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By: Tim Holland 666 PARK AVENUE , home of the lavish Drake apartments, is a hell of a place to live. Literally. It’s run by a sinister Terry O’Quinn who loves to make Faustian bargains with its residents. Now he has his sights set on the building’s new managers, a wide-eyed couple who are slowly realizing the horror that is the Drake. 666 is somewhat spooky and intriguing, but it needs to up the ante a bit in the scare department. Still, check in for a visit. This horror show could turn into a scary good place. Premieres September 30 at 10pm. THE NEIGHBORS , a sitcom about a family who move into a neighborhood populated exclusively by aliens, plays like an overextended Saturday Night Live sketch that contains a few genuine laughs and solid comic performances, namely from Jami Gertz and Lenny Venito as the all-too-human neighbors, but quickly runs out of comic steam. That the script was written by Dan Fogelman, who wrote Crazy, Stupid, Love and Tangled makes this misfire doubly disappointing. My advice: avoid these neighbors like they were…, well, aliens. Previews September 26 at 9:30pm before settling into its regular time slot October 3. You don’t have to love country music to love NASHVILLE , a soapy but superb drama set in Music City. Connie Britton stars as a country legend whose career is on the decline, and Hayden Panettiere costars as a sexy siren who will do anything to achieve stardom. Of course, the two despise each other but just may have to work together to realize their dreams. Add to the mix a devious, filthy rich dad, a ne’er-do-well husband, and a former flame, set it all to a country beat, and Nashville becomes a must-see destination. Premieres October 10 at 10pm. Reba McEntire returns to TV in MALIBU COUNTRY , a conventional sitcom about a once-promising country singer who gave up her career to raise a family. Now divorced and living in Malibu with her two kids and her wise-cracking mama, played by Lily Tomlin, Reba is determined to resurrect her career. Unfortunately, this lame comedy isn’t likely to resurrect McEntire’s TV career, at least for very long. She and Tomlin do what they can with the dumbed-down script, but even their considerable talents can’t save this dreary mess. As Reba sang a few years ago: consider me gone. Premieres November 2 at 8:30pm. LAST RESORT is an involving action-adventure yarn about the crew aboard a U.S. nuclear submarine who become rogue enemies of the U.S. when they refuse to fire nuclear missiles at Pakistan. The sub docks near an exotic island where the crew takes refuge and tries to figure out if they will ever be able to return home. Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman lead the top-notch ensemble cast. If you love action and intrigue then definitely check into Last Resort . Premieres September 27 at 8pm. 

'666 Park Avenue' Recap: So I Axe Murdered My Wife

Henry enjoys the perks of being a hero. Olivia and Gavin throw a lavish Halloween party at The Drake. Someone is threatening Gavin. And Jane finds herself in mortal danger. How to Succeed in Politics Without Really Trying Henry appears on a local TV show to discuss how he saved Commissioner Pike. He meets Laurel Harris (Tessa Thompson), a media consultant, who approaches Henry with an idea on how to capitalize on his 15 minutes of fame. "I can take your 15 minutes and make it a lifetime," she says. Henry feigns disinterest. It's already clear he has political ambition. Later, Laurel shows up at the Halloween soiree and offers Henry some advice: "Being modest on TV makes you look appealing. Being too modest in person makes you seem weak." She tells him she's not buying his "aw, shucks" attitude and believes him to be very driven. //

666 Park Avenue Review: A Halloween Haunting

Have you ever noticed how on Halloween-based episodes of most shows, the characters always have the most elaborate costumes ever? I'm always spinning my thinking wheels trying to come up with something at the last minute, so I can only imagine the amount of planning that went into picking out the outfits on 666 Park Avenue . Louise and Brian as Cleopatra and Marc Antony, Henry and Jane as a sheriff and Tippi Hedren from Hitchcock's The Birds , Alexis as the sexy nurse, and the Dorans as, well... I'm not sure what they were dressed as. Dressed to impress? I guess when you're that rich and famous, you don't have to play by the rules. Read More... //

666 Park Avenue Season 1 “A Crowd Of Demons” Review

It’s Halloween at The Drake, and  666 Park Avenue  steps up to the plate and delivers a pretty decent All Hallows Even episode! While I was disappointed with other shows (*cough Grimm cough*),  666 Park Avenue  was able to successfully take the tone of the show and make it work! With a Halloween party in full swing at The Drake, there are elaborate costumes galore  – Henry as a sheriff and Jane as Tippi Hedren from  The Birds , Louise and Brian as Cleopatra and Mark Antony , and Gavin and Olivia as… rich people. Apparently when you’re that wealthy, just a mask suffices as a costume. Read More... //

'666 Park Avenue' Recap: Revelations and Apparitions

Henry's relationship with Gavin threatens to derail his career. Jane learns more about Nona. And Annie turns to Gavin for help in dealing with Kandinsky.  Guilt by Association Henry's boss, Commissioner Pike (Jose Zuniga), and an assistant district attorney suspect Henry is feeding Gavin inside information to give him an advantage in his business dealings. Henry maintains his innocence. Henry is given the opportunity to clear his name if he uses his friendship with Gavin as a way to procure documents that could guarantee the tycoon goes to jail. When Henry refuses, his is given a day to think about it. "We don't want to ruin you," says Pike. Read More... //

666 Park Avenue Review: What's In the Suitcase?

So, when are we going back to the island? This is  Lost , right? That was the black smoke monster taking up residence inside a dusty old suitcase and Terry O'Quinn's character was balancing the line of good and evil, so it only makes sense. That, or maybe Smokey (because let's be honest, we're never gonna know that guy's real name) always works with O'Quinn, much like Johnny Depp always works with Tim Burton. I guess it's only a matter of time before we discover a hatch and polar bears start running amok inside the Drake. Read More... //

666 Park Avenue Season 1 “Hero Complex” Review – Will There Be A Sideways Universe?

Okay, so I was on board with  666 Park Avenue  and the premise from the gate. But "Hero Complex"derived  a little too much from the premise of the show for me, especially the stupid musical montage  at the end. Oh, not to mention the random assassin that was imaginary, but not really? And the smoke monster that popped out of that suitcase like it had been smuggled right off of the set of  Lost . Come on. Read More... //

'666 Park Avenue' Recap: Truth is Stranger Than Fiction

Gavin tightens his grip over Henry. A young reporter finds out that anything she writes becomes reality. Olivia and Gavin commemorate a sad event. And Jane receives a warning. Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice Last week just as Jane made it through the mystery door, it slammed shut, leaving her locked in the room. At first, it appears Jane is trapped in an old room full of primarily indistinguishable junk, with the exception of a large number of old dolls. However, a chorus of nonsensical whisperings fill the space, and Jane catches sight of what she thinks is a little girl. She calls out, but there is no answer. Suddenly, a hand grabs her leg, causing her to panic and beat on the door. Henry comes to the rescue. When Jane tells him what she thinks she saw, he dismisses it as a fluke. Henry also points out that the voice could be coming from the air vent. As the couple head upstairs, we see a little girl hiding in a corner of the basement. Read More... //

666 Park Avenue Review: Dream Job

There's something about  666 Park Avenue  that continues to draw me in. Of course the mystery and intrigue behind the Drake play favorably in that aspect, but there's definitely some  Lost  nostalgia washing over me. In terms of the "resident of the week," the obituary writer who becomes successful only to be foiled by her own occupation was interesting and full of irony, but not nearly as enticing as when the core characters of the show are at work. But did anyone think that actress seemed a bit like Anne Hathaway? And it's not a slight on that attempt to reveal more residents' desires and eventual downfalls, I just feel that there's enough going on that I'm more curious to learn about the main story, characters, etc. Read More... //

666 Park Avenue Season 1 “The Dead Don’t Stay Dead” Review

There’s just something about  666 Park Avenue  that won’t allow me to stop watching. The show didn’t start out with the horror  element that I had hoped for, but now that I’ve gotten used to the "resident of the week" type formula to the episodes, and because I’m beginning to learn more and more about the characters ,  666 Park Avenue  has me hooked. This week on "The Dead Don’t Stay Dead" we got to learn a little more about Gavin’s back story… and how he doesn’t really seem overly upset about the death of his daughter. Could her letter calling him evil have anything to do with his feelings? Or is there more to this story than meets the eye? I’m thinking that the daughter really didn’t know half of how evil daddy really was, and we’ll get to see exactly what caused her to draw this conclusion later in the series. Read More... //