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26 May 2008 @ 10:12 am
October Road's' Josh Appelbaum Paves The Way For a Finale  

Although we've come to the end of the Road, Josh Appelbaum, his writing partners, the viewers (me, included), we just can't let it go. Despite the team behind October Road already scoring a new gig -- running ABC's remake of the BBC's Life on Mars -- they have not forgotten their promise to give OR's dedicated fans the resolution we desire.

We got the call that the show was cancelled on Tuesday at 9:45 in the morning," Appelbaum told me today, "And by 10 o'clock at night, me and [co-executive producers] Scott [Rosenberg] and Dre [Nemec] were writing the finale. It's sort of like therapy for us, but the most important thing is that it means closure for the fans."

Apparently, everyone in the cast, from Bryan Greenberg to Penny Johnson feels the same. "I called each one of them and they were all just unbelievably gracious," Appelbaum shared. "I went down the list and said, you know, we're planning on doing this thing, and every person said, just tell me when and where and I'll be there."

The details? It will likely be in three parts, run about 15 minutes long and pick up where the show left off, answering the question of who Sam's father is and what the fate of each relationship will be. "Separate from even knowing who Sam's father is, we've always known how we wanted to end the series," said Appelbaum. "Whether the show went two years or seven years, there's always been a particular moment and peice of closure that we wanted and we're going to be able to get to that intended end."

Appelbaum promises that all the other storylines will be tied up as well -- from Janet and Eddie to the Commander's health, from Aubrey and Ronnie to Physical Phil's great fears -- because the fans deserve that: "The nice thing about this whole experience is that this show about friendship has created an environment of friendship and community among the cast. And when we look at the message boards, we feel like that's sort of extended to our viewership too. We're happy to do this for them."

Whether the 15-minute finale will air on YouTube, be sold on DVD or dropped from the sky by carrier pigeons has not yet been decided. But one way or another, Roadies, take heart. You will get to hang out in Knight's Ridge once last time.

scoob2222scoob2222 on May 26th, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
that's very exciting
relbell83: Best Fried Windowsrelbell83 on May 26th, 2008 06:03 pm (UTC)
Wow, that's really great of them. Most people when their show is cut just move on with what's next and forget about the viewers, they are really amazing for doing this. I think that it'll probably end up on the season 2 DVD.
hai_di holloway: OR Brianhai_di on May 26th, 2008 08:15 pm (UTC)
That would be at least be better than nothing! Thanks for the info.
othloverr_0322othloverr_0322 on May 26th, 2008 10:15 pm (UTC)
i can't believe it's over</3 i can't wait to see this finale.
Sarjasarja on May 26th, 2008 11:49 pm (UTC)
That's so awesome. Made me happy, but I still have to do it, only 15 minutes?! Dang. lol. I'll take what I can get I suppose.
fluties_flakefluties_flake on May 27th, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
While I wish it were more than 15 minutes, I'll take it! It's so nice to see when a show/cast/crew etc. reciprocate their fans' dedication. Thanks so much!

BTW... This is why cliffhangers suck! Could you imagine not getting this?
Kristine: october road: nick & aubreyjust_flawed on May 27th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Thanks for posting this (:
This is great! I don't really care if it seems that it's not much, but at least we have something.
poeticgoddsspoeticgoddss on May 27th, 2008 01:45 am (UTC)
thanks for posting it.
mzfuller on May 27th, 2008 03:43 pm (UTC)
Im glad they are open to do this I loved it.
meggankofcalimeggankofcali on May 31st, 2008 06:02 am (UTC)
Scotty posted a comment like this over at the ABC boards.
I think it is great that they want to give us 3 part's of 15 min. each. But that's not enough in my book. We fan's are still writing and emailing asking for more. We are not giving up, even if they say we are a small core group of fan's, the type of audience they were not hoping for. I know I can only speak for myself and a few other fan's when I say, ABC needs to bring October Road back for 6 more episodes. If the ratings aren't what they want after the first three have aired then use the last three to wrap up the whole series.
That's what is far for the show and the fans. I want more!

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