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.