Who is Sam’s Father on October Road? Will We Ever Find Out?

October Road - Season One on DVDIt looks like the answer might just be yes. October Road fans may yet find out the answer to that question and more. The show is not coming back for another season and it won’t be airing anymore episodes on ABC, but one way or another, it sounds like you will get to spend a few more minutes in Knight’s Ridge.

TVaholic.com reader Kim W. left a comment over on the ABC Announces Their Fall 2008 TV Schedule post that read:

Really disappointed they didn’t bring October Road back at least to sum up the loose ends that hadn’t been discovered. I don’t like that we don’t really know who Sam’s dad is, will Hannah marry Ray, will Eddie & Janet stay together, what about Mr. Garrett does he survive his cancer? And so on. They could of at least brought it back to help put some closure to it. Not a good ending if you ask me.

While I’m not nearly as disappointed in October Road’s cancellation as Kim, I too would like to know the answer to the question: Who is Sam’s father?

Knowing that show creators, producers and writers have, in the recent past, provided closure online, once their shows are officially cancelled and there is no possibility of them coming back, Kim’s comment prompted me to find out if just such a resolution exists. Maybe, not as extensive as creator David DiGilio did for last summer’s short-lived ABC series Traveler. But, something that would at least answer the big questions left open at the end of the series.

While searching, I came across this story from May 14, 2008 at Zap2it’s Korby TV blog and it sounds like October Road fans will actually get to see their series tie up all those loose ends mentioned by Kim, not just read about them.

Sometime in the future there will be a 15-minute finale. Executive producer and writer Joss Applebaum and the rest of the creative team started writing it the night the show was cancelled and it seems that the cast was up for doing it as well. It will probably be released online via one of the streaming video services, but no details were offered at this time. So, I will keep an eye out, as we may yet get a little October Road closure and see whom Sam’s father turned out to be.

What do you think about the possibility of getting 15 more minutes in Knight’s Ridge?

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  • Stephen May 29, 2008, 12:43 pm

    A 15 minute series finale – what a great solution to ending series television that gets cancelled before their stories get a chance to play out. I would watch and even pay for a final 15 minutes of October Road so that I could get closure on the loose ends. This could be a standard requirement written into the actors contract. I love this idea and hope that October Road really does complete it.

  • Jason the TVaholic May 29, 2008, 1:35 pm

    Stephen, I like the idea as well. The networks and cable outlets should really look at doing something in this regard, especially for shows that have lasted multiple seasons. Other recent cancellations like The 4400 and The Dead Zone on USA, and Las Vegas on NBC that ended without any resolution to long running storylines or cliffhangers, only serve to disappoint TV viewers even further and give them another reason to find their entertainment elsewhere. At least, many of the creators and writers of shows want to provide closure to the fans that supported them by watching their shows.

  • Alison Jun 1, 2008, 8:59 am

    October Road is my favorite show. This is the first instance I’ve heard of where the producers, writers, and cast come together in attempt to provide closure to the fans. I think that is really wonderful of them. In my view, this show deserves seven seasons and some big time awards. A lot of October Road fans are still pulling for the cancellation to be reversed, and while that would be amazing, so is the idea of getting to spend even fifteen more minutes in Knight’s Ridge. I’m looking forward to it and I will probably watch it over and over, because unlike any other show on television, I really can’t get enough of October Road.

  • Carmel Mann Jun 10, 2008, 4:18 pm

    I think they should put the ending on the end of the second season DVD that way they can make it longer then 15 min. What do you all think about that.

  • maria Jun 27, 2008, 2:01 pm

    I love the idea!!!! i can’t wait for the loose ends to be resovled!

  • Kesha28 Jul 11, 2008, 11:52 pm

    I think that it sucks that they cancelled October Road. I was a really great show and I was looking forward to the new season. I would like the loose ends wrapped up, too! I just don’t think 15 MINUTES is long enough. I think they deserve more TIME! October Road is a GREAT SHOW! I can’t wait for the Season DVD’s to come out! BRYAN GREENBERG YOU ROCK! I would love to see you back on One Tree Hill. Best of luck to the cast!!!!

  • Jason the TVaholic Jul 15, 2008, 4:24 pm

    Kesha, Well, “great” may be overstating it a bit, but since the producer and everyone are doing this on their own, whether they deserve more time or not, 15 minutes is pretty generous.

  • RicheM Aug 7, 2008, 1:19 pm

    I too watched oct.rd. and thought it was a good show…. Jason you mentioned that sometimes the show creators, producers and writers write out an ending. I had heard that the show creators, producers and writers for Surface on nbc had written one for it. Do you happen to know where I could find that on the internet. I have tried and failed.

    I would be forever greatful.


  • Jason the TVaholic Aug 14, 2008, 7:34 pm

    RicheM, Unfortunately, I do not. I tried doing a little searching myself, but wasn’t able to come up with anything. It would be interesting to know where they would have taken things in a second season on Surface.

  • Sydnirae Aug 26, 2008, 9:25 am

    I am so disappointed. Yes, I would like to have closure as well. I really looked forward to watching October Road each week and don’t understand why some shows stay on and some don’t. but, Yes, Please give us closure!

  • Nury Rodriguez Apr 1, 2017, 8:27 pm

    I watched October road on Hulu and I would have loved an ending to who is Sam’s father. There was an opportunity when Hannah told her friend that she needed to tell Ray the guy she said was the dad wasnt

  • Connie Jan 25, 2022, 11:28 am

    Where is the 15 minute finale?

  • Jason the TVaholic Feb 24, 2022, 11:21 am

    Connie, It ended up being 10 minutes and can be found on the Season 2 DVD set.

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