First Thursdays were the big “it” TV night, then it became Mondays and now somehow it has shifted to Sundays. Between HBO’s epic series like ”Game Of Thrones” and “Boardwalk Empire” and AMC’s powerhouses “Mad Men” and “The Walking Dead,” the night before the start of the work week has suddenly became TV’s most desired landing pad. Tonight ABC continues its Sunday night revamp with the addition of “666 Park Avenue,” a drama series that could have a hell of a time finding an audience.
On paper any series starring Emmy winner Terry O’Quinn is a good idea. The “Lost” star is one of today’s most in demand actors and charismatic performers. In “666,” he plays Gavin Doran, the owner of New York’s most elite apartment building. Although the building’s latest managers (Dave Annable, Rachael Taylor) have no idea he may also be the devil himself. As the audience soon learns all of the tenants in the building have seemingly sold their soul for success and Gavin’s not about to let any of them forget it!
Between the official trailer and the entire first act (which ABC is streaming online), the series shows promise but it also seems predictable. While the concept is solid and should draw viewers, the execution seems a little flawed and that could hurt it in subsequent weeks
We all know the lure of achieving all of our hopes and dreams can make us do stupid things, but watching Annable and Taylor’s characters quickly set themselves up for trouble down the line seems a little too convenient. The pieces of this puzzle should fit better but here everything looks a little forced.
Loosely (and producers means loosely) based on the book of the same name by Gabriella Pierce, the series is being installed in what has been a black hole of sorts for ABC over the last year. Following the abrupt cancellation of previous timeslot holder “Brothers & Sisters,” the network tried to launch “Pan Am” and then “GCB” in that window with each failing miserably. While the declining ratings of “Desperate Housewives” certainly didn’t help, many also suspect the fan backlash over the unceremonious way ABC axed “Brothers” may have had a lingering impact.
With “B&S” star Dave Annable returning to the slot with “666,” some wonder if that will excise any demons from that timeslot. Paired with the equally high concept “Revenge” and “Once Upon a Time,” the drama will have the luxury of two solid lead-ins that neither 2011-2012 freshman entry had last season. Although getting people to watch at first shouldn’t be the challenging part as a cast comprised of O’Quinn, Annable, Taylor and the beautiful Vanessa Williams are a strong audience hook. It’s more if they will like what they see that will matter and judging by today’s early round of reviews the devil may really be in the details.
“666 Park Avenue” debuts tonight at 10 p.m. on ABC.
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For previews of the 2012 Fall TV season you can click on the below:
“The New Normal”
“The Mob Doctor”
“Ben and Kate”
“The Mindy Project”
“Made In Jersey”
“Sons Of Anarchy”
“The X Factor”
“Dancing With The Stars”
“The Good Wife”
“Once Upon A Time”
2012 Fall Preview Week Coverage:
–Most Promising Comedies
–Most Promising Dramas
–Least Promising Series
–Celebrities To Watch
-Ratings Winners & Losers