‘The Guest Book’ is an American anthology comedy television series. The show airs on TBS and first premiered on August 3, 2017. Greg Garcia, the writer of this show, famously based the episodes on his habit of writing fake guest book entries while he is on vacation. Garcia is known for his other works like ‘My Name is Earl’ and ‘Raising Hope‘.
The show itself centers on the lives of the employees and visitors as they travel to a group of rental cottages meant for vacationing. Over the seasons, the locations change, but the regular cast of the show plays residents in the town, while each episode is focused on a different guest star who plays an out-of-town vacationer. It was the number one cable comedy series of the year in 2018, in terms of viewership.
When one thinks of hotels one rarely thinks of the people running it, but believe me, for the people working there, every guest has a story, some quirkier than others. One only needs to look at Wes Anderson’s ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel‘ to understand the dynamic between the guests and the employees. However, ‘The Guest Book’ kicks things up a notch as the out of town vacationer interacts with the locals leading to comic, and often awkward situations. Critics have praised the show, saying, “An outstanding cast and sporadically sharp humor make The Guest Book worth checking out, even if its anthology formula leads to a bumpy journey from episode to episode.”
The Guest Book Cast: Who is in it?
‘The Guest Book’ features several well known cast members. One that immediately springs to mind is Carly Jibson as Vivian “Tickles” Williams. In the first season, she is the owner of the local strip club, Chubby’s, which is located near the mountain rental Froggy Cabin. The next season sees her in the role of a waitress at Emmy Lou’s Grill, which is a restaurant near the beach rental, Barefeet Retreat.
Other characters that we see are Charlie Robinson as Wilfred, the caretaker of the mountain rentals, and Lou Wilson as Frank, Vivian’s stepson, who has a major role in the initial season, but only a guest appearance in the following season. Kellie Martin of ‘ER’ fame is seen as Officer Kimberly Leahy, while Eddie Steeples is seen in the show as Eddie, Wilfred’s nephew.
The characters who are exclusive to the second season are Kimiko Glenn as Nikki, a waitress at the grill, Jimmy Tatro as Bodhi, who is Eddie’s friend and someone that Vivian lustfully desires, and most importantly Dan Beirne as Tommy, who is engaged to Nikki. He also happens to be the manager of Emmy Lou’s Grill and the caretaker of Barefeet Retreat, which is his mother’s beach house.