Tonight was the series premiere of ABCs new drama 666 Park Avenue. I was expecting more of a horror aspect to the show, and instead was presented with a Rosemary’s Baby suspense feel. The premise of 666 Park Avenue is this: Henry Martin (Dave Annable) and Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) Midwest transplants to the big city are offered the job of resident managers at the Drake apartment. The only catch is that the owner of the building (Terry O’Quinn from Lost) grants the wishes of his tenants, only to reap their souls when their lease is up.
Moral of this story? Read the fine print on your lease before you sign anything.
No, in all seriousness, 666 Park Avenue was a very good hour of television drama. I stick by my previous comment of expecting a little more horror than I received, but that’s not to say tagging 666 Park Avenue as “suspense” is a bad thing. There were a few scenes that attempted to be scary – ghosts appearing when Jane is looking around the building, and an elevator attempting to attack an overbearing tenant… but after that the scares stopped.
I do think that 666 Park Avenue has the potential to be a great series in a lot of ways. There will never be a lull in the story telling, simply because the focus could be on a different tenant each week. As tenants are sent “someplace warmer” (my favorite line of the episode by the way), new tenants can always be added to the mix.
This week Brian, a playwright with a completely overbearing wife, cannot make it past the first line of his screenplay. It looks like the apartment building has a way to deal with Brian’s problems, and tries to crush his wife within its elevator doors. The Drake apartment building is a character of 666 Park Avenue in its own right. It’s stunning, full of a dark history, and apparently (maybe?) has a mind of it’s own when it comes to fulfilling the dreams of its tenants.
It’s sort of like The Overlook Hotel in The Shining, which 666 Park Avenue also vaguely felt like. Overall, the pilot episode of this new series was great. 666 Park Avenue is no American Horror Story with pushing the limits of television horror, but it has potential to be a suspenseful hour on Sunday night!