Terry O'Quinn is an actor who can hide a world of malice under a killer smile. The "Lost" star returns to prime-time television as wealthy Gavin Doran in the dark drama "666 Park Avenue." Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, this show is smart, sexy, and downright scary at times.
Gavin Doran owns a supernatural apartment buildingThe Drake was Doran's first real estate purchase and, according to Doran, the property has doubled in value a dozen times since he bought it. Located at 999 Park Avenue, the Drake now is home to creative people, regular workers, and some very dark forces. When the light hits the address plate just right, the shadow shows 666, a clue to the Drake's true nature.
Joined by his wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams), the Dorans are a good-looking power couple, but the power they wield is much more sinister than some characters suspect. Doran also makes private deals with the 388 residents, offering them their heart's desire in exchange for their souls.
The unfortunate resident manager learns Doran is deadly serious in the pilot episode. His 10-year deal ran out, and he was quickly dispatched to the nether world. Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable) apply for the now-open resident manager position and, thanks to Jane's knowledge of architecture, they get the job and an apartment at the Drake.
Doran also fulfills playwright Brian Leonard's (Robert Buckley) unspoken desires. Constantly badgered by his wife Louise (Mercedes Masohn), Brian suffers from writer's block. As he sits in front of his computer, Brian has a perfect view of an attractive neighbor. He gets an even better view when that woman becomes Louise's assistant.
The seduction of Henry MartinGavin and Olivia use their seductive powers to draw Henry closer in the pilot. Olivia invites the couple to a black tie affair and offers to buy Jane an expensive dress. Gavin takes Henry to the driving range in an attempt to get inside his head.
Gavin Doran may offer to fulfill a resident's desires, but the owner of the Drake has his own agenda. The pilot episode saw John Barlow (John Waterston) doing Doran's bidding in exchange for the return of his deceased wife. Doran pushes Barlow further and further until the resident is swept away by the forces contained inside the building.
Sharply written, "666 Park Avenue" is both a dark address and a bright spot on 2012/2013 television calendar. Series creator David Wilcox wrote a pilot episode that contains some wicked humor. When Jame and Henry ask what happened to the previous manager, for instance, they are told he moved "someplace warmer." If Wilcox and company can keep the quality up, this show could dominate Sunday evenings.
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