Guys and gals, we've screened the pilot of 666 Park Avenue, ABC's new supernatural mystery thriller about a super old apartment building with the devil for a landlord. So is it worth your time? Here's a quick FAQ to help you decide.
What is 666 Park Avenue?
666 Park Avenue is all about the goings-on in and around The Drake, a swanky apartment building on Manhattan's Upper East Side. When mysterious owners Gavin and Olivia Doran (the scenery-chewing Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams) roll out the welcome mat for the distractingly beautiful, naive new building managers Jane and Henry (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable), the newcomers come to experience unexplainable phenomena in their lives and the lives of their neighbors. Are these odd events all figments of their imaginations, or is the building literally owned by THE DEVIL? (Spoiler: It's the latter.)
When does it premiere?
666 Park Avenue debuts Sunday, September 30 at 10pm on ABC.
Who's behind it?
Most importantly, 666 Park Avenue is produced by Alloy Entertainment, the same evil-genu behind The Vampire Diaries, Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle, Pretty Little Liars, and The Lying Game. Like those shows, it's based on a series of books. Series creator David Wilcox previously worked as a co-executive producer on Fringe and Life on Mars.
Who's the target audience?
Women; people who enjoy just a touch of horror in their primetime soaps; Revenge viewers too lazy to change the channel.
What's good about it?
The cast is straight-up incredible. Though none of the characters make much of an impression in the pilot, Terry O'Quinn could read a phone book and it'd be worth your time. Additionally, the interiors of The Drake are as opulent and attractive as you'd expect from a building that people literally sell their souls to reside in.
Are there any not-good parts I should know about?
The pilot is astonishingly boring, particularly if you've grown accustomed to the quicker storytelling of something like The Vampire Diaries (or even True Blood). From the laughably uninteresting cold open "teaser" to the slow-as-molasses unveiling of the truth about The Drake, this was one of the most disappointing pilots of the fall season for me. But I have to admit, there's a chance this thing could get better in the future. Remember the TVD pilot?
Okay, but seriously, should I watch it?
[Long sigh.] If you must.
Do you have a clip or a trailer I can take a look at?
Drink of choice for my 666 Park Avenue viewing experience?
Non-alcoholic wine. (I know, right?)
666 Park Avenue debuts Sunday, September 30 at 10 pm on ABC.