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Scott D. Pierce
Scott D. Pierce writes about television for the Salt Lake Tribune. Vice president of the Television Critics Associationn, he's covered TV in Utah since 1990.

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Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams, Helena Mattsson, Mercedes Masohn, Robert Buckley, Samantha Logan, Dave Annable and Rachael Taylor star in ABC's “666 Park Avenue.” Photo: ABC/ANDREW ECCLES
TV review: Will “666 Park Avenue” turn into some sort of scary “Love Boat”?

I’m not sure quite what to make of 666 Park Avenue (Sunday, 9 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2). I liked the pilot, but I’m not sure how it’s going to hold up as a weekly series.

And I’m a little bit worried that it’s going to be sort of the horror equivalent of "The Love Boat."

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A nice young couple, Jane (Rachael Taylor) and Henry (Dave Annable), accept a too-good-to-be-true job as managers of a swanky New York apartment building. Turns out the owner, Gavin (Terry O’Quinn), is either Satan or one of his minions. Certainly, you make a deal with him and you’re making a deal with the devil - and seemingly everyone in the building has made a deal of some kind.

It would seem that different tenants will be cycling through weekly episodes. Sort of "Love Boat"-ish. But they won’t "set a course for adventure" or have their minds "on a new romance." They’ll be going straight to hell.

There’s an over-arching story that has something to do with the building. Which could be really cool ... but I’m a little worried it’s already playing out like the "Ghostbusters" storyline that featured Sigourney Weaver’s character living in an apartment building that turned out to be "spook central."

The first episode of "666 Park Avenue" is good. Good enough to make me want to see more.

But I’m not at all sure how long that feeling will last.



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