Fall Premiere Preview: Should You Check in to 666 Park Avenue?

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It's August. The dog days of summer. The month may bring the heat, but it also brings excitement over the fall television season, which - for the most part - gets underway next month.

In anticipation, we're offering up previews of various new shows from around the dial. Having already seen the premiere, I strongly recommended ABC's Last Resort a few days ago. Now, it's on to the scariest address on the small screen: 666 Park Avenue.

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When It Airs: Sunday nights at 10 on ABC.

Who It Stars: Rachael Taylor, Dave Annable, Mercedes Masöhn, Robert Buckley, Helena Mattsson, Erik Palladino, Samantha Logan, Vanessa Williams, Terry O'Quinn

What It's About: A young couple (Taylor and Annable) are hired as the managers of an apartment building in New York City that's owned by Olivia and Gavin Doran (Williams and O'Quinn), a pair of shady agenda-carrying individuals who may or may not have a close relation to Satan.

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Why You Should Watch: Because this is mindless entertainment on a Sunday night. It's the sort of show where you can switch off your brain and simply reveal in O'Quinn's dastardly smirk or Taylor's mind-numbing beauty. It's the epitome of a guilty pleasure, with everyone in the cast clearly having fun and events set against the backdrop of sex, suspense and horror.

Following Revenge and Once Upon a Time, 666 Park Avenue is the perfect capper for an evening of fun and fantasy on ABC.

Why You Shouldn't Watch: It's not creepy enough. This is network television, so there's only so far the series can go (as opposed to the utter, awesome absurdity of American Horror Story, for example), but I spent the pilot waiting to truly be frightened or taken aback.

But there's not really a lot new here. A haunted house? Deals with the devil? It's all fairly derivative.

Through one episode, it also feels like a waste of O'Quinn. Viewers witnessed layer on top of layer from the actor in Lost, but he's really a one-note villain in the premiere. The star did tell me at Comic-Con, however, that he hopes and assumes we'll learn a lot more about Gavin as the drama progresses.

Recommendation: WATCH, but don't expect greatness.

Matt Richenthal is the Editor in Chief of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter and on Google+.

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(Continued...) The only example I can think of offhand is the ridiculous ranting over the new Sherlock Holmes "Elementary"; people who've been in love with the BBC's "Sherlock" have been whining about it being a rip-off of that show. It's all ridiculous, because NONE of it is original and almost EVERY show is derivative to some extent the way art, music, and everything else creative is derivative. Everyone steals---or "borrows" stuff from past creations, whether anyone realizes or admits to it or not.

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Does a series really have to be on a cable channel or need to have gore ala "Saw", etc., to be considered relevant and/or "original"? I get a bit weary of people knocking network t.v. because it's not HBO or Showtime; it's like the further you can push the envelope in terms of shock value & grotesqueness because it's on cable, the "better" something is perceived to be. I have cable but still watch mostly network t.v. because of this factor; there's only so much weird I can stand. Also, not everyone has the luxury of cable, and it seems more and more like reviewers are becoming snobs where it comes to cable vs. network; with a few exceptions, network programs are constantly being negatively compared to similar cable programs. The only example I can think of offhand is the ridiculous ranting over the new Sherlock Holmes "Elementary"; people who've been in love with the BBC's "Sherlock" (granted, I realize this is not on cable, but it illustrates my point)have been whining about it being a rip-off of that show. It's all ridiculous, because NONE of it is original and almost EVERY show is derivative to some extent the way art, music, and everything else creative is derivative. Everyone steals---or "borrows" stuff from past creations, whether anyone realizes or admits to it or not.

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Does a series really have to be on a cable channel or need to have gore ala "Saw", etc., to be considered relevant and/or "original"? I get a bit weary of people knocking network t.v. because it's not HBO or Showtime; it's like the further you can push the envelope in terms of shock value & grotesqueness because it's on cable, the "better" something is perceived to be. I have cable but still watch mostly network t.v. because of this factor; there's only so much weird I can stand. Also, not everyone has the luxury of cable, and it seems more and more like reviewers are becoming snobs where it comes to cable vs. network; with a few exceptions, network programs are constantly being negatively compared to similar cable programs. The only example I can think of offhand is the ridiculous ranting over the new Sherlock Holmes "Elementary"; people who've been in love with the BBC's "Sherlock" (granted, I realize this is not on cable, but it illustrates my point)have been whining about it being a rip-off of that show. It's all ridiculous, because NONE of it is original and almost EVERY show is derivative to some extent the way art, music, and everything else creative is derivative. Everyone steals---or "borrows" stuff from past creations, whether anyone realizes or admits to it or not.

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I will watch because I LOVE Dave Annable....there is something so charming and endearing about this kid. I loved his character Justin on Sisters & Brothers.

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Will watch because of O'Quinn with hopes they develop his character. There hasn't been a good Devil's Apprentice since Gary Cole in American Gothic. Now there was a man you love to hate!!!

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Is this show based on the movie Devils Advocate? Thats what it reminds me of. I'll dvr it and wait to see if they cancel it or if its a hit. Hate getting into a show just for it to be canceled. Good to see Robert Buckley, Erik Palladino and Vanessa Williams in it. Still would prefer Desperate Housewives to be on than this but at least Vanessa Williams will be on it, guess she moved from Wisteria Lane to 666 Park Avenue, lol.

Danielle50

I am going to try it out since it comes on after my two favorite ABC shows.

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I watched the pilot at ComicCon and am inclined to agree. I feel like O'Quinn isn't being used to his full potential, but I am going to give it a few episodes beofre I decide. I think it might be one of those shows that are slow getting off the ground. But I'm not feeling the two main characters, they're not very interesting or engaging and I spent most the pilot waiting for Gavin to appear.

Matt richenthal

@Sa'ad702: I think that's any warm-blooded male.
But I did actually watch the pilot, this wasn't written off some kind of speculation. I also talked one-on-one with each member of the cast, so not sure why other sites would have better coverage than TV Fanatic. I also recommended the show to readers. So... yeah, we seem to be on the same page!

Saad702

Oh Matt, clearly you only get jizzed up for The Vampire Diaries. And Caroline Forbes. Or is that Dan? Anyhoo. 666 is gonna be good. Maybe not AHS good, but good nonetheless. Its not derivative and there is MORE to it than meets the eye. If anyone followed the comicon coverage by E! N TvLine or even Entertainment Weekly: The pilot sets everything up, intro's the important players and as we move on, we'll get more spook and action.
I'm gonna give this a watch, it will be the best way to end of a sunday evening.

666 Park Avenue Quotes

We all have our own ways of dealing with loss.

Gavin

Louise: Without her I would be screwed.
Brian: That would be the idea.

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