Married Swirling

Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams Make Devilish (But Boring) Swirl Couple in “666 Park Avenue”

Through bleary eyes, I caught the premiere of “666 Park Avenue,” and I must say I’m quite intrigued. The fact that the lead villains, Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams are swirling marrieds is an afterthought. The New York Times did a piece bemoaning how the new crop of white me/black women pairings were “weird” and should quickly run their course. I disagree. The more we see it, the more normal it becomes to people who just can’t seem to fathom the concept of interracial love that doesn’t include prostitution, slavery or exploitation. In any case, I felt no chemistry between O’Quinn and Williams, and think their more partners in evil than anything else. I’m more intrigued by the unsuspecting couple, “Jane and Henry,” who take the too-good-to-be-true apartment management job in the swanky place.

I LOVE the concept of conspirators of evil living communally in an old place seemingly rich with history (cue The Shining, Rosemary’s Baby, etc, etc.). I’m a sucker for horrors, thrillers and all things macabre.

In the first show we see a man who kills to bring back his dead wife, a man tempted by a woman he sees undressing in a window and then his wife squeezed and crushed in an elevator door, Olivia (played by Vanessa Williams) pushing a $400 dress on Jane for black tie affair. At the end Jane and Henry sign a contract the could very well have been a trade for their very souls.

Who caught it? Thoughts?

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