`October Road' Gets Plum Midseason Spot
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- In the lottery of TV scheduling, "October Road" is a very big winner.
The drama starring Bryan Greenberg ("Prime," "Unscripted") and Laura Prepon ("That `70s Show") was gifted with the Thursday night slot following "Grey's Anatomy," the season's top-rated scripted program.
"October Road" debuts 10 p.m. EDT March 15.
The best-case scenario would have "Grey's" viewers stay tuned to ABC, sample the new show and be entranced by the story of young writer Nick Garrett (Greenberg), who returns to his New England hometown and a confrontation with his past after too many years away.
The other, bleak possibility: That the mellow drama with a male-dominated ensemble cast doesn't cut it with the 25 million or so fans addicted to the high-octane life, death and love escapades of Meredith Grey and her hospital posse.
The stakes weigh heavily on "October Road" executive producer Scott Rosenberg and colleagues.
"It's this crazy combination of being completely excited, but then all of a sudden terrified," Rosenberg said as the show's debut drew close.