ABC to bow 'Road,' reheat 'Degrees'

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ABC's midseason drama "October Road" will premiere March 15 in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot.

Meanwhile, the network's benched "Six Degrees," which launched in the fall in the 10 p.m. Thursday slot, will return with original episodes on a new night, Friday.

"Road," from ABC TV Studio and GroupM Entertainment, is guaranteed huge sampling as its premiere will air after an original episode of ABC's top series, "Grey's Anatomy."

At least one more original episode of "Grey's" is expected to lead into "Road," which has been booked for four episodes for now. If the show's initial run is successful, the network is expected to air the entire six-episode order of the midseason drama before the time slot's regular occupant, "Men in Trees," returns.

"Road" stars Bryan Greenberg as a young, popular author who goes back to his hometown to get over his writer's block. Laura Prepon and Tom Berenger co-star in the series, which is executive produced by Gary Fleder, Scott Rosenberg, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.

The serialized drama "Degrees," which was put on hiatus after struggling to find traction with viewers, will return to the schedule March 23 airing in the 9 p.m. Friday slot.

The show stars Jay Hernandez, Bridget Moynahan, Erika Christensen, Dorian Missick, Campbell Scott and Hope Davis.
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