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‘666 Park Avenue’ Series Premiere: Were You Seduced By The Dorans?

Sun, September 30, 2012 11:00pm EDT by Andy Swift 4 Comments
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Read our review of the ‘666 Park Avenue’ premiere & tell us: Will it take up residency on your DVR this season?

In order to get what you’ve always wanted, what would you be willing to give up? That’s the question posed by ABC’s spooky new drama 666 Park Avenue; and for the residents of the show’s titular address, the answer is “everything.”

On the show’s Sept. 30 series premiere, we met Henry (Dave Annable) and Jane (Rachael Taylor), a wide-eyed young couple with absolutely no idea what they’ve gotten themselves into. As the new managers of New York’s Drake Hotel, they’re working directly under Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) and Olivia Doran (Vanessa Williams), who put even the world’s most wicked landlords to shame.

The details are still fuzzy, but based on the events of the premiere, it’s clear the Dorans are deeply involved in the soul-trading business. Everyone who lives at the Drake is indebted to the mysterious couple — but does that mean Gavin is the devil? The devil’s second-hand man? Just a real bad dude? We’ll have to keep watching to find out, and I’m thinking the death of their daughter will soon become a key plot point.

But Henry and Jane aren’t the only couple under the Dorans’ collective thumb. The premiere also introduced us to struggling-playwright Brian (One Tree Hill‘s Robert Buckley) and his fashion-photographer wife Louise (Mercedes Masöhn). All seemed well under their little roof at the Drake, until the arrival of Alexis (Helena Mattsson), a mysterious blonde who Brian had been eyeing from across the street. Shortly after she worked her way into their lives, everything started going haywire — including a hellish elevator ride that sent Louise to the hospital!

There’s also Nona (Samantha Logan), an adorable little ragamuffin who roams the halls of the Drake, stealing small items of sentimental value from the residents. Is she working with the Dorans? Is she a ghost, herself? So many questions, so few answers.

In my opinion, the pilot was good, but more importantly showed potential for a chilling future. Not to mention, the cast is incredible. It’s like ABC plucked one actor from each of its most successful dramas — in Rachael’s case, I’m referring to Grey’s Anatomy, not Charlie’s Angels — and the result is, well, magic!

What’s your take on 666 Park Avenue? Is the much-hyped series worth all the buzz, or were you underwhelmed? Drop us a comment with your personal review of the series premiere!

— Andy Swift