ABC’s drama October Road was cancelled in May 2008 after two seasons. Shortly after learning about the cancellation, the show’s creators wrote a short finale for the TV show. Though the network decided the Knights Ridge story was over, the writers wanted to wrap up the story, primarily for the fans. Once produced, the plan is to release it online, as part of the season two DVD set, or both.
Unfortunately, the October Road finale has yet to be made, in part because of finances. The writers, actors, and some of the crew have pledged their support, many offering to work for free for the love of the series and the fans. Unfortunately, it takes more than just love to pay for even 10-15 minutes of quality footage. The producers have pledged to make a cheap, “down and dirty” version if necessary but wouldn’t you rather see footage that’s up to the quality standards of the ABC series? Disney/ABC and Lionsgate (the distributor) will profit from the DVD sales. Doesn’t it make sense that they should pay for shooting the finale?
There are couple things you can do to encourage them. Sign the petition below and tell your fellow October Road fans to do the same. Then, write to ABC and Lionsgate and tell them how much you love the show and that you’d like to see a quality finale.
To: Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Lionsgate
We, the undersigned, faithfully watched the October Road TV show on ABC. We were very upset that this entertaining drama was cancelled after just 19 episodes. We were also dismayed that the series did not have a true finale.
We understand that the creators of the show have written a short epilogue to finish the series. We ask that you fund the production of this project so it can be made and so that the storylines can be properly ended. If possible, we ask that the finale be expanded to be longer than just 10-15 minutes. Additional episodes would be ideal.
Including a new, final chapter to the October Road story will surely increase sales of the season two DVD set. The cast and crew will be happy. The fans will be happy and you will make more money. Doesn’t that just make good sense all around?
Thank you for your consideration.
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