By Tom Gliatto Cynthia Wang
March 19, 2007 12:00 PM

ABC (Thursdays, 10 p.m. ET)


Nick Garrett returns to his Massachusetts hometown a decade after ticking off everyone by using their sad little ho-hum lives as fodder for a best-selling novel. He’s back to give a talk at the local college, but he decides to stay on when he learns that his old girlfriend, still unmarried, is raising a son who may be his. And he realizes that maybe these ordinary, mostly blue-collar lives are possibly richer than he thought. Gee, ya think? Is there anything here that Bruce Springsteen hasn’t already sung about? I began wishing the townsfolk were members of a pagan coven and they would sacrifice Nick on an altar of pumpkins at their secret harvest festival. The cast is attractive, anyway. Bryan Greenberg, as Nick, has appealing eyes that peer out from beneath quizzical Muppet brows. As the girlfriend, Laura Prepon (That ’70s Show) gives off the lazy allure of a Scarlett Johansson.