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TVSource Fall Preview: ABC's '666 Park Avenue'


Cast of 666 Park Avenue

ABC’s giving viewers a heavy dose of creepy and crazy that’s bound to leave them on the edge of their seats.

Cast of 666 Park Avenue

ABC’s giving viewers a heavy dose of creepy and crazy that’s bound to leave them on the edge of their seats.

The Cast

666 Park Avenue stars Rachael Taylor (Charlie’s Angels, Grey’s Anatomy) as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable (Brothers & Sisters) as Henry Martin, Robert Buckley (One Tree Hill) as Brian Leonard, Mercedes Masohn (The Finder, Chuck) as Louise Leonard, Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2, Desperate Housewives) as Alexis Blune, Samantha Logan as Nona Clarke, Vanessa Williams (Desperate Housewives, Ugly Betty) as Olivia Doran, and Terry O’Quinn (Lost, Alias) as Gavin Doran.

The Premise

At 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone’s needs, wants, desires, and ambition will be met by Gavin Doran – but at a price. Young, Midwest couple Jane and Henry are given the chance to manage the building, they not only fall prey to Doran and his wife, Olivia, but begin to experience the supernatural forces that imprison and endanger the lives of the building’s tenants. What will happen when good struggles against evil?

Initial Reaction

This show is freaky. Not the level of American Horror Story freaky, but it’s definitely got a high level creep factor. There’s a lot going – through dialogue and back story and just the looks traded by the cast. It felt like the kind of pilot I could watch several times over and still find new things I didn’t catch, which made it overwhelming. Now while I enjoyed the pilot, I will confess it was a little slow, especially given that it’ll follow a plot twister like Revenge. The good thing about is that when it does begin to slow down, something crazy will happen to grab your attention again.

Why You Should Watch

You like suspenseful, scary shows. If you watch this in the dark, there are definitely a few scenes that will make you want to switch the lights on. There’s a lot of blood, a deal with the “devil” that results in someone coming back from the dead, creepy dreams, and some bodies being flung around.

Two words: elevator scene. My jaw dropped and I found myself letting out a shrill, “OH. MY. GOD,” when it happened. This is one of those things people think about when riding elevators – just in their heads yet never admit it. When you see it, you’ll know exactly which scene I’m talking about and you’ll find yourself terrified to step on or off an elevator ever again.

The eye candy is pretty nice – for both men and women. Dave Annabel and Robert Buckley will leave the women swooning and the men will be drooling when Rachael Taylor steps onscreen in that slinky red number.

Terry O’Quinn is working it in true O’Quinn fashion. This man is masterful, one of the finest actor’s on television. His ability to be so completely subdued while tormenting someone or say so much with a simple eyebrow raise or turn of a smile is incredible. Partnering him with Vanessa Williams makes for brilliant casting. They’re used to playing cunning, complicated characters and can say so much without words.

There’s a lot of story to tell with this one, so I’d say be patient, give it a few episodes and see where the creepiness takes you. We could be in for one heck of a ride with this one, guys.

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Amber Cunigan
Amber Cunigan is a sarcastic mid-twenties undergrad, extreme book hoarder, Netflix addict, and reality TV aficionado. She enjoys excessive amounts of chocolate and caffeine, tweeting, and all things Ezra Fitz and Ryan Gosling. When it comes to TV, she expects to be thoroughly entertained and when not, she will slam and mock you, but still tune in next week. She's a glutton for punishment. Basically, she's awesome.

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