October Road: Not Cancelled, But Cut Short

The cast of October RoadThough October Road debuted to strong ratings, ABC plans to cut the freshman drama’s season short and only air two-thirds of the episodes. Why?

The new October Road drama on ABC (no relation to the 2002 James Taylor album) tells the story of a young and famous NYC writer named Nick Garrett (played by Bryan Greenberg). Nick authored an extremely popular book which was essentially a “tell all” novel based on his home of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts. He subsequently gets a bad case of writer’s block and decides its time to return to his hometown after ten years away. As you might guess, his reception isn’t exactly a warm one. In addition to Greenberg, the series features Laura Prepon (That ’70’s Show), Tom Berenger, Warren Christie, Brad William Henke, Evan Jones, Jay Paulson, Slade Pearce, Geoff Stults (7th Heaven) and Odette Yustman.

Following a new episode of Grey’s Anatomy, October Road debuted on March 15, 2007 to great numbers. Despite mixed reviews, Road attracted 13.93 million viewers and came in at #9 for the week. The second episode lost 16% of its previous audience and about a half of lead-in Grey’s Anatomy’s viewers. Still, Road performed much better than Six Degrees or Men in Trees had in the same timeslot. You would think that ABC would be anxious to air the rest of the season’s episodes. You would be incorrect.

Like more and more new shows, October Road’s initial season is a short one, consisting of only six episodes. Rather than run all six of them to keep viewers hooked, ABC plans to air only four of them this season. If the show gets picked up for another year, the remaining two episodes will be broadcast at that time. ABC did the same thing to Grey’s Anatomy its first year.

You can view this stockpiling as either pretty good assurance that Road will return for season two or, that ABC execs don’t have faith in the series. The final decision will have a lot to do with how well episodes three and four perform. If Road’s audience continues to erode, it probably won’t be back. We’ll likely know by mid-May what ABC decides to do. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page

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  1. Ann Marie says

    I loved the show and would love to see it come back. Talk about leaving us hanging….please we would like to have all our questions answered.

    ABC we need October Road

  2. Joni says

    Please bring back October Road ABC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am still waiting to see what happens between Janet and Eddie and who the heck is Sams dad? Pleeeeeeeease atleast give me some closure on whats going to happen!!!! Let us know whats going to happen I loved this show!

  3. Lindsay says

    I AM LOVING ME SOME OCTOBER ROAD SO PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE DON’T KEEP US WAITING ANY LONGER….BRING IT BACK ABC!!!

  4. Christina says

    I just got done readying the book “Home For Christmas” by Nora Roberts and it was almost a T to the Tv show October Road, only the book gave us an ending. Was the TV show based off the book? If not then someone needs to do some digging because someone stold the story from Nora. The book and Movie are almost exact.

  5. Sonia says

    I don’t have much to say except “BRING BACK SOME MORE OF OCTOBER ROAD”. It was a great show and I am dying to know the end.

  6. Willis says

    Please keep the show going. It is one of the few good shows out there with all the reality crap on air. The show has alot of fans so don’t disappoint!

  7. Stasa says

    Hi….

    I know that i am probably jut one of many fans. But i come from a small country where only the greatest shows are performed. And i must say, i was so happy when i discovered that i have my favorite show. And that was OCTOBER ROAD. I never in my life feel such emotions by looking a series. The music, the story. the cast. God you made the best show ever in my life. And now, i addmit i am sad. The best show ands just like that. Do you even know, how good is OCTOBER ROAD. You should give it a chance. And us a hope, to see more and more series of it.
    Please, i know one human is not enough to convince you. But this would be a dream come true for all OCTOBER ROAD FANS…I LOVE OCTOBER ROAD

  8. Anonymous says

    PLEASE PUT THIS SHOW BACK ON. IT WAS ONE OF THE ONLY SHOWS I LOVED ON T.V. WHY DO YOU ALWAYS GET US HOOKED THEN PULL THE PLUG? PLEASE PUT THIS SHOW ON AGAIN.

  9. Dish says

    It is so sad that everytime a GOOD SHOW comes on the air it gets cancelled!! What is going on?? October Road is a show that should have had YEARS on the air! Great writing, great cast and great fun to watch!! What a shame!! ABC…..YOU BLEW IT

  10. Karen says

    EVERYTIME YOU GET A GOOD SHOW ON YOU CANCEL IT SOON AFTER. I HATE
    ALL THOSE REALITY SHOWS. I WANT TO SIT DOWN AT NIGHT AND WACTH ABOUT SOMEONE AND THERE PROBLEMS. PLEASE BRING SOME GOOD SHOWS WORTH WATCHING.
    I HAXE A GRIP ON MY KIDS AND OVER WEIGHT DON’T WANT TO SEE IT ON TV

  11. Amy says

    Exactly. You R so right. I love them shows too. Dont forget about Kyle XY, thats a good one too. Dont konw body care about Wife Swap or the new show Super Manny. Its bad enough we have Super Nanny, now we have a many nanny. ABC get your act together and bring our shows back. PLEASE.

  12. Adam says

    I know ABC network are all ways messing things for everybody. Cant even keep a good simple tv show running. Like October Road, What about Brain, and Will Travler. I loved them shows. If you want to take show off the air take Super Nanny, The Bacholer and Wife Swap. There scripted or staged anyway. BOO to ABC network.

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