ABC has pulled the plug on two of its new fall shows today, and considering low ratings and tough timeslots for both of them it’s not a big surprise. Neither Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will get their back nine, leaving Nashville as the only new drama that the network has picked up for a full season so far.

Last Resort, which followed the crew of a U.S. submarine who defy orders to fire nuclear weapons and seek refuge on an island, struggled in the ratings from day one. Going up against CBS’ The Big Bang Theory in its 8 p.m. Thursday night time slot as well as Fox’s The X-Factor’s results show, the new drama had an uphill battle it failed to win. This makes four shows in a row that have failed to get a renewal in the same timeslot, the last successful show being Ugly Betty; the odds were very much against Last Resort succeeding.

666 Park Avenue, a supernatural drama about a New York apartment building with a demonic manager, may have had even less of a chance than Last Resort in its Sunday night spot opposite NBC’s Sunday Night Football and CBS’ The Mentalist. The too-obvious address which was then chosen for the title gave it a cheesy feel from the start, and the premise itself was a bit bizarre. Not that bizarre can’t work these days, but not on Sunday nights on ABC up against tough competition.

Variety says ABC plans to air the rest of the already produced episodes for each show, and hasn’t yet dropped the options on the shows’ stars, so the final nail isn’t in the coffin yet. My guess though is that the hammer will fall soon enough.



If you have been watching television this past year, chances are you know that the stars have been lined up for Robert Buckley. Before “One Tree Hill” even bid its final farewell in April, Buckley had already been cast alongside Terry O’Quinn and Vanessa Williams in ABC’s new fall prime-time drama “666 Park Avenue”. The actor, who earned a degree in Economics from the University of California, San Diego, plays Brian Leonard: a married, successful playwright living with his wife (Mercedes Masohn) in a historic New York City apartment building possessed by the supernatural.

I recently had the pleasure of catching-up with the always down-to-earth Buckley and we chatted about his new role, whether any possible trouble lies ahead for him at The Drake; and just like “666” flashes back, we also flashed back in time to a special memory Buckley would go back to if he could!

What are you enjoying most about your character Brian on “666”?

Robert- Aside from the fact that Mercedes Masohn, who plays my TV wife, is pretty much the female version of me; so there’s a lot of just juvenile back and forth going on between us and that makes work more fun- it’s a good role because I just like the idea that he’s a good, relatable, kind of everyday man who is just making bad choices. I think that’s interesting as a viewer. I like to watch someone whom I can relate to and then I get to watch them sort of throw their life in ruins and then have to deal with the fall-out. I think that’s really interesting.

What can you say about what’s ahead for Brian and his wife? Drama ahead? I know in the promo for the upcoming episode episode, we saw a little something possibly happening with Alexis.

Robert- Yeah I think it’s safe to say that Brian is continuing to make some-what questionable life choices. As you saw in the trailer- because what is happening between him and Alexis. I mean talk about just really, really bringing trouble into your world: this girl is working with his wife, lives across the street and he still, still messing around.

And he seemed to give Louise some trouble about the Doctor.

Robert- Shady Dr. Evans! That guy gets a black eye and he has a tattoo, has the womanizing, the gambling. Who under 40 gambles and invests on horses? I just don’t know that guy. But he’s definitely trouble!

Is there any chance Brian is more than just a quiet writer? Are we going to possibly see more develop with him and Gavin? Would you like for that happen?

Robert- I was just working with Terry (O’Quinn) and Vanessa (Williams) last night and I was making that exact comment to them. I said to them, “I feel like we’re on different television shows. I want to play with you guys.” Gavin’s a real troublemaker so I’d like to, not that Brian doesn’t already have his plate full of wreckage, but I’d like to see Brian have a lot more stuff with Gavin.

I think it would be very interesting.

Robert- I do too. The more characters are interacting, the more opportunity you give yourself for roads to go down. I love the triangle they have right now between Louise, Alexis and I. But I think it would be great to open it up and see him interacting more with Jane and Henry and working with Gavin and Olivia; as well and sort of seeing what unfolds.

The series definitely has a supernatural theme to it-I have to ask since we’re on the topic, do you believe in that stuff? You seem to always play characters surrounded by ghosts!

Robert- I know! (Laughs) I’m just thankful that my wife isn’t a ghost this time! At least his partner is of this world. Yes, I have to say I do. I definitely do because I watch the Paranormal Activity movies and I get scared. So whether I say I believe in ghosts or not, the fact is every time I watch Paranormal Activity I’m afraid of my kitchen cabinets for a week. So clearly, I have some latent fear of supernatural beings. So I would say yes, I believe in those sort of ghostly shenanigans.

Maybe that’s why you’re drawn to these roles. Because of your belief.

Robert- Yeah absolutely. I think there’s some truth to that. I’d like to look at my resume and see just how many roles involve seeing dead people or dating dead people.

I heard you are optioning off a book, Dope Thief, tell me a little about it.

Robert- Oh yes! That is an awesome book that I read four years ago that I fell in love with and kind of kept it in the back of my mind for about a year and a half, and then I was talking to this friend and I was like, “Oh by the way did I tell you about this book?” I took it to him and he just loved it so we looked the author up, Dennis Tafoya, online, sent him an email and was like, “Hey, you’ve probably never heard of me. Don’t know me from atom. But I loved your book. I’d like to talk to you about it, maybe do something based on the book in the future.” He was a great guy and I got the rights to it and I’m hoping to adapt it with a buddy who I’m working with and get to play the title role. That’s the goal.

The lead character is just awesome. And there’s a lot that I identify with. And as you’re reading it, you just read stuff, and you’re like, wow this role would be so much fun. I would get to do something I haven’t done before and it just has all those elements to it. Even if it was something I couldn’t act out, I would want to help bring it to the big screen. I think it’s an awesome story.

A lot of actors, like George Clooney and Tom Hanks have gone on to direct and star in films, maybe Robert Buckley also on that list? Is that something you would like to do?

Robert- Absolutely. I have to say if “One Tree Hill” would have gone for another year, I 100% would have absolutely asked now to have a crack out of it. Because I love the whole aspect of what we do. And I’m fast at learning new things, I would just be foolish to not give it a shot. Who knows where I’d go from there. It could be I tried it and I loved it. Or I tried it and it’s not my cup of tea.

What is the best piece of advice that was ever given to you that you would like to share with your fans?

Robert- There is one piece of advice my mom gave me when I first left college, when I was looking for a job. I found a great job, but it was just a job I really disliked. She said it’s just as important to find out what jobs you don’t like as finding the job that you do like. Because it helps you do what you want to do. I took a consulting job for a year and a half that ultimately wasn’t right for me and I wasn’t happy doing it, but that experience was invaluable. And it also told me I don’t want to sit behind a desk and crunch numbers on a computer for 70 hours a week. So there was a lot of value in taking a job I didn’t like. I think a lot of times people get stuck at a job they hate and they’re sort of just doing it and it’s like if you don’t like it, it’s okay. Learn something from it and move on.

What’s your favorite memory from your childhood that you would go back to if you could?

Robert- It would have to be my earliest memory which is having a picnic with my grandmother in my backyard. She passed away when I was really young so I didn’t get to know her all that well but I just remember laughing and running around and racing her to the wall in the backyard and then having a picnic with her. It was so much fun! It was like a little movie flashback: perfect lighting, she laughing in slow motion. I don’t know why she chose to laugh in slow motion but she did. And just having such a good time. And feeling nothing but just happiness and just being where I was. That was a great time. And for the record, as an adult, I would definitely beat her in that foot race to the wall.

You’re sure about that? Some grandma’s are strong!

Robert- Yeah, let’s be honest she might still take me. But I have a fighting chance now!

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