A Peyton Place for the 21st century, the weekly, hour-long ABC drama October Road starred Nick Garrett (One Tree Hill) as popular novelist and successful screenwriter Bryan Greenberg. Ten years after writing a best-selling novel based on his New England hometown and its residents, Bryan returned to that selfsame town to teach a course at the local university. He was also forced to confront the friends, family members and others whose sins and secrets he had "exposed" in his novel, and who were understandably cold and sometimes hostile towards him. Along the way, Bryan got involved with the current problems of the town's residents, and in the process tried to ascertain his true purpose in life. Other characters included Hannah Daniels (played by That 70s Show's Laura Prepon), Bryan's former girlfriend and the mother of a 10-year-old son named Sam (Slade Pearce) whose paternal parentage was in question; Eddie Latekka (Geoff Stults), Bryan's best friend and the town's resident Lothario; The Commander (Tom Berenger, Bryan's widowed father; sexy coed Aubrey (Odette Yustman); and physically challenged student Phil (Jay Paulson). October Road joined ABC's prime-time lineup on March 15, 2007.