In the US: Sundays, 10pm/9pm Central, ABC
In the UK: Acquired by ITV2
So when is an adaptation not an adaptation? When you've only bought the book for its title because it's cool and you're really adapting something else altogether, that's when.
You might be tempted to think, for example, that 666 Park Avenue might be somewhat like 666 Park Avenue, the book of the same name - on which its credits claim it is based. And yet a brief yet cursory examination of the book's Amazon listing (or even, like me, if you flicked through it in the book shop) will reveal a few discrepancies:
Welcome to New York City, where the socialites are witches.
Jane Boyle has been living a fairy tale. When her boyfriend Malcolm proposes, Jane can't believe her luck and decides to leave her Paris-based job as a fledgling architect and make a new start with him in New York. But when Malcolm introduces Jane to the esteemed Doran clan, one of Manhattan's most feared and revered families, Jane's fairy tale takes a darker turn.
Now Jane must struggle with newfound magical abilities and the threat of those who will stop at nothing to get them.
Welcome to 666 Park Avenue .
Yes, it's Gossip Girl meets The Secret Circle. At least, the book is.
But that's not 666 Park Avenue the TV series. That is something completely different. And by completely different, I mean it's Rosemary's Baby meets The Devil's Advocate with just a hint of The Shining to give us 'The Devil's Janitor'. That's not as sexy a title as 666 Park Avenue, is it?
When Jane Van Veen (Rachael Taylor) and Henry Martin (Dave Annable), an idealistic young couple from the Midwest, arrive in New York City, the glamorous center of industry and media, they are offered the opportunity to manage the historic Drake. Jane, a small town girl with big ambitions, always knew she wanted to be an architect. Henry, a member of the Mayor's staff, is grounded, intelligent and tenacious. They are lured by the intoxicating lifestyle of New York's wealthy elite.
Sexy, enticing and captivating, home to an epic struggle of good versus evil, The Drake maintains a dark hold over all of its tenants in this new, chilling drama, tempting them through their ambitions and desires.
Basically, bunch of people in a building. They all get tempted. They sign their souls over to the guy who owns the building - the Devil (probably) - and then bad things happen. Two new people move in. They're going to be tempted by something, but you can bet they're going to do some investigating first.
And despite some really quite gruesome scenes, there is almost nothing interesting about this show. Apart from the title. It's a real place, you know.