With horror being the hottest trend on TV, ABC brought “666 Park Avenue” to the San Diego Comic-Con, where we had a chance to watch the pilot and panel and then chat with the cast and creators of the show. Color us definitely intrigued by what we’ve seen so far!
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 – were at a bit of a disadvantage during our interview since up to this point they’ve only shot the pilot and haven’t even seen the script for the next episode so we didn’t get a lot of information about the show from them; but writer/executive producer David Wilcox and executive producer Matthew Miller did shed a bit more light on things.
Taylor won us over right away by saying what a big fan of the supernatural she is 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. 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!
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. 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?
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.
“666 Park Avenue” will air at 10:00 PM on Sundays. For more info visit the official “666 Park Avenue” website, “like” “666 Park Avenue” on Facebook, and follow “666 Park Avenue” on Twitter (#666ParkAve).
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