This series is on the 2012 Fall line-up and is scheduled to air on ABC Sunday nights at 10:00 pm Eastern/9:00 pm Central, after Revenge. 666 Park Avenue stars:
Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” “Millennium,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Alias,” “The West Wing,” “Jag”) as Gavin Doran, the building’s owner and the series’ primary antagonist.
Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” Shaft, Soul Food) as Olivia Doran, the coldly beautiful and sophisticated wife of the building’s owner.
Gavin and Olivia recruit an idealistic young couple, Jane and Henry, to manage the historic site which has a dark past.
Rachael Taylor (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Transformers) as Jane Van Veen.
Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Reunion”) as Henry Martin.
The series also stars:
Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill,” “Lipstick Jungle”) as Brian Leonard, Louise’s husband, a playwright, who lives in the building.
Mercedes Masohn (“The Finder,” “Chuck,” “Three Rivers”) as Louise Leonard, Brian’s wife, a photographer.
Erik Palladino as Tony DeMeo, the doorman of the building.
Helena Mattsson (Iron Man 2, “Nikita,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Alexis Blume.
Samantha Jade Logan (Law & Order: SVU) as Nona Clark, a resident with a unique gift.
The building that is standing in for 666 (really 999) Park Avenue is the Upper West Side’s Ansonia building at 2109 Broadway between West 73rd and West 74th Street.
The official webpage for the show states:
At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, are offered the opportunity to manage the historic building, they not only fall prey to the machinations of Doran and his mysterious wife, Olivia (Vanessa Williams), but unwittingly begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the residents inside. Sexy, seductive and inviting, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that’s home to an epic struggle of good versus evil.
Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, “666 Park Avenue” was written by David Wilcox (“Fringe,” “Life on Mars”), who is also an executive producer along with Matthew Miller (“Chuck,” “Human Target”), Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Lying Game,” “The Secret Circle,” The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants), Gina Girolamo (“The Secret Circle,” “The Lying Game”), and Alex Graves (“Fringe,” “The West Wing”). The pilot for “666 Park Avenue” was directed by Alex Graves. “666 Park Avenue” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Warner Bros. Television.
Here something I found online about the pilot episode **Please note that this is only a preview of the early version of the pilot**
The episode opens at a classical music concert in New York City, as O’Quinn’s character is sitting with his wife watching a first chair violinist play in the orchestra. As the violinist continues to play, his hands begin to bleed as he presses his fingers against the violin strings. After the concert, the violinist rushes back to his apartment as he rushes to escape. He receives a phone call from Gavin (O’Quinn), in which viewers are let in on the deal that they made—a talentless violinist who asks to become first chair. After trying to escape the building, the violinist is somehow sucked into the wall, disappearing forever…and that is only one of the many victims claimed in the first episode.
The cinematography in the Pilot Episode was spectacular, with eerie lighting and camera movement to create a glossy but dark tone for the show. The episode was also very well-written, with several jaw-dropping moments and a cliffhanger at the end that will certainly leave viewers wanting more. While not much is given away about why the incidents that occur in the Pilot are happening, viewers do get an insight into the lives of the residents who live there, who all seem to have made a deal with the devil for a better, more comfortable life.
The stars of “666″ – Rachael Taylor as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable as Henry Martin, Vanessa Williams as Olivia Doran, and Terry O’Quinn as Gavin Doran, writer/executive producer David Wilcox and executive producer Matthew Miller did give some insight on the show….
Rachael Taylor said she was a big fan of the supernatural and how anxious she was to land a part on a genre TV show. She considers Jane to be curious but innocent, and she suspects during upcoming episodes she and her boy friend, Henry, will be “tested and tempted“. When asked about the horror content of the show, she said it’s full of tension and creepiness, more supernatural than shocking. Dave Annable concurred with her assessment and mostly is happy to be playing Henry because he’s such a change from his character on “Brothers and Sisters”. He joked that finally he can act more like a man!
Vanessa Williams compared “666″ to The Shining and said The Drake (the building in which most of the action takes place) is the main character in the show. Terry O’Quinn, who was making his first Comic-Con appearance, echoed her sentiment and added that it’s a little “Twilight Zone”, a little Rosemary’s Baby, and even a bit like Little Shop of Horrors where the building consumes you. He admitted he hasn’t really figured out the character of Gavin yet. Is he the devil, or does he work for the devil? Has he maybe made a deal of his own? Even more intriguing, it could be that Olivia is the “bigger bad” in the relationship.
The show is based on a series of books by Gabriella Pierce, and Wilcox and Miller said they took the novels’ world of mystery and evil and mixed it with their influences like the aforementioned The Shining and Rosemary’s Baby along with The Omen. They consider “666″ psychological horror rather than focusing on spectacle and a lot of special effects. Henry and Jane are the prism through which the viewer sees the show, and a key aspect is whether they’ll be able to survive temptation.
In the pilot the history of The Drake was touched upon, and we’ll learn more about it, including through the use of a few flashbacks. We’ll also see how Gavin is connected to the building and provides it with the souls it requires. Each episode will be self-contained, but there will also be an overarching mythology from week to week. They want to keep it from being formulaic and will try to avoid a “Tenant of the Week” type approach. Mostly the focus is on the universal theme that everyone has a price – but what is it?
This show makes me think of a few movies I have seen which include the following:
Stephen King’s The Shining (1980) (My all-time favorite horror film!) which starred the wonderful Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall. A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. Oh that big isolated, creepy Overlook Hotel (that’s an understatement on my part, that hotel was scary has hell, LOL, with all the ghosts and those twins, remember the twins at the end of the hallway that Danny saw when he was riding his big wheel, OH MY HELL!).
Rosemary’s Baby (1968) was another great film which was directed by Roman Polanski. It was about a young couple who are offered a career advancement by their neighbors after moving into a fancy building called “the Bramford”, only to be surrounded by peculiar neighbors and occurrences who are all part of a satanic coven that was trying to usher in the birth of the Antichrist. It starred Mia Farrow as Rosemary Woodhouse, John Cassavetes as Guy Woodhouse and Ruth Gordon as Minnie Castevet and Sidney Blackmer as Roman Castevet.
The Devils Advocate which starred Keanu Reeves as Kevin Lomax and Charlize Theron as Mary Ann Lomax and Al Pacino as John Milton/Satan. Al was so evilly good in this movie! Supernatural forces hover over the courtroom in this devilish drama, attorney Kevin Lomax (Keanu Reeves) doesn’t heed the Bible-based warnings of his mother (Judith Ivey), who views New York City as “the dwelling place of demons.” Instead, he leaves Gainesville, Florida, with his wife Mary Ann (Charlize Theron) to put his legalistic skills to the test at a leading Manhattan law firm run by John Milton (Al Pacino). It all goes smoothly — with Milton urging them to stay, putting Kevin on a $400-per-hour salary, and moving the couple into a luxurious apartment in his own building on Fifth Avenue — where Mary Ann falls under the influence of neighbor Jackie (Tamara Tunie). After Kevin defends a weird animal sacrificer (Delroy Lindo, uncredited), he moves up to an important case with an apparent murderer, real-estate tycoon Alexander Cullen (Craig T. Nelson). Ignored by Kevin, the troubled Mary Ann has some disturbing experiences, verging on the occult, while Kevin, at work, becomes attracted to redhead Christabella (Connie Neilsen). Dazzled by his entrance into paradise, Kevin doesn’t grasp who handed him this Big-Apple success. Could it be…Satan?
If you liked these movies, then I think you might want to check out 666 Park Avenue this Fall, I know I will be!
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