October Road, starring Bryan Greenberg (pictured) is back on ABC’s schedule next month. The second season premieres Thursday, Nov. 22 at 10 p.m., before the show heads to its new home, Mondays at 10 p.m., on Nov. 26. Personally, I’m torn: If I have to watch a sub-par
yet somewhat addictive quarterlife crisis ensemble drama in that timeslot, I wish ABC had kept What About Brian. Although, that means Barry Watson wouldn’t have been free to do Samantha Who?, which just received an order for more scripts and notification that it’s heading to Mondays at 9 p.m. on Nov. 26. (Notes From the Underbelly will be sandwiched between the two.) Why can’t anything be simple?
Adding to my confusion: I just rewatched the season 1 finale of October Road, and for most of the episode, I wanted to shoot myself. Or, more accurately, whoever was writing stilted dialogue like Aubrey’s accusatory “Is there still a part of you that yearns to return to the glory days of Nick and Hannah?”, and Owen’s lame “How can this be?” after learning that Nick knew about his wife’s affair and didn’t tell him. But then, right around the time that Eddie (Geoff Stults) told Janet (Rebecca Field) that he realized he was a “sad person” and she made him happy, something clicked. The abundance of badness became comforting, and my brain went, “Okay, they’re not asking anything of me here. At all. So, I’ll just sit this one out, and you can just sit back and relax. And we’ll talk about how good Stults looks in flannel later.”
So, admit it: Are you looking forward to Road‘s return? And if so, what can producers do to the show to make us not want to kill ourselves? Or them?
addCredit(“October Road: Guy D’Alema”)