With Halloween approaching fast, it isn’t just the cinemas that are filling up with horror fans. Those that love a good fright have been able to get their kicks from their sofas for the last couple of decades, but not like we are able to today. This year’s spooky season brings us the new show, ABC’s 666 Park Avenue.
Rachael Taylor and David Annable with Terry O'Quinn
Based on a novel of the same name by Gabriella Pierce, David Wilcox (known for his work on FOX’s sci-fi series Fringe) is the man behind the camera, having created and produced the show. Taking place in Manhattan’s Upper East Side premiere apartment building, known as The Drake, all is not what it seems and it is down to new managers Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (David Annable), a young Mid-west couple, to discover the evil and manipulation that is housed in the walls of The Drake. Also fronting the cast are Desperate Housewives’ Vanessa Williams and Lost’s Terry O’Quinn, who star as Olivia and Gavin Doran, the owners of the building and live there, along with the other 80 residents. To matters even more interesting is that it is said that once you move in to The Drake you never move out.
The brand new show debuts after returning series of ABC’s favourites ‘Once Upon a Time’ and ‘Revenge’, giving us a hint that this may become a new must-see for 2012. David Annable has described the show as being about, ‘seduction. How everyone has a need or a want’. It plays along the old saying that looks can be deceiving and that is the case of The Drake, which appears to hold the answers to all your dreams, but at a hefty price. JOY!!
Mercedes Masohn and Robert Buckley in character
Rachael Taylor in 666 Park Avenue
It’s certainly not the first time that TV series have been marketed towards those of us who like something a bit more devilish but it is only recent times where the sex factor has also played a major part in these programmes. Yes, in the last decade, a lot of these shows have been based around vampires and witch craft but, since the mid-noughties, vampires has also had to share the spotlight with zombies and paranormal activity. This reboot of the horror genre came about after the success of Danny Boyle’s 2008 gritty UK based Zombie horror ’28 Days Later’ and Oren Peli’s 2007 home-footage styled ‘Paranormal Activity’, both of which had audiences screaming for more. A wave of zombie films soon followed, both comedic and horrific, as did the idea of ghostly happenings and this soon trickled on to our screens, alongside the sexy vampires of ‘True Blood’ and ‘Vampire Diaries’.
With this trend still going strong and the return of major shows, like AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’, the paranormal themed shows are now ramping up their efforts and mixing spooky and sexy together, for our pleasure.
A sneak peek at the main cast
666 Park Avenue is sure to be a hit and will premiere on 30th September 10pm.
Written by Ben Taylor