Payne premiered on CBS on March 15, 1999. This series is based upon the classic British television series, Fawlty Towers. John Larroquette plays Royal Payne, while JoBeth Williams plays his wife, Constance. They are the owners of the Whispering Pines hotel on the California coast. The hotel staff are a bit unusual, including Mo, the bumbling bellman, and Breeze.