'666 Park Avenue' Star Robert Buckley on Last Episodes: There's No 'Tidy Bowtie'
The actor tells THR what it's like on set of the cancelled drama, laments ABC pulling the plug and ensures that fans will be treated to a full-fledged series finale.
When ABC announced the cancelation of 666 Park Avenue on Nov. 16, lead Dave Annable was quick to call out the network on Twitter: "You have to give shows time to grow! Nielsen is so outdated!" he wrote. "I'm sorry but they f---ed up."
Fellow 666 Park actor Robert Buckley, who recently spoke with The Hollywood Reporter, echoed Annable's comments but says he's looking forward to surprising fans with a full-fledged series finale.
"I’m disappointed to see it end prematurely, I think it’s really starting to find its stride now," he says. “The ratings are what they are, they’re really difficult to interpret -- overnight versus DVR [growth]. But at the end of the day, I think it’s a great show."
Days after the ax dropped on the Sunday night series, 666 Park Avenue received a 77 percent boost for its Nov. 4 episode via DVR ratings and grew an entire rating point -- more movement than any other show for that week. Still, the show still ranks low. Its most recent episode lost nearly half of its Revenge lead-in, earning only a 1.2 rating in the key adults 18-49 demo.
The last two episodes of 666 Park Avenue are currently in production.
"On set, everyone was disappointed to hear the news; I’ve never worked on a show where you had to continue making episodes after you knew," he tells THR. "But we just had our table read for episode 12, and we had a blast. It’s like, 'Alright, the show’s canceled, then let’s just do these for us. Let’s make the show that we want to make.'"
With five episodes left to air, Buckley teased that the remaining scripts have been ramped up to deliver fans a full-fledged series finale.
"They’re pulling out all of the stops. They had big plans for the show regardless of [ending with] 13 [episodes], and they’ve stuck to it," he says. "Viewers are going to be really surprised to see what we pull out in the last couple episodes. I had heard that there wouldn't be a nice, tidy bowtie on the ending. It would leave you wanting more, which, given the circumstances, is smart."
Set to leave a cast including Annable, Terry O'Quinn, Vanessa Williams and Rachael Taylor, who will Buckley miss working with most? His onscreen partner, Mercedes Masohn of The Finder fame.
"We get along like two demented peas in a pod," he said. "TV wife wins."