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UPDATED: Now with trailers! ABC will premiere three new drama series with sci-fi or horror elements

05.15.2012

UPDATE: I have now added trailers for each new show below each plot synopsis. Enjoy!

Much like NBC's new JJ Abrams produced series REVOLUTION will try to ape the success of LOST, ABC will premiere three new genre series this fall with either science fiction or horror twists. With the excellent ratings for AMERICAN HORROR STORY and THE WALKING DEAD, every network is still trying to find the next big hit. ONCE UPON A TIME was the highest rated new series so the network will try and build on that success with these three shows.

666 PARK AVENUE

At the ominous address of 666 Park Avenue, anything you desire can be yours. Everyone has needs, desires and ambition. For the residents of The Drake, these will all be met, courtesy of the building’s mysterious owner, Gavin Doran (Terry O’Quinn). But every Faustian contract comes with a price. When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, are offered the opportunity to manage the historic building, they not only fall prey to the machinations of Doran and his mysterious wife, Olivia (Vanessa Williams), but unwittingly begin to experience the shadowy, supernatural forces within the building that imprison and endanger the lives of the residents inside. Sexy, seductive and inviting, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its residents, tempting them through their ambitions and desires, in this chilling new drama that’s home to an epic struggle of good versus evil.

“666 Park Avenue” stars Rachael Taylor (“Charlie’s Angels,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” Transformers) as Jane Van Veen, Dave Annable (“Brothers & Sisters,” “Reunion”) as Henry Martin, Robert Buckley (“One Tree Hill,” “Lipstick Jungle”) as Brian Leonard, Mercedes Masöhn (“The Finder,” “Chuck,” “Three Rivers”) as Louise Leonard, Helena Mattsson (“Iron Man 2,” “Nikita,” “Desperate Housewives”) as Alexis Blume, Samantha Logan as Nona Clark, with Vanessa Williams (“Desperate Housewives,” “Ugly Betty,” “Shaft,” “Soul Food”) as Olivia Doran and Terry O’Quinn (“Lost,” “Millennium,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Alias,” “The West Wing,” “Jag”) as Gavin Doran.

Based on the book series by Gabriella Pierce, “666 Park Avenue” was written by David Wilcox (“Fringe,” “Life on Mars”), who is also an executive producer along with Matthew Miller (“Chuck,” “Human Target”), Leslie Morgenstein (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars,” “The Lying Game,” “The Secret Circle,” “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants”), Gina Girolamo (“The Secret Circle,” “The Lying Game”) and Alex Graves (“Fringe,” “The West Wing”). The pilot for “666 Park Avenue” was directed by Alex Graves. “666 Park Avenue” is from Bonanza Productions Inc. in association with Alloy Entertainment (“Gossip Girl,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Pretty Little Liars”) and Warner Bros. Television.

LAST RESORT

500 feet beneath the ocean’s surface, the U.S. ballistic missile submarine Colorado receive their orders. Over a radio channel, designed only to be used if their homeland has been wiped out, they’re told to fire nuclear weapons at Pakistan.

Captain Marcus Chaplin (Andre Braugher) demands confirmation of the orders only to be unceremoniously relieved of duty by the White House. XO Sam Kendal (Scott Speedman) finds himself suddenly in charge of the submarine and facing the same difficult decision. When he also refuses to fire without confirmation of the orders, the Colorado is targeted, fired upon, and hit. The submarine and its crew find themselves crippled on the ocean floor, declared rogue enemies of their own country. Now, with nowhere left to turn, Chaplin and Kendal take the sub on the run and bring the men and women of the Colorado to an exotic island. Here they will find refuge, romance and a chance at a new life, even as they try to clear their names and get home.

“Last Resort” stars Andre Braugher (“Men of a Certain Age”) as Captain Marcus Chaplin, Scott Speedman (“The Vow”) as XO Sam Kendal, Daisy Betts (“Sea Patrol”) as Lieutenant Grace Shepard, Dichen Lachman (“Being Human”) as Tani Tumrenjack, Daniel Lissing (“Crownies”) as SEAL Officer James King, Sahr Ngaujah (“House of Payne”) as Mayor Julian Serrat, Camille de Pazzis as Sophie Gerard, Autumn Reeser (“Hawaii Five-O,” “No Ordinary Family”) as Kylie Sinclair, Jessy Schram (“Falling Skies,” “Once Upon a Time”) as Christine Kendal.

Recurring guest star is Robert Patrick (“The Gangster Squad”) as Master Chief Joseph Prosser.

“Last Resort” was written by Shawn Ryan (“The Shield,” “The Unit,” “The Chicago Code”) and Karl Gajdusek, who are also executive producers along with Martin Campbell and Marney Hochman Nash. The pilot for “Last Resort” was directed by Martin Campbell. “Last Resort” is produced by Middkid Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television.

ZERO HOUR

As the publisher of a paranormal enthusiast magazine, Modern Skeptic, Hank Galliston has spent his career following clues, debunking myths and solving conspiracies. A confessed paranormal junkie, his motto is “logic is the compass.” But when his beautiful wife, Laila (Jacinda Barrett), is abducted from her antique clock shop, Hank gets pulled into one of the most compelling mysteries in human history, stretching around the world and back centuries.

Contained in one of his wife’s clocks is a treasure map, and what it leads to could be cataclysmic. Now it’s up to Hank to decipher the symbols and unlock the secrets of the map, while ensuring the answers don’t fall into the wrong hands – a man they call White Vincent (Michael Nyqvist). With his two young associates, Rachel (Addison Timlin) and Arron (Scott Michael Foster), in tow, along with Becca Riley, a sexy FBI agent (Carmen Ejogo), Hank will lead them on a breathless race against the clock to find his wife and save humanity.

“Zero Hour” stars Anthony Edwards (“Big Sur,” “Flipped,” “ER”) as Hank, Carmen Ejogo (“Sparkle,” “Chaos,” “Away We Go”) as Beck, Scott Michael Foster (“Californication,” “The River”) as Aaron, Addison Timlin (“Californication”) as Rachel, Jacinda Barrett (“Matching Jack,” “Middle Men,” “New York, I Love You”) as Laila and Michael Nyqvist (“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Patrol”) as White Vincent.

“Zero Hour” was written by Paul T. Scheuring (“Prison Break”) who is also an executive producer along with Pierre Morel, Lorenzo DiBonaventura (“The Transformers,” “GI: Joe” franchise, “Salt,” “Red”) and Dan McDermott (“Human Target”). The pilot for “Zero Hour” was directed by Pierre Morel. The series is produced by ABC Studios.

Of these three, LAST RESORT and 666 PARK AVENUE are the better sounding shows to me. But, 666 PARK AVENUE could become very campy and soapy if not handled well. The presence of Terry O'Quinn is the biggest plus for that one.

What do you think? Any of these shows pique your interest?

Source: VultureABC

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9:00PM on 05/16/2012

ABC? NO thank you!

ABC homogenizes everything into pasty oatmeal. 666 Park Avenue looks like it could have had potential in the right hands. The other two? Meh...:-P
ABC homogenizes everything into pasty oatmeal. 666 Park Avenue looks like it could have had potential in the right hands. The other two? Meh...:-P
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1:48PM on 05/16/2012
Is it just me or are these shows trying too hard to be like their better counterparts on FX and AMC and whatnot? As much as I like Terry "John Locke" O' Quinn, 666 Park Avenue sounds cheesy and way too much like American Horror Story. Add Venesa Williams in there and you're setting yourself up as one helluva corny ride. The other two sound mediocre at best. I'll give them a shot, but I'm betting my focus will stay on shows like Game Of Thrones, Horror Story, Mad Men, Sons Of Anarchy, and the
Is it just me or are these shows trying too hard to be like their better counterparts on FX and AMC and whatnot? As much as I like Terry "John Locke" O' Quinn, 666 Park Avenue sounds cheesy and way too much like American Horror Story. Add Venesa Williams in there and you're setting yourself up as one helluva corny ride. The other two sound mediocre at best. I'll give them a shot, but I'm betting my focus will stay on shows like Game Of Thrones, Horror Story, Mad Men, Sons Of Anarchy, and the best series since LOST, The Walking Dead.
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12:06PM on 05/16/2012
Give me a negative rating if you feel the need to, but you'll only be defending ABC. All these shows sound god-awful.
Give me a negative rating if you feel the need to, but you'll only be defending ABC. All these shows sound god-awful.
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9:22AM on 05/16/2012
666 looks like something that would follow Angel on the WB.

Last Resort poses a preposterous scenario in order to emote Anti-American rubbish.

Zero Hour looks like DeVinci light, but is probably the most interesting out of the three.

I really can't see any of these having legs, but who knows.
666 looks like something that would follow Angel on the WB.

Last Resort poses a preposterous scenario in order to emote Anti-American rubbish.

Zero Hour looks like DeVinci light, but is probably the most interesting out of the three.

I really can't see any of these having legs, but who knows.
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9:21AM on 05/16/2012
Last Resort looks like the best one I think.
Last Resort looks like the best one I think.
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8:56AM on 05/16/2012
Atleast this is some sort of progress for network TV dramas. I get tired of the same recycled, cop/detective, hospital dramas every season.
Atleast this is some sort of progress for network TV dramas. I get tired of the same recycled, cop/detective, hospital dramas every season.
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8:18AM on 05/16/2012
666 sounds interesting but they would have to take it somewhere dark like American Horror Story. The other two are DOA
666 sounds interesting but they would have to take it somewhere dark like American Horror Story. The other two are DOA
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6:41AM on 05/16/2012

Also pass, but nice try

Sorry, the whole Satan thing seems trite and boring. Exotic island = guys who can't think of anything but replicating LOST. And the last gets a bit X-file-ish, but doesn't draw me in.

I will obviously watch all these pilots though :) But like so many shows that try too hard, they sound like failure waiting in the wings.
Sorry, the whole Satan thing seems trite and boring. Exotic island = guys who can't think of anything but replicating LOST. And the last gets a bit X-file-ish, but doesn't draw me in.

I will obviously watch all these pilots though :) But like so many shows that try too hard, they sound like failure waiting in the wings.
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11:52PM on 05/15/2012

Pass

They all look like shit
They all look like shit
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7:03PM on 05/15/2012
Last Resort sounds pretty lame. Scott Speedman is a good actor but crashing on an island sounds all too familiar.

666 Park could be interesting, but I agree that it could get too soapy.

Zero Hour sounds the most promising. Scheuring had a good thing with Prison Break so his name alone garners my interest in this show.

But remember these shows are on a major network if they cant compete with the crappy music talent shows they won't even get a full season. Just give me Sons of
Last Resort sounds pretty lame. Scott Speedman is a good actor but crashing on an island sounds all too familiar.

666 Park could be interesting, but I agree that it could get too soapy.

Zero Hour sounds the most promising. Scheuring had a good thing with Prison Break so his name alone garners my interest in this show.

But remember these shows are on a major network if they cant compete with the crappy music talent shows they won't even get a full season. Just give me Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead and call it a day.
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6:04PM on 05/15/2012

Ok

GOTHAM should have been picked up!!! About a young woman detective trying to solve an impossible and soon discover a magical world within NYC to help solve the crime. I would see that! It's directed by Francis Lawrence. I'd rather watch that than 666
GOTHAM should have been picked up!!! About a young woman detective trying to solve an impossible and soon discover a magical world within NYC to help solve the crime. I would see that! It's directed by Francis Lawrence. I'd rather watch that than 666
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