As reported by Deadline, ABC has picked up ‘666 Park Ave.’ The show is a supernatural drama from David Wilcox (‘Fringe’), Warner Bros. TV and Alloy Entertainment (‘The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘The Secret Circle’). ‘666 Park Ave’ is based on a series of novels by Gabriella Pierce. In the show, a young couple manages a historic apartment building, and supernatural happenings threaten the lives of the residents. David Wilcox, Leslie Morgenstein, and Gina Girolamo are the executive producers of the show.
This is the fourth drama pilot ordered by ABC. The other three include ‘Gilded Lillys,’ which is set in a luxury NYC hotel in 1895; a metaphysical show by Roland Emmerich; and ‘Last Resort’ from Shawn Ryan and Karl Gajdusek.
While January normally buzzes with news of scripts being ordered and pilots being picked up, my mind immediately wants to know what the networks are planning. When a network orders a pilot, the network is considering schedule changes. Pilots ordered now are rarely for shows to air in the summer; they are likely meant for the Fall Season. Networks have limited space on their schedules, so an old show must leave for a new show to air. The more pilots ordered means more current shows are in danger.
Four drama pilots for a network like ABC is common. Out of the four, one maybe two might get a series order. Remember, networks order multiple pilots to determine if the shows could bring in more viewers than shows currently on the air, and less than half of pilot orders make it to series.