Jonathan Murphy, October Road
Despite shaky reviews, ABC's October Road (Thursdays at 10 pm/ET) stepped into a prime-time spot behind Grey's Anatomy and held its own in its first few weeks. But will viewers get attached enough to invite Bryan Greenberg's Nick Garrett and his small-town friends back for more? TVGuide.com spoke to Jonathan Murphy — aka Nick's kid brother, Ronnie — about why he was drawn to the series and how it will survive among peers that are exploding with high ratings. Murphy also gives us the scoop on the coming season of ABC Family's Wildfire.
TVGuide.com: So, a pretty good viewer response to October Road
Genevieve Cortese, Wildfire
It's not just the little show that could. ABC Family's Wildfire (Mondays at 8 pm/ET) is the little show that changed an entire cable network. Despite a premise that sounds sappy — troubled girl befriends horse and starts a new life — this series doesn't shy away from the hard topics (drugs, sex, suicide) and has pulled strong ratings, especially with teens and young women, since its 2005 debut. It proved that the channel could be more than just a repository for sugary repeats, and soon ABC Family was launching more original programs with edge (Kyle XY, Fallen, the new Lincoln Heights). Wildfire, which kicked off its third season this month, has already been renewed for a fourth.
Charlotte Salt, Wildfire
Fans of ABC Family's Wildfire had better brace themselves for a new arrival from across the pond. Charlotte Salt, a charming up-and-coming British-born actress, is joining the cast for the final three episodes of this season (starting tonight at 8 pm/ET) as Gillian, a wealthy heiress who splits apart one of the on-again-off-again romances on the show. TVGuide.com spoke to the 20-year-old about exactly what kind of "horsing around" she did on the set.
TVGuide.com: How did this Wildfire role come about? Charlotte Salt: I auditioned for the pilot over a year ago and I never heard anything more from them. But then I got a call saying, "Reme
One of my big guilty pleasures, Wildfire, had its second-season premiere tonight. We finally got to see what happened with Kris and the race. Turns out Tina Sharp was able to manipulate Wildfire and Kris and won the race. This is why you should never trust a pink power ranger. And meanwhile the Davis family is self-destructing, with Dani making a drunken scene at her father's shindig and Junior deciding to disinherit himself. Then he drives his Porsche into the lake and scares all his friends. Charming. So far I'm glad that Kris is smart enough to take some time away from him while he gets his life on track. She's a smart cookie, but I don't know if I trust that sports agent who wants her to sign a contract with him. She didn't even make him scream "show me the money."…Yay, the slutty pumpk
ABC Family's addictive Wildfire may bear a lot of similarities to The O.C. and other teenager-friendly soaps, but the horses and the heart have kept viewers coming back all summer — and earned the show a second-season pickup. TVGuide.com caught up with 24-year-old Genevieve Cortese to talk about her breakout role as Kris, an ex-con with a heart of gold who is torn between two really hot guys and dreams of becoming a jockey. So before the drama trots off the air with tonight's season finale [airing at 8 pm/ET], find out what she had to say about her love triangle.
TVGuide.com: If you were in Kris' shoes, which guy would you pick? Junior, the wealthy playboy, or quieter, boy-next-door Matt?
Genevieve Cortese: At this poin
Are you suffering from O.C. withdrawal this summer? Don't think you'll make it until new episodes start airing in September? We've discovered a new show that'll take care of your nighttime suds fix. Although ABC Family's Wildfire (Mondays at 8 pm/ET) has horses instead of pithy pony Seth Cohen, there are some striking similarities between early Newport events and current Raintree happenings. Join us in reveling in the soapy goodness of it all.
Car troubles: Our first glimpse of The O.C's Ryan Atwood is of him breaking into a car with his brother, Trey, and then landing in a juvenile detention. Wildfire kicks off with spunky girl Kris Furillo in juvy serving time for carjacking.
A hand up not a handout: Both troubled youths need some help getting out of their sticky situations and they get it. Ryan's savior is Sandy Cohen, his public defender who bru