666 Park Avenue might be predictable, but it’s still fun

I’ve been looking forward to 666 Park Avenue on ABC ever since I found out about the project, as well as Terry O’Quinn’s involvement with it. Let’s face it, if you’re going to do a horror show and cast a baddie, he’s a good fit for the job. But after viewing trailers, I had my fears that this would be yet another short-lived ABC attempt at horror.

And I could still be right. The show is anything but original, taking a note from every horror movie ever made, right down to the actual address of the building and flipping it upside down. Without going into too much detail, the show is basically about what happens when you make a deal with the devil. And yes, we have seen this a million times before.

But again, it’s Terry O’Quinn’s turn as the devil that makes the pilot episode watchable. He just brings a certain “je ne sais quoi” to the role – something that is both friendly and sinister, both John Locke and The Man In Black. He chews scenery like it’s Twizzlers and if I continue to tune in every week to this series, he will be the reason why.

The naive couple that moves in as the resident managers of the building, though, are entirely too wide-eyed. I’m not sure if I should blame the actors (Rachael Taylor and Dave Annable) or the writers for this one. But when someone gives you the best apartment in New York and then buys you a $4000 dress, wouldn’t you be just a little bit suspicious? I would be – but of course, I’ve seen shows and movies like this before.

One of my first thoughts was that 666 Park Avenue didn’t grab me like ABC’s previous horror failure, The River, which I quite liked. I’m willing to give this one a full season, though, if ABC follows through. I’m sort of thinking that this will end up getting axed mid-season, though. It’s okay, but it’s not great.

However, there were some great full-out horror moments. A scene with an elevator is pretty harrowing and definitely got my attention. But will that be enough to keep 666 Park Avenue on the air? I suppose only time will tell. But I’d recommend watching just for O’Quinn’s performance alone. There are certainly worse things on t.v. 666 Park Avenue does have its fun moments and future episodes could prove to be even better.

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