ABC Orders ’666 Park Ave’ Pilot From ‘Fringe’ Producer

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666 Park Avenue ABC ABC Orders 666 Park Ave Pilot From Fringe Producer

ABC is looking to add a dash of horror to the network’s line up by greenlighting the pilot for 666 Park Ave. A man who knows a thing or two about genre work is heading the potential supernatural series up: Fringe writer and co-executive producer David Wilcox.

The series comes from author Gabrielle Pierce’s novel of the same name, and concerns a young midwestern couple that moves to Manhattan and become the resident managers of an Upper East Side apartment building. Of course, things in the building aren’t quite normal, and after a few bizarre incidents the couple begins to suspect that various things going bump in the night are caused by something far more sinister. It turns out all the residents of the building have realized their goals and ambitions by unknowingly having made a deal with the devil.

On the surface, 666 Park Ave. sounds a lot like ABC is trying to capitalize on the success of FX’s boundary-pushing American Horror Story, but a closer look reveals something more akin to the network’s Once Upon a Time or Desperate Housewives.

Wilcox comes with credentials that include the aforementioned Fringe, and he’s also handled the short-lived Americanized version of Life on Mars and spent some time with Law & Order on NBC, so his involvement certainly suggests there will be a heavy genre element to the series. However, 666 Park Ave is being handled through Warner Bros. and Alloy Entertainment – who produce ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars, as well as the CW staples Vampire Diaries and The Secret Circle – so if you were expecting Rosemary’s Baby or The Shining, you’ll likely have to look elsewhere.

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This shouldn’t necessarily come as a surprise, as ABC has done quite well with a line-up of soapy genre programming like Once Upon a Time and Revenge – the latter having received a good deal of critical acclaim. Furthermore, the inclusion of unique twists like fairytale characters and now witches and devils that occupy the titular Manhattan residence will certainly give audiences a well-deserved break from the troubled and dramatic lives of doctors and lawyers who typically inhabit such programs.

Additionally, Pierce’s books, which also include the follow-up novel The Dark Glamour, have been described as a more sophisticated and edgy version of The Vampire Diaries. Perhaps that aspect, and with a member of the Fringe crew onboard, the tone of the series will still find some way to appeal to horror fans.

ABC has been all over the board with the pilots they have ordered so far in 2012. Along with 666 Park Ave, the network has the ambitious sounding, near-future thriller The Last Resort in the works from The Shield creator Shawn Ryan.

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Screen Rant will update you with more news for 666 Park Ave as it becomes available.

Source: Deadline

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  1. Sounds cool. Once upon a time is a great show and fringe (mini x files) is always in my netflix

  2. If it’s like Once upon a time i guess it will be a waste !
    But it seems there is a audience for that kind of show !

  3. I was actually kind of excited about the show until I read the part comparing it to Desparite housewives and Once in a lifetime.

    Oh boy I cant wait, but what should I have expected???

  4. ABC is a women’s network now. Any genre shows will be strictly from a woman’s point of view. The only way a male-centric show gets on is if it’s something like Work It or Last Man Standing – shows that feature men women can laugh at. Anyone expecting The Hulk to actually make it to air is deluded. If it does, it will be told from the point of view of Betty Ross as she struggles to find a cure for Banner while battling her father.

  5. The novel 666 Park Ave. is very little like the description of this series. The address of the building, the last name of the owners, and “witches”. Beyond that……?

  6. I actually just saw I guess what was the first episode of 666 Park Ave, I love horror. It actually was interesting which is what made me Google to see if it is on the air and I am unaware. I never heard of the novel before, however the comparison to Desperate Housewives, that is terrible to say! It is NOTHING like it and as a female, I hated that show. It was way too over the top and unrealistic. If I had read this forum before seeing the show I would have never gave it the time of day. I never saw Fringe but that would be closer (from the commercials I saw). It’s basically like a tv adaption of Devil’s Advocate if I had to compare it to something. Young couple unknowing make a deal with the devil to move up in the world. However it got more into the actual tenants not just them. A few people got killed in the 60 minutes I saw so I’m in!

  7. I am so pissed off was wait for 666 to come on Sunday night here in Canada can’t believe this when is the next show come on because it wasn’t on, on Sundays please why do they put all of these reality shows on there are to many of them and people are really sick of them just look at honey boo boo what the hell like I want to watch hillbillies please producers get a live crazy

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