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"October Road" Review by Suzanne 3/20/07

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"October Road" is a fine solid drama. At first, I thought it was going to be another one of those boring soap-like shows about young people...sort of a Melrose Place clone. But it definitely picked up about 20 minutes into the show.

The show is about a man, Nick, who leaves town in the late 90's to take a trip to Europe. His friend Eddie thinks they will go into business together. Nick tells his girlfriend that he will be coming back, but he never does. Instead, he writes a best-selling book about his hometown and the people in it. It is not very flattering to his friends. Ten years later, he has a different life in New York City (does he know Marin Frist?). He has to go back to his hometown to give a talk about his book at the local college.

His problem is that he can't seem to write a second book. When he does give his talk, he gets some kind of stage fright and ends up running out of the room. He clearly has "issues". He visits his family and friends. Some of them greet him warmly, but some give him the cold shoulder, including Hannah and Eddie, both of whom were treated badly in his book. Eddie is one of those small-town boys that never amounted to much and knows it, so he has a bit of a chip on his shoulder. You'll probably recognize the actor who plays Eddie from many other shows, including "7th Heaven".

The two most interesting things about this show are Laura Prepon, who plays the girlfriend (you may recognize her from "That 70's Show"), and the fact that her character has a little kid. We are all pretty sure that the kid is Nick's, but she denies it. However, the little kid is very smart, precoscious, and knows way too much about literature for a kid his age. In fact, he might be too smart to be Nick's kid, actually...

Former movie star Tom Berenger plays Nick's father. I hope they give him more to do in the future. This is a large cast with many interesting characters. We just have to wait to see whether the show heats up a bit and if it sustains audiences' interest. It's only here while "Men in Trees" is on hiatus. Frankly, that is a much better show. This one is not, just nothing too special.


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