News about Fall's freshmen shows has been mostly positive, with few shows getting canceled — until recently. Earlier this week, CBS canceled Partners, and now ABC has followed suit, canceling both 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort. ABC recently gave Nashville and Neighbors full-season pickups, but the low-rated supernatural series and military drama were not so lucky. ABC will still air the rest of the episodes of 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort, completing their 13-episode cycles.
666 Park Avenue is one of ABC's most riveting freshman series, and we got a sneak peek of the pilot, which debuts tonight. The Manhattan-based mystery stars Lost's Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams as devious apartment building owners, and Brothers & Sisters' Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor play the unwitting couple who become the building's newest targets.
- What it's about: Jane (Taylor) and Henry (Annable) are the new caretakers of the Drake, a historic apartment building on New York's Upper East Side. The seemingly perfect gig comes with an amazing apartment of their own, but the setup may not be as wonderful as it appears. The Drake isn't merely old, creaky, and creepy — the building's residents are struggling with issues of the evil, supernatural variety.
- Where it works: There's no shortage of dramatic and creepy sequences (secret rooms! Murderous elevators! Petty thieves!) in the pilot, and with all the number of plot points introduced, they have plenty of material to work with throughout the series. O'Quinn and Williams have proven themselves to be prime-time superstars, but they play particularly well off each other as the building's devious owners.
- Where it doesn't: Aside from Jane, Henry, and the owners, the pilot introduces a lot of characters, and it can be a little confusing about who is who, which people live in the building, and what their issues are. I'm hoping that as the series goes on, it will get a little less scattered.
- When it's on: Sundays at 10 p.m.
- You might like this show if: American Horror Story is too graphic for you.
To see a preview and some photos from 666 Park Avenue, just keep reading.
Vanessa Williams and Terry O'Quinn play the owners of a suspiciously spooky NYC apartment building in ABC's new series 666 Park Avenue. We spoke with the costars recently about the show's boundary-pushing mix of horror and suspense and whether or not Terry's character might actually be the devil himself. Check out our chat, and catch 666 Park Avenue when it premieres tonight on ABC at 10/9 Central.
In 666 Park Avenue, ABC's new spooky supernatural drama, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor play a couple who sign on to manage Manhattan's most haunted apartment building. When I sat down to talk to the two stars, they talked about how scary things will get on the show, the horror films that 666 Park Avenue will reference (hint: there's a lot of Hitchcock), and what it's like to work with TV veteran Terry O'Quinn. Watch their interview and be sure to tune in to the premiere on Sept. 30.
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ABC is bringing a new "supernatural soap" to prime time with 666 Park Avenue. The series stars plenty of familiar faces from the network, including Lost's Terry O'Quinn, Brothers and Sisters' Dave Annable, Grey's Anatomy's Rachael Taylor, and Vanessa Williams, who is fresh off her stint on Desperate Housewives. Those actors were joined by the show's executive producers at the TCA to talk about their creepy new show, which follows the residents of a swanky Park Avenue building called The Drake.
Annable and Taylor star as the wide-eyed new tenants, who are hired by Gavin (O'Quinn) and Olivia (Williams) to manage the building. Little do they know that living in splendor comes with a price, which their neighbors are beginning to learn as dark things start happening to them. There are plenty of questions raised in the pilot (and just in the promos for the show), so here are five things you should know about 666 Park Avenue.
- Don't expect much speak of the devil. The pilot suggests that O'Quinn's character Gavin could be the devil, based on the deals he strikes with his tenants (and the general creepiness of the building), but you won't hear any overt mentions of Satan himself. Executive producer David Wilcox said that the show's title is the strongest allusion to the devil, and he "guaranteed" that Olivia and Gavin are not what we expect.
- There won't be (too much) blood. Given the show's home on network TV, 666 Park Avenue is more of a psychological thriller than a gore-fest. Wilcox mentioned that they're going for a Hitchcock vibe, hoping to get under audiences' skin by creating stories (not images) that stay with you. He said there will still be "shocking, visceral moments," but it will mostly be driven by suspense.
- This isn't American Horror Story. The producers already assured us that Annable and Taylor will be back if the show is picked up for a second season, which means it isn't likely that their characters will be killed off immediately (though I guess it's possible they could return as ghosts). Their characters may also be physically unable to leave the building, as Wilcox teased that the contract they sign in the pilot is "more than just a lease."
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