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TV Review: 666 Park Avenue January 6, 2013 “The Comfort of Death”

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The ABC series 666 Park Avenue will soon be coming to an end. There are four more shows planned in January, beginning with “Comfort of Death” airing January 6. The title is appropriate because Sasha’s return to Olivia (Vanessa Williams) and Gavin (Terry O’Quinn) poses monumental problems for both. Sasha has been missing for years without even the courtesy of a phone call to either parent. Until the return of Sasha, Olivia had closure albeit a painful one.

Now the parents have the dilemma of Sasha’s return with all the accompanying public embarrassment which her reappearance entails. The writers of the show must find a way to get closure for Sasha and her parents under the time pressure of a few short weeks before the show ends.

The status of Henry’s (David Annable) political career is up in the air. How will he decide? An affirmative decision would bring Jane (Rachel Taylor) into the confrontational dynamics of a rigorous campaign with all the suspenseful trimmings. In addition, neither Jane nor Henry appear to be comfortable as political junkies. Essentially, both are highly private people who shun the spotlight in favor of personal privacy and intimacy.

A related issue is for Jane to get closure for her unwelcome visions of the little girl at The Drake, as well as the persona of Peter Kramer chasing his wife around with a knife. For this task, Jane has selected Maris Elder (Whoopi Goldberg) to obtain wise advice and counsel. Maris is thoroughly versed in the history of The Drake, as well as many of its most privately held secrets.

It’s really too early in the history of the show for the audience to get a real contrast between good and evil, as suggested in the name of the show 666 Park Avenue. Even at his worst, Gavin must be seen as a greedy businessman and not an evil one. His conduct to date, although undesirable, could hardly be labeled evil in the truest sense of the word.

The show will be off the air after this season concludes. There are possibilities for resurrecting the cast in a movie about “The Drake”. As a movie, the show’s producers could prune many extraneous scenes like Jane’s visions of demons,
as well as unresolved flashes like Congressman Edwards disappearing into the abyss of an open elevator shaft.

In addition, there is very little screen attention concerning the love affair between Jane and Henry. Their relationship has been literally drowned in a sea of utter confusion and unresolved complexities. In a few short weeks, the audience will
get closure on the events building up to the conclusion of the 666 Park Avenue show on ABC.

If this show were to continue, it would have to be renamed. A good substitute  might be The Drake. The producers would have to focus on fewer themes because the audience may be confused with all the short unresolved dramas in the current organization of the show. 

Stay tuned for the next episode of  666 Park Avenue, airing January 6, 2013, 10PM on ABC.

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I've taught approx. 34 sections of collegiate courses including computer applications, college algebra, collegiate statistics, law, accounting, finance and economics. The experience includes service as a Board Director on the CPA Journal and Editor of the CPA Candidates Inc. Newsletter. In college, I worked as a statistics lab assistant. Manhattan College awarded a BS in an allied area of operations research. The program included courses in calculus, ordinary differential equations, probability, statistical inference, linear algebra , the more advanced operations research, price analysis and econometrics. Membership in the Delta Mu Delta National Honor Society was granted together with the degree. My experience includes both private account and industry. In addition, I've worked extensively in the Examinations Division of the AICPA from time to time. Recently, I passed the Engineering in Training Exam which consisted of 9 hours of examination in chemistry, physics, calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, probability/ statistics, fluids, electronics, materials science/structure of matter, mechanics, statics, thermodynamics, computer science, dynamics and a host of minor subject areas like engineering economics. A very small percentage of engineers actually take and pass the EIT exam. The number has hovered at circa 5%. Several decades ago, I passed the CPA examination and obtained another license in Computer Information Systems Auditing. A CISA must have knowledge in the areas of data center review, systems applications, the operating system of the computer, disaster recovery, contingency planning, developmental systems, the standards which govern facility reviews and a host of other areas. An MBA in Accounting with an Advanced Professional Certificate in Computer Applications/ Information Systems , an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance and an Advanced Professional Certificate in Organizational Design were earned at New York University-Graduate School of Business (Stern ). In December of 2005, an earned PhD in Accounting was granted by the Ross College. The program entrance requires a previous Masters Degree for admittance together with a host of other criteria. The REGISTRAR of Ross College contact is: Tel . US 202-318-4454 FAX [records for Dr. Joseph S. Maresca Box 646 Bronxville NY 10708-3602] The clinical experience included the teaching of approximately 34 sections of college accounting, economics, statistics, college algebra, law, thesis project coursework and the professional grading of approx. 50,000 CPA examination essays with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Additionally, membership is held in the Sigma Beta Delta International Honor Society chartered in 1994. Significant writings include over 10 copyrights in the name of the author (Joseph S. Maresca) and a patent in the earthquake sciences.
  • Darlene Riley

    WHY ARE YOU CANCELING THIS SHOW??? THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST SHOWS ON THE AIR..NEXT TO REVENGE? CANCEL ALL THE STUPID SHOWS LIKE THE STUPID REALITY SHOWS..THIS WAS A GREAT SHOW..

  • tv executive

    because no one is watching it, genius

  • Somewhat Fan

    Has the author watched the show? Gavin Doran is clearly evil – there are many examples of it in the episodes. How could that be overlooked in this article?
    Also a show that is quickly cancelled due to poor ratings will never see a movie made from it. This is NOT Firefly which had an avid following and a name director.

  • Blanca

    Did i miss these last 4 episodes???