Horror stories are one of the hottest trends in television. It’s likely that shows like Once Upon a Time, Grimm and American Horror Story’s success is attributed to this. ABC announced it ordered a fourth drama pilot for the upcoming fall season. 666 Park Avenue joins Shawn Ryan’s The Last Resort, Roland Emmerich’s untitled election drama and Shonda Grimes’ Gilded Lilys as competitors for the fall season.
666 Park Avenue follows the story of a Midwestern family who is hired as manager at a New York East Side apartment building without knowing the residents all made deals with the devil to “have desires fulfilled.” The television series is based off the Gabrielle Pierce book series of the same title.
David Wilcox is adapting the script for a full TV series. Wilcox, Alloy Entertainment’s Leslie Morgenstine and Gina Girolamo joined forces to produce the drama. If these names sound familiar, it’s because these are the same producers as the CW’s Gossip Girl, The Secret Circle and The Vampire Diaries (mostly of the same genre as well).
In recent years, ABC nailed the comedy ratings with Modern Family, Last Man Standing, Suburgatory, Cougar Town and Happy Endings. Dramas have not been as successful for the network. Brothers and Sisters, Desperate Housewives and Grey’s Anatomy did extremely well for many years, but are slowly declining (or have already been cancelled). Since there’s been few shows that show the slightest potential to follow in their footsteps. Pam AM, Once Upon a Time and Revenge have all made it past the fall season, the true test is if they will return next year. The truth is 666 Park Avenue could be the next big show if executed well enough.