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Three Numbers on Park Avenue

Forget the three numbers the real sell here is the Park Avenue part and the 1 percenter porn of the good life with some supernatural things thrown in to give people a way to rationalize watching it. From the Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars people for their viewers who are hitting twenty and want a “grown up show” to watch.

The “Haunted Building” drama has been done on TV with no success. Stephen King had a haunted hospital. But here the haunting is just providing forward momentum for the soapy elements that would otherwise have to be created by introducing more nefarious characters plotting things. It’s why Dark Shadows became well… Dark Shadows, because doing the supernatural is easier, it adds drama and you don’t have to explain things.

Daytime soaps may be vanishing, but prime time soaps are still proliferating. And a bonus of a supernatural soap is that some men may tune in thinking it’s a scares and chills series.

I’m not sure whether to feel sorry for Terry O’Quinn or not. It’s a better part than showing up on Hawaii 5-0 in his old standby as “military guy”, but it’s not that much better. It’s just different. Which might be good enough. He should have been able to nail a series after Lost, but instead he’s wandering around as a sideline on other people’s shows, delivering exposition and making sly remarks.

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