Lifetime passes on 'Road,' 'Trees'


In another sign of the cloudy future for "October Road" and "Men in Trees" at ABC, the network explored a new home for the two bubble series on sister cable channel Lifetime.

Lifetime execs were given tapes of the dramas but ruled out picking them up, sources said.

The two series have limped in the Nielsen ratings this season. The past two episodes of "Road" aired back-to-back March 10 to a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49. "Trees," starring Anne Heche, still is running fresh episodes, with its most recent March 12 outing scoring a 1.7.

Despite a save-the-show campaign launched by "Road" fans, the fate of the offbeat drama seems pretty much sealed at ABC. Meanwhile, "Trees" has a shot at coming back as it's said to enjoy solid support at the network.