October Road is an American television drama that debuted on ABC on March 15, 2007 following Grey's Anatomy. It follows Nick Garrett (played by former One Tree Hill star Bryan Greenberg), who after a decade returns to his hometown, the fictional Knights Ridge, Massachusetts.
The series is produced by ABC Studios and GroupM Entertainment; the latter is a partnership of media agencies within WPP Group that financed the series in exchange for ABC network-wide advertising time. The show was created by André Nemec, Scott Rosenberg and Josh Applebaum, who also serve as the series' executive producers.
The second season of October Road premiered on Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 10:00PM Eastern/9:00PM Central.
October Road completed airing its second season on ABC, but was not renewed for a third season.
Upon hearing of the cancellation, the show's creators co-wrote a 15-minute series finale and filmed it with the cast; the finale was released on May 5, 2009, as a special feature on the season 2 DVD.
Nick Garrett (Bryan Greenberg) left home ten years ago to go backpacking in Europe for a few weeks—and the brief trip ended up lasting for a decade. He left behind his girlfriend Hannah (Laura Prepon), best friend Eddie (Geoff Stults), and his family. Garrett is now a famous author and screenwriter living in New York City. Between the parties, social engagements, and living in a beautiful loft-style apartment, Garrett is suffering writer's block while working on his next story. His agent books him to do a one-day writing seminar at the local college in his picturesque hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts. Nick is excited about coming home, but realizes the feeling isn't completely mutual although his family and most of his friends welcome him back effusively. Hannah has a son, Sam, 10, and due to his age Nick questions if the child might be his biological son. Eddie is upset with Nick for walking out on their business plans, and depicting him like a fool in his book. Others are also upset with things Nick wrote in his book about the town. Nick will soon learn that it will be quite a readjustment coming home and that nothing will ever be the same again.
When Nick learns that Sam has a nut allergy like all male members of his family he decides to stay in Knights Ridge and persistently tries to obtain a job at that local college ("The Doof") despite botching the one-day seminar with a bad case of nerves. He eventually wears down the college Dean by pleading for the job on her lawn late at night. She finally relents after he badly sings "Where is Love?" from the musical Oliver!. Nick seeks out the boy, Sam, but backs off when Hannah reproaches him. Nick's father also becomes convinced of Sam's paternity when he sees the boy has similar eyes to those of the widower's late wife.
Nick eventually confronts Hannah with his belief about her boy's paternity. She disputes his view, pointing out how common peanut allergies are by asking patrons at the local bar for a show of hands of those with the allergy. Many people raise their hands. In the next few episodes. Nick and Hannah's feelings continue to develop. Hannah decides to break up with her boyfriend, prompting him to swear revenge on Nick. In the episodes to follow, Hannah's son, Sam, has an allergic reaction to a birthday cake made of nuts. In the tense episode that follows, Nick and Hannah are observed behaving like a couple in love. In the season finale, Nick rushes to her house to proclaim his love for her. They almost kiss, but are interrupted by Sam's supposed biological father.
While some people believe the show is based on the novel The Book of Joe by Jonathan Tropper, which was written in 2004, it is in fact based in the world of the 1996 movie Beautiful Girls which also takes place in the fictional small town of Knights Ridge.
Both Beautiful Girls and October Road were written by Scott Rosenberg, and semi-autobiographically based on his life and friends. October Road is loosely based on events following the release of Beautiful Girls.
The main characters (Left-to-Right): Phil, Janet, Sam, Eddie, Ray, Hannah, Nick, Bob, Owen, Aubrey, and Ikey.
- A young man with plans for the future, a young woman who loves him, amazing friends and loving family. That was Nick Garrett before he left Knights Ridge. He went backpacking through Europe and his brief trip turned into a whole decade away from his hometown. He lived in New York City, where he became a famous author and screenwriter. Experiencing writer's block, Nick decides to conduct a one-day seminar in his hometown, booked by his agent. Returning home, Nick didn't expect all the changes. His girlfriend Hannah Daniels now has a 10-year old son and is dating his enemy Ray Cataldo. He is troubled by the possibility that Sam could be his son, although Hannah claims Sam's real father is someone else. Nick also has to regain friendships that he broke, most notably with Eddie Latekka, who can't seem to forgive his friend for leaving. After his return, Nick starts dating Aubrey, one of the students at Dufresne College. Nick and Aubrey were in a relationship when the series ended; however, Aubrey had misgivings about it and was seen kissing Nick's brother, Ronnie, at the end of the season finale. In the series finale included with the season 2 DVD, Nick is revealed to be Sam's father and has reconnected with Hannah.
- After her long-time boyfriend Nick Garrett left for a decade to New York City, Hannah was about to deal the hardest time of her life. Ten years later, Nick found Hannah with a 10-year old child. Hannah, who was dating Nick's enemy Ray Cataldo at the time, had hard time trying to talk to the man who left her years ago. Hannah works as a veterinary technician and some times wonders what her life would have been if she had traveled Europe and attended college. Hannah revealed a different person as Sam's father, but it's still not determined who is Sam's father, though its been hinted that Eddie might be Sam's father as a result of a one night stand. Hannah's best friend is Janet Meadows. Recently, Hannah broke up with Ray, but they later made up and are now engaged. In the series finale, Hannah stops her wedding to Ray to tell Nick that he is Sam's father; she and Nick are seen to be together seven years later.
- Ray is "The Concrete King" of Knights Ridge. His successful construction company is responsible for office parks, juice bars, and condos all over town. Ray shares custody of his two children, Jasper and Casper with his ex-wife, Christine. Ray's success is a rude awakening for Nick, since as high-schoolers he bullied Nick and his friends as though it were his mission. When Nick returns he finds that Ray is also Hannah's boyfriend. The happy couple was engaged, and the second season ended moments before their wedding; however, in the series finale, Ray is nowhere to be seen, and Hannah is cleary in a relationship with Nick.
- Eddie is a former high-school football star who remains as charming and popular with the women as he was ten years ago. Although he has his own landscaping company, Eddie is still sour that Nick left Knights Ridge and abandoned their dreams of opening a floors, doors, and windows store. While Eddie's dating history has been a revolving door of model-type beauties, he finds himself embarking on a deeper relationship with Janet Meadows, the local barkeep. Nick and Eddie eventually fulfill their dreams of opening up a window shop of the name, "Best Friend Windows". Janet and Eddie's relationship appeared to be over at the end of the second season because she cheated on him with Rooster; however, the series finale shows that they eventually reconciled and married. A series of flashbacks in the episode "Stand Alone By Me," where Eddie is played by Remy Thorne, show that Eddie was much less outgoing as a youngster - it is implied that Eddie began deliberately developing himself into a ladies' man after suffering heartbreak when his long term relationship with Rory Dunlop ends at the end of his high school career.
- While sorting out his new life in Knights Ridge, Nick moves in with his gruff but caring father, known as The Commander. A widower, The Commander is dating Leslie Etwood, the dean of the English department at Dufresne College. Bob Garrett has recently received the unfortunate news that he has bone marrow cancer; he is seen to have died sometime between the end of the second season and the series finale, which is set seven years later.
- She is a bartender at a well-known bar in Knights Ridge and Hannah Daniels' best friend. During season one, Janet is asked on a date by Eddie Latekka, a man known for sleeping with many attractive women. Despite Eddie's reputation, she gives him a chance. Eddie takes Janet to a restaurant far away and Janet begins to believe he does not wish to be seen with her due to her physical appearance. He assures her that this is not the case and they make plans to attend Alison Rowan's birthday party. Eddie doesn't show as he is douting what people will think if they saw him with her and Janet's fear that Eddie is ashamed to be seen with her worsens. At the end of the season Janet confronts Eddie at the bar where he apologizes and confesses his true feelings for her. He kisses her and leaves the bar while Janet does a "happy twirl." Janet and Eddie were in a steady relationship until she cheated on him with Rooster, after which Eddie angrily broke up with her; however, the two had reconciled by the time of the series finale seven years afterward and are married.
- Big-hearted and affable, Owen prides himself on being a good husband and father to his two children. He always thought his life was perfect with a stable job, a pretty wife, and great friends. After finding out about his wife's affair with his childhood pal, Ikey, Owen's outlook becomes grim, as he doubts if his life will ever be the same. The process of getting over his parted wife and ex-best friend has not been easy. The one woman Owen connected with after the separation eventually admitted to him that she was a lesbian. Owen is not seen in the series finale, and as such, the fate of his marriage remains unknown.
- Evan Jones as David "Ikey" Eichorn:
- Ikey's affair with Owen's wife has divided this once close-knit group. A traitor in the eyes of his friend, Ikey loses his job working for Eddie's landscaping company and discovers the path of redemption is going to be a long, rough road. Seeking acceptance and a job, Ikey decides to work for Ray Cataldo's construction company. Ikey took Eddie to the hospital after his beating and was kindly accepted back into the circle of friends.
- A shut-in for the past six years, Physical Phil watches the world from the comfort of his living room in the house he shares with Eddie Latekka. Although much of Knights Ridge considers him a freak, his friends know Physical Phil is as reliable as they come. He got his nickname from Ikey at the age of 10, when Owen broke up an impending fistfight by saying "Don't get physical with Phil." His pizza-delivering girlfriend is one of the few outsiders he lets into his world, and she is responsible for his first steps outside his house. Physical Phil and Pizza Girl were in a relationship for most of the program's run; the series finale shows that they are still together seven years later and that Phil eventually overcomes his fear of leaving his house.
- Sam Daniels is Hannah's precocious ten-year old son. Sam and Nick quickly formed a bond upon Nick's return to Knights Ridge. He has a tight bond with his mom, and is adjusting to living with Ray and his two sons, Jasper and Casper. Sam believes his father is Gavin Goddard. In the series finale, Nick is revealed to be Sam's father; the finale appears to show that Nick, Hannah, and Sam began living as a family sometime after the end of the second season.
- A Berkeley, California native, Aubrey Diaz moved to Knights Ridge to attend Dufresne College's graduate writing program. Aubrey is talented, beautiful, and intrigued by her professor, Nick Garrett. After a brief period of flirting and dating, Nick broke Aubrey's heart when he chose to declare his feeling for Hannah. The two have grown closer overtime and realized they both want more. Aubrey and Nick were in a relationship at the end of the second season; however, in the season finale, she began having misgivings about it and was seen kissing Nick's brother, Ronnie, shortly before the episode ended. The two embarked on a relationship of their own at some point after the program's cancellation; the series finale, set seven years in the future, shows Aubrey pregnant with Ronnie's child.
- Emily, known for the series's entire run as simply "Pizza Girl," is Physical Phil's colorful and energetic girlfriend. She attends Dufresne College and works, as her name implies, as a pizza delivery girl; it was this job that first brought her in contact with her shut-in boyfriend. Their relationship suffered a number of bumps, including Phil's parents not accepting her as his girlfriend, but the two are shown to still be together seven years later in the series finale, which is also the episode which finally reveals Emily's first name.
- Bella Thorne as Angela Ferilli
- Remy Thorne as Young Eddie
- Zach Mills as Young Nick
- Alex Biats as Young Owen
- Joey Luthman as Young Physical Phil
- Matthew Josten as Young Ikey
- Cameron Palatas as Young Ray "Big Cat" Cataldo
- Bridger Zadina as Young Grizzly
- Brien Perry as Rob Bear
Portions of the show were filmed at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, in Newnan, Georgia, in Madison, Georgia, and Grant Park, Atlanta.
Episodes and U.S. ratings
The show debuted to strong initial ratings, but fell 16% in its second episode, though its ratings were still substantially higher than Men in Trees, the show it replaced upon its first-season conclusion.
It lost some of its audience during the last episode from a 3.7 rating to a 3.3 rating.
ABC originally planned on airing only four episodes of the series, leaving two episodes to be part of a second season. The network revised these plans on April 2, 2007, and the last episode of season one aired on April 26, 2007.
October Road was renewed for a second season on May 11, 2007. The new season order was of 13 episodes, which could be extended to a full 22 episode season based on ratings. The new season saw Lindy Booth and Rebecca Field made cast members.
Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of October Road on ABC:
The overall ratings for the first season—all episodes airing at 10:00 PM on Thursdays—were Rank #38, and 10.5 million viewers.
Weekly rankings based on Fast National ratings.Season 1
|1×01||"Pilot"||March 15, 2007 †||9.7||16||5.8||13.93||# 9|
|1×02||"The Pros and Cons of Upsetting the Applecart"||March 22, 2007 †||8.3||14||4.9||11.5||# 20|
|1×03||"Tomorrow's So Far Away"||March 29, 2007||5.7||10||3.5||8.24||# 39|
|1×04||"Secrets and Guys"||April 5, 2007||5.2||9||3.0||7.68||# 42|
|1×05||"Forever. Until Now"||April 19, 2007 †||6.7||11||4.2||9.6||# 24|
|1×06||"Best Friend Windows"||April 26, 2007 †||6.1||11||4.2||10.2||# 36|
|2×01||"Let's Get Owen"||November 22, 2007|| ?||9||2.0||6.36||#1|
|2×02||"How to Kiss Hello"||November 26, 2007||4.5||7||2.8||6.02|| ?|
|2×03||"The Infidelity Tour"||December 3, 2007||3.7||5||2.2||5.26|| ?|
|2×04||"Deck the Howls"||December 10, 2007||3.8||5||2.2||5.19|| ?|
|2×05||"Once Around the Block"||December 17, 2007||3.3||4||1.5||5.68|| ?|
|2×06||"Revenge of the Cupcake Kid"||January 7, 2008||3.5||4||1.8||5.00|| ?|
|2×07||"Spelling It Out"||January 14, 2008||3.4||5||2.0||4.89|| ?|
|2×08||"Dancing Days Are Here Again"||January 21, 2008||3.2|| ?||1.9||4.95|| ?|
|2×09||"We Lived Like Giants"||February 11, 2008||2.6|| ?||1.6||4.00|| ?|
|2×10||"Hat? No Hat?"||February 18, 2008||3.1|| ?||1.6||4.42|| ?|
|2×11||"Stand Alone By Me"||March 3, 2008||3.8||5||2.0||5.30|| ?|
|2×12||"The Fine Art of Surfacing"||March 10, 2008||3.4|| ?||1.8||4.70|| ?|
|2×13||"As Soon As You Are Able"||March 10, 2008||3.4|| ?||2.8||4.70|| ?|
† Episode aired after a new Grey's Anatomy, which on the night of October Road's pilot averaged 22.7 million viewers.
‡ Monday night episodes.
|"Season 2"||3.5||6||2.0||5.11|| ?|
October Road premiered on ABC on March 15, 2007.
- In Greece, the show premiered on Fox Life on January 21, 2010.
- In Scotland, the show premiered on STV on February 22, 2010.
- In England & Wales it premiered in 2010
- In Italy, the show premiered on March 28, 2008
- In Australia, the show premiered on 7Two on September 20, 2010
- In Slovenia, the show premiered on Kanal A in August 2008.
- In Poland, the show premiered on TVP2 on April 18, 2011 at 7.00 p.m.
- In Japan, the show will premier on AXN on October 7, 2010.
- In Denmark, the show premiered on Kanal 4 on October 31, 2010.
- In Germany, the show premiered on Sixx in 2011.
|DVD name||Release date||# Eps||Additional information|
|The Complete First Season||October 30, 2007||6||Deleted scenes, bloopers, "The Journey Begins" featurette, season 2 preview.|
|The Complete Second Season||May 5, 2009||13||15-minute series finale|
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