Hey TV.com, Should I Watch 666 Park Avenue?

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.






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All things being equal, this will be cancelled mid-season.
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Boring!!!! REVENGE is way better!!!!
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"Revenge viewers too lazy to change the channel." Sounds like me, I'll give it a try.
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Awesome cast, too bad it's wasted on this show.
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I might check it out, I can always use more shows to occupy my time.
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Your review is pretty much exactly what I've read about this show in a few other sources. They all say that despite its cast, it's pretty boring. But I guess I must watch the pilot, just so that I can follow the plot when I watch the second episode to see if it brings on any improvement.

My interest in this show is so low that I didn't even consider it when making my Dead Pool selection. I just ignored it. That was probably a mistake since this show might be cancelled quickly.
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Actually Price, I think you should wrap up Veronica Mars.....but watch this as well!
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One click of the remote and I can watch The Mentalist instead. So no i will not check into this hotel.
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You ARE a glutton for punishment. Oh but I'm sure he'll catch Red John soon, at least before the decade runs out. Gotta love that CBI. I only watch this crap because my wife hates everything except this clunker - 5 minutes of cleverness crammed into an hour...
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I'll be chalked up as a Revenge viewer too lazy to change the channel. Oh and Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams are awesome .
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I'll give it a chance. Too good cast, too interesting plot to avoid it completely. Though I believe Price's view - it is probably boring as hell - but there're so few good pilots this season. #lastresort #thatsall
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Let's try it.
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I'm going to take a look, at least. Never know when something's going to surprise you. It's so interesting to see the recent trend toward horror in primetime. Time will tell if this does any better than last season's The River.
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I have to know Price, before I watch this show are you going to posting photo recaps?
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Even though this has a great cast and a great premise, I don't think this will be long for this world. The pilot may blow my mind, but I'm not holding my breath for that. Nothing I have heard so far makes me thing this will be awesome. Something that has bugged me since I first saw promos for this show is that I don't really buy Terry O'Quinn and Vanessa Williams being married. It just bugs me for some reason. I do like the idea of Terry O'Quinn being evil though, I don't think he really got enough of a chance on LOST to play evil. I'm watching the pilot, but I'm not sure about the future episodes.
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Had the same thought about O'Quinn and Williams. I keep wondering why Williams would do this. It doesn't seem in her personality to play someone evil or married to evil unless she's clueless about him. I would think she is better at comedy, and in particular, musical stuff like Glee or the new Nashville. She can sing, and despite very few chances on TV of it, she should be going for something that would allow her to. It's what she should have done on Desperate Housewives too. it would have made her a better character there.
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I will give it a few episodes, though I must admit my anticipation for it has dwindled somewhat. My schedule, especially on Sunday, is pretty heavy and it'll have to be pretty good for me to stay caught up on it.
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Could be worth a watch. The first several episodes of TVD were the worst, but it shaped up to be a pretty great show, so I guess you never know. p.s. non-alcoholic wine is called juice.
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I'll check it out, but I will quit by episode 4 if I'm not impressed and rely on many positive reviews in the future to convince me to pick it back up and play catch up.
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I'll check out the pilot but it's on against The Mentalist (which was displaced by Elementary) so I can't say I'll stick with it.

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I remember the TVD's cheesy Pilot and TVD's first four or five snooze-fest episodes. And then it got to become REALLY good! And I've been looking forward to this show, so I'll be watching it.



I'm just REALLY excited for Once and especially Revenge to be back this Sunday! I can't contain my excitement.
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"Non-alcoholic wine. (I know, right?)"



Haahaa
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My anticipation for this was initially high after I heard about the show being picked up and reading about the premise and its cast. It sounded pretty cool, and it may have been fourth or so in my "most anticipated new shows."

Since then, I've seen about 5 different commercials or promos for it and they all look HORRIBLE. Like, not just bad... but I'm getting WORST SHOW EVER vibes. I'm still going to watch the pilot because promos often do a bad job marketing the show, but my level of anticipation dropped a lot.
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"Remember the TVD pilot?"

Yes. I remember that after about 10 minutes, Elena hit a bird with her car, then stopped and turned to Bonnie in the passenger seat and said "Are you OK?" Why the *** wouldn't she be? She was *in* the car, not in front of it. That was already the THIRD "Are you OK?" in the pilot. I was seriously thinking about turning it off right there, but then I realized that I had nothing else to watch.

Regarding 666...The trailer made it look so bad that I decided to not even check out the pilot. I was thinking to myself that I might give it a shot if it gets good reviews and comments here.

The devil owns the building? Seriously? What I expect from this show after seeing the trailer and hearing that, is a bunch of weird scenes that would just make me go "Why would *that* happen just because the devil owns the building?"
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*sigh* I am legit disappointed that this show is getting less-than-stellar reviews. But I still plan on checking it out! I am hoping for the best with this one.
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Non-alcoholic wine? I know not of which you speak...
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If you must... :D
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