Actor alumnus to star in new television series

Jay Paulson ’96 is a cast member on “October Road.” Paulson plays Phil. The character Phil is a friend of Nick Garrett, whose semi-autobiographical novel about life in Knights Ridge, Massachusetts made him a literary superstar, but alienated his hometown. “Physical Phil,” as Paulson’s character is known is known, suffers from agoraphobia, a crippling anxiety disorder that has prevented him from leaving his home since Sept. 11, 2001. “October Road” airs Thursdays at 10 on ABC.

— Derek Schlom