ABC Orders ‘666 Park Ave’ To Series, But Lets ‘The River’ Go

Posted Saturday, May 12th, 2012 04:00 pm GMT -5 by

’666 Park Ave’ Becoming A Series

666 Park Ave

With ‘Once Upon A Time’ being a big hit and garnering a second season, it looks like ABC will continue the supernatural trend as they have announced that they have picked up ‘666 Park Ave’ to series.

666 Park Ave’ is based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce about a young couple who manages a historic apartment and begins to notice supernatural occurrences start to happen which threaten the lives of its residents. Although a bit vague, with the announcement that this pilot has been given a series order, ABC has now given an official synopsis which makes this series sound like a must watch:

If you could make one wish, what would it be? And what would you do to get it? At ‘666 Park Avenue,’ all of your dreams and burning desires can come true: wealth, sex, love, power, even revenge. But just be careful what you wish for, because the price you pay… could be your soul. Welcome to The Drake, the premiere apartment building on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.

Owned by the mysterious Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn) and his sexy wife Olivia (Vanessa Williams), The Drake is home to dozens of residents who are unaware they’re living in the dark embrace of supernatural forces. They think their dreams are all coming true, only to find they’ve been lured into making, what feels like, a deal with the Devil. When a young Mid-western couple – Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable) is hired to manage The Drake, they soon discover that evil, obsession, and manipulation has a home.

‘666 Park Ave’ has a great pedigree of supernatural experience behind the camera with David Wilcox (‘Fringe,’ ‘Life on Mars’) penning the pilot as well as wearing the executive producer cap. Alex Graves (‘Terra Nova’, ‘Fringe’, ‘Journeyman’) directed the pilot (don’t know if he will continue on to direct the series) and the production company that produces ‘The Vampire Diaries’ and ‘The Secret Circle’ will also be producing this series.

From the synopsis, the series sounds very intriguing, somewhat like a dark version of ‘Fantasy Island’ especially with the ominous “be careful what you wish for” statement in the description. We don’t know yet what time slot ‘666 Park Ave’ will have, but it would make for a great pairing with ‘Once Upon A Time.’

Source: STYD

‘The River’ Cancellation

Of course as shows are being pushed through for production, others are being dropped like ‘The River’. Official word has come that ABC has decided to cancel the horror genre show. ABC wanted to take a risk and dive into this genre, but their risk did not fare as well as other horror shows like ‘American Horror Story’, which is coming back for a second season after a wildly popular first season.

‘The River’ began with a strong opening of 8 million viewers for the two-hour premiere, but viewership fell substantially by the end of the season cutting in half to 3.9 million viewers, leaving ABC no choice but to move on to the next project.

Maybe ABC will do better with ’666 Park Ave’. What are your thoughts on the cancellation? Are you guys sad to see the show go?