I thought that too, although in all fairness he was given a lot more to work with writing-wise. And he was simply "better than how he was playing Morgan", not OMG-blow-your-socks-off-A-Star-Is-Born! terrific. He's still got a long way to go to develop as an actor.
I enjoyed GRAND HOTEL as well, it was soapy, frothy, and fun. Gave me a real "classic DYNASTY" vibe. I'm intrigued enough to keep watching.