninni for the first time in over 12 years... Hopefully though, the show stays on also in 2016 so that Ninni's comeback won't be to just end in the show getting cancelled some months later. Six new "youth" characters are coming to the hotel in the Spring of 2015 (this is in line with Marie Hafting's strategy to make the show "younger"). Or, it's four new characters, one comeback and one recast. Jenny Augusta is currently being played by Camilla Aanonli, but Sofie Asplin is being recasted in the role - to make it possible to have the character more on screen. Aanonli still attends lower secondary school and hence can only play for some hours a week, while Asplin is at her final year at high school and has decided to take the final year by doing "self-studying" (as an external/private candidate). Most fans likes the way Aanonli plays the character, including myself, but on the other hand it's difficult to make great stories for the character with a such young actress, and Marie Hafting do as well have a point when saying that Asplin might resemble slightly more on Eva than Aanonli does. Georg "Goggen" Anker-Hansen jr. is making comeback after three years (studying at Harvard Business School, or acting in Scottland, as the actor did in real life), still played by Tarjei Westby. The rest of the new charaters incudes Amanda Martens (Evelyn Rasmussen Osazuwa), who Goggen brings with him back to Norway; Stian Borg (Arthur Hakalahti), a possible new love interest for Jenny Augusta; Joey Krogstad (Iver Innset), newphew of Pelle, and also a possible new love interest for Jenny Augusta (I guess we'll see a love triangle here); and Sarah Persen (Helene Langseth Solberg), new friend of Jenny Augusta. More about the new characters at TV 2's website here, but it's of course in Norwegian - however, you can see pictures of the new actors. The preview of the spring season is available, and it looks just fabulous!! Can't wait to see this on screen Please press the captions icon to the right below the video for English subtitles.
  6. Hotel Cæsar

    I can post a message at the Gays of Daytime site myself, I've an account there myself, thanks for the tip!
  7. Hotel Cæsar

    Thanks! I really hope we'll make TV 2 change what most likely is their plans, hopefully we manage to improve the ratings a bit - it's going to be hard, but we need to try
  8. Hotel Cæsar

    Oh, I see I haven't made an update here in ages - I'll try to make an update soon, but I might not have time to do that until after my exams in December, since it's quit a lot that has happened on the show since January. But what I'll tell you right now is that TV 2, the channel broadcasting Hotel Cæsar, two weeks ago announced a pause in the filming of Hotel Cæsar from next February - due to the "long gap between filming and airing of episodes". It's actually true, they're almost a year in advance now and I agree that's a bit too much. But the scarry thing about this is that the ratings have dropped slightly over the past years, and we all know what a pause in the filming may lead to in the end - see what happened to British Heartbeat and The Royal. In addition, the production company's contract with TV 2 ends in early 2016, but TV 2 have the option of stopping the production prior to this, making the production stop six months after they decision (which I suppose they've used in this case). They keep saying that we're not to worry, even though TV 2 also states that "there is no automatic in what's on TV 2 from year to year". They also states that they had a pause in the filming eary in the 2000s, which is true, and the show did start filming again six months or so later back then - but some rumours will have it that TV 2 originally had planned to cut the show back then, but since the ratings improved they decided to continue airing the show. However, this has never been confirmed by TV 2, but it seems rather likely. In addition to TV 2's original statement, a national newspaper today has published an article with "rumours" in the industry, stating that TV 2 has decided to make next year the last year of Hotel Cæsar. Again, TV 2 has not confirmed this information, but they're not likely to do so until at least some time next spring, when they'll decide what shows to order for 2016. And I guess they won't release they decision too early, to avoid people not starting to watch the show when they know "the end is near". Of course, me and the rest of the fans realize that everything must come to an end some time, but we don't like TV 2 making this decision now or at latest next spring; the show got a new (script) producer, Marie Hafting, back in January (or, she started for real now in August, after the production's summer break, I guess she had some time working along with the old script producer in the Spring), and her episodes will start airing shortly after Easter next year. Hence, TV 2 is likely to make the decision to "pull the plug" or not before the new producer's episodes has even started to air on TV, and both me and the rest of the hardcore fans believes that her new line for the show is likely to attract more people to the show and increase the ratings. We therefore asks TV 2 to not pull the plug for Hotel Cæsar already early next year, and at least wait until later next year - and hopefully renew the contract for some more years. I therefore hope that as many as possible of you guys here on the forum can "like" this Facebook page, stating that we don't want TV 2 to end Hotel Cæsar in 2016: https://www.facebook.com/Neitilnedleggelseavhc Thanks!
  9. Opening sequences

    Yes, Juni is an original character, since the show's inception in 1998. She then had a break from September 2005 to January 2006. During this time, Juni was in a coma after a car crash. From April 2010, she had a break and returned in December 2010 (only to find that her own house, Ankerseteren, burns down in her second episode after the comeback...), while Juni was searching for her hitherto unknown half-sister, Rose, in Australia, without succeeding in the search (and that's still a mystery, in my opinion, because Rose hasn't been mentioned after this, and I think it's a shame if they sent Juni away for almost a year only to never mention Rose again). Last year, she had a new break from March 2013 to September 2013, following the discovery that Juni has Parkinson's disease, but in a, IMO, rather strange move she had been cured when se returned. Well, Juni did say on the show that it was odd that she was cured from the disease, but I still find it a bit strange. I do hope they bring the disease back some time in the future, to help the show's credibility, since Parkinson's, as far as I know, is a rather incurable disease. Since Juni is my favourite character on the show, I guess it's a bit of a conflict of interest , but I would say Juni is a very special character. The normal way of dealing with her breaks is to just not change the opening while she's away, which worked rather well the two first times she had a break, due to small cast changes during this periods so the only strange in opening really was that Juni was in it, even though she wasn't on the show (or, she was on the show in, let's say, half the episodes the opening was used, but not in the other half). However, the last time that wouldn't have worked out just so well, since it was quit a few cast changes during her break so they decided to change the opening, but still include Juni, as stated earlier, even though she didn't appear in one single episode the opening was used. I guess the reason they have decided to make sure Juni always is included in the opening is because she's the only character who has been included in all the openings since 1998. Juni shared this status with her grandmother, Astrid Anker-Hansen, until Astrid died in April 2010, which btw. saw Juni leaving for Australia the episode after her funeral. I, and other fans, see this as very positive, because Juni has been, and still is, the "largest" and most special character throgh the show's run. She's been around for ever, and has always been a major part of the show - actually even when she has been on break. I think it's a good tradition to keep Juni on the opening, since she is like a "rock" on the show. The frequence of opening sequence updates have varied very much over the show's run. The first opening was used from 1998 and 2000 in a total of 219 episodes, making it the opening sequence used for the longest period, while the 18th and 21st openings was used in respectively 2012 and 2013, both in only 65 episodes. It has as well varied how large the differences are from one opening sequence tot he next one. Sometimes all the character's "shots" are changed, and this is usually accompanied by a larger transformation of the show for example to the introduction of several new characters on the opening sequence, other times there are just minor changes, like adding one character and removing another. Most of the changes are something in between, I guess - maybe 30/70 or 40/60 old/new shots. The relationships between the characters of course changes during the show's run, so they actually need to update the opening quit often, at least by the way the Hotel Cæsar opening works. In general, they change the opening once or, some times, twice a year. More about the opening at this website (in Norwegian): http://hotelcaesar.wikia.com/wiki/%C3%85pningsvignetten
  10. Opening sequences

    For VL, I like each "shot" of the characters (especially the first one in both versions), but I don't like the scrapbook effect. I guess the new recording of the theme is better - well, I don't really know which one I prefer. Hotel Cæsar Seems like I haven't posted the current Hotel Cæsar opening sequence - which has already been used in it's last episode, following the 13 June season finale, and there'll be a new opening sequence when the show returns 18 August. Hence, this opening was used from January 2014 to June 2014: Order: Pelle Krogstad | Storm Liland Anker-Hansen | Mie Andersen | Hilde Eriksen | Vanessa Nyman - Sigrid Uldal - Monica Nyman | Birte «Bitten» Lillevik | Arnfinn Lycke | Eva Rosenkrantz - Jenny Augusta Anker-Hansen - Jens August Anker-Hansen | Edvin Holte | Juni Anker-Hansen Rather more changes in this opening sequence compared to the previous one, than it was when they last changed opening sequence back in August 2013 (which sa only one old character removed and one new character included). Both Albert and Willy are removed from the opening - even though both characters appeared for one and two months respectively after the change of the opening sequence, while Bitten, Edvin, Hilde and Sigrid is now included in the opening (increasing the number of characters included in the opening from 12 to 14, which is something I really like). Edvin and Sigrid was new characters as of respectively December 2013 and January 2014, while Hilde has been on the show since March 2013, but new on the opening. Bitten has been on the show multiple times - in 2000, 2002, 2012 and 2013 - before being included in the opening for the first time. The characters has also been moved around to reflect their new positions/new relationships: Pelle "opens" the opening, which have been standard since early 2012 (the original portier, Åge, used to "open" the opening this way while he was on the show from it's premiere in 1998 until 2003, and they re-introduced this tradition in early 2012) Storm has been moved away from Arnfinn to reflect the end of their business relations, and he has also been given a little more "rough" look to indicate his new career - drug dealing... Mie is moved to the front, and doesn't need to look at Albert any more (since he has left the show), but is perhaps seen as a more independent woman. Hilde is new on the opening, and I guess she's trying to show her a bit "bossy" attitude, even though she's "Sous chef" and not the real chef at Restaurant Cleo. Then we see the Nyman-Uldal family (Sigrid Uldal is Monica's mother). Vanessa looks rather happy having her grandmother in the middle between her and her mother, while the reuniting of mother and daugther becomes rather though for both Monica and Sigrid - which can be seen clearly be their facial expressions in the sequence). I guess it's rather straigth forward what Bitten wants.... Arnfinn! And Arnfinn, now moved away from Storm, doesn't seem to reject Bitten... Eva's focus lays on her daugther, Jenny, finally back home from Paris, but Jens August is as usual busy with other stuff like fixing his suit... I assume it is a symbol for the fact that he mostly focuses on work and not so much on family, as usual. Edvin just comes up from nothing - who's this mysterious man? Oh, you Anker-Hansens should've prepared, this man is evil, manipulative and - at times - almost psychopathic! This family will never be the same after dealing with Edvin... Juni is back where she belongs, in the grand finale of the opening!* "Funfact": Since it's premiere in 1998, the show has had 22 different opening sequences, and Juni has been the last characters in the opening 9 times - and she's been included in all the openings, she hasn't missed a single one. This doesn't mean she hasn't had breaks from the show, but they've never removed her from the opening. This has given some strange results, for instance, Juni was included in the 20th opening last year even though she did't appear in one single episode where the sequence was used. In addition: the finale character has been a woman during all the years from 1998, sometimes accompanied by a man (but mostly on her own).
  11. Hotel Cæsar

    Thought I'd share some photos from the production's Christmas party a few weeks ago: From left: Nils Vogt (Arnfinn Lycke), unknown (new character), Anette Hoff (Juni Anker-Hansen), Torgeir Reiten (Edvin Holte), Hilde Erichsen (Hanne Dahle), Assad Siddique (Harshad Kapoor), Evy Kasseth Røsten (Mie Andersen), Kenneth Åkerland Berg (Albert Lunde), Kim-Daniel Sannes (Storm Liland Anker-Hansen), Anne Kokkinn (Birte «Bitten» Lillevik), Camilla Aanonli (Jenny Augusta Anker-Hansen), Rudy Claes (Eva Rosenkrantz), Kim Kolstad (Jens August Anker-Hansen), Nikis Theophilakis (Pelle Krogstad) and Svein Østvik (Bingo-Bjørn). Nils Vogt (Arnfinn) and Anne Kokkinn (Bitten). Things will "heat up" between Arnfinn and Bitten in the new season... Kenneth Åkerland Berg (Albert) and Evy Kasseth Røsten (Mie). For how long will they stay on the show? Some things indicate that both leaves the show, while others indicate that both stays on the show. It's actually hard to tell if they both will stay on the show, if one will leave the show while the other one stays on the show or if they both will leave the show. Show runner Arne Berggren and Nikis Theophilakis (Pelle). Svein «Charter-Svein» Østvik, famous from the Norwegian "docu-soap" Charterfeber, will join the show as "Bingo-Bjørn" in April. I don't know if I should be happy or terrified of it... Rudy Claes (Eva), Camilla Aanonli (Jenny) and Anette Hoff (Juni). Both the Rosenkrantz and the Anker-Hansen family is represented here, and they'll apparently both have it pretty rough the next season. As the show runner Berggren puts it: "It will be an intense period for the Anker-Hansen [and Rosenkrantz] family - now they're threatened from the inside." Kim-Daniel Sannes (Storm) - will he survive the shooting? Of course he does - we've known that for over a month already... But he'll still be much away from the show in 2014, due to his participation in Skal vi danse, the Norwegian version of Strictly Come Dancing/Dancing with the Stars, where he ended in 2nd place. Kim Kolstad (Jens August) and Torgeir Reiten (Edvin) - it is with these two characters most of the drama will unfold in 2014! Edvin is the "threat from the inside" as Berggren talked about. This is going to be exciting! Source and copyright: http://www.vg.no/bildespesial/spesial.php?id=11110
  12. Hotel Cæsar

    New promos - for the season finale! Hotel Cæsar is currently on Christmas break, and will return at 6th January 2014. The show has released a 2 min. preview of the spring season; I'll sub it some time soon and then post it here. I think the spring season is going to be rather good! Please press the CC button to the right below the video for English subtitles. The full shooting scene from the season finale (without subs):
  13. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Thanks for the answer! Then the broadcast is a bit different in Germany than here in Norway. Here, Hotel Cæsar has two major breaks during a year: one for the summer and one through Christmas. The summer break has previously usually been approximately three months, but in recent years it has been cut down to two months (I guess it is done in an attempt to keep the gap between filming and broadcast of the episodes a little closer than it otherwise would have been, since the production films five episodes a week, while the TV channel, TV 2, broadcasts only four a week), so the summer break these days are normally from mid-June to mid-August. The Christmas break also used to be longer in the past, up to 1-1,5 months, but are these days approximately three weeks, from mid-December to early January. In addition, the show had a one-week Easter break both in 2012 and in 2013, for the first time since 2003. However, the show runs as normally on national holidays - including both the Norwegian Constitution Day (National Day of Norway, 17th May) and Labor Day.
  14. German soaps: GZSZ, UU & AWZ

    Are the German soaps running as normal during the Christmas?
  15. Hotel Cæsar

    New promos - leading up to the season finale! (I'm a bit behind on uploading subtitles to the promos, so they're coming a bit late, unfortunately) Please press the CC button to the right below the video for English subtitles.