TV Review: '666 Park Ave.'


I’ll admit it: I did not have high hopes for 666 Park Ave. With virtually no advertising until this past weekend’s Emmy Awards, I guessed that it would be a soapy blend of Desperate Housewives and The Secret Circle: something kind of trashy, kind of frivolous, and largely forgettable.

I am pleased to discover that I was wrong.

Jane and Henry are a young, idealistic couple who dream of moving to Manhattan... from the Bronx (or one of the outer boroughs.) They answer an ad looking for an onsite manager at The Drake, one of the oldest and most exclusive residences in New York (located at 999 Park Ave., not actually 666. Because that would be way too obvious). Jane uses her dazzling knowledge of architectural history (seeing as how she is an unemployed architect) to win over The Drake’s owner, Gavin Durand. Jane and Henry have the job. Of course, if something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Gavin is the devil, or working with the devil, to give residents everything they want - but only if they sign a contract with a very high cost. Jane and Henry sign an employment contract without reading it, despite Henry being an attorney.

Jenry as I have decided to call them, are fairly bland, generic characters. Luckily, the supporting cast is far more interesting, led by Terry O’Quinn (Lost), who plays Gavin with the suave exterior and evil interior that you would expect from the actor. Other residents of The Drake include Brian, a wannabe playwright whose driven photographer wife Louise hires as her last-minute assistant the woman in the building across the way, with whom her husband has been secretly flirting with; John, who makes a deal with Gavin to murder in exchange for his suicided wife back; and a ghostly woman who may have been sacrificed in The Drake’s basement nearly 100 years ago.

The tone of 666 Park Ave. is surprisingly dark, and serious - something I was not expecting. Since this is an ABC show, it is also a Disney show (Disney owns ABC) and it is not going to be particularly bloody or violent. Instead, tone, setting, lighting, and Terry O’Quinn make this an interesting, vaguely creepy show. Definitely worth a look.

666 Park Avenue premieres September 30th on ABC