Saturday, May 19, 2012

666 Park Avenue

Judging by the youtube comments, I'm not the only one getting flashbacks of The Devil's Advocate when looking at the promos for 666 Park Avenue. All in all, this looks like a safe bet by ABC. American Horror Story -- I show I have yet to warm up to -- was a big success for FX, so why not try to ride the wave with a similar concept on network television?

Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn) and his sexy wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they’re living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they’ve been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple – Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable) — is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home.

Smart casting: Vanessa Williams brings in some of the Desperate Housewives crowd, while Terry O'Quinn can attract Losties.

I would expect a show like this to (initially) pull in decent numbers, but will it be enough? The River averaged a disappointing 4.5 million viewers in its limited run on ABC, but American Horror Story averaged 4.4 million viewers was considered a ratings bonanza by cable standards.

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