4 01 2007

Fox’s once-hot ‘The O.C.’ is canceled

By LYNN ELBER, AP Television WriterWed Jan 3, 9:15 PM ET

“The O.C.,” the once-hot teenage soap opera that saw its ratings plummet like a delinquent student’s grades, has been canceled. The final episode of the drama will air 9 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 22, Fox TV and Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. said Wednesday.

The finale “will deliver real closure to the series, to the story we began telling four years ago,” series creator Josh Schwartz said in a statement. “It will be fun and emotional and I think really satisfying. It is the finale we always planned to do.”

Based in the affluent Orange County, Calif., city of Newport Beach, “The O.C.” caught fire in its first season, 2003-04, as the top-rated drama among advertiser-favored young adults and with a total audience of nearly 10 million.

The show’s story lines revolved around Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie), an outsider thrust into a heady new world of money and sex, and rich high school kids including Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and their families.

“The O.C.” didn’t sustain its momentum, dropping to about 7 million weekly viewers during 2004-05 and then to fewer than 6 million last season. This year, returning in November after Fox wrapped its postseason baseball coverage, “The O.C.” has only drawn about 4 million viewers.

Observers have pointed to a variety of possible reasons for the slump, including inconsistent quality, the fickleness of younger viewers and a time-slot change.

The third-season finale’s high drama, in which Marissa was killed in a car crash, didn’t turn the series around. This year found Ryan confronting the death of his one-time girlfriend and the man who caused it.

Fox ordered 16 episodes for the 2006-07 season and all will have aired when the series concludes in February, a network spokesman said Wednesday.

Others in the show’s cast include Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke, Rachel Bilson and Autumn Reeser.

Despite its brief heyday, the show helped establish cast members including Brody, Bilson and Barton as fan and tabloid favorites.

A replacement for the series was not immediately announced by Fox.



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18 responses

4 01 2007

It should have been cancelled right after the pilot!

5 01 2007


5 01 2007
OC Fan (Matt)

The show is not for everyone but it has a solid following and it would be a shame for it to stop so soon.

5 01 2007

Yeah I love the OC! The clothes, the beaches.. But that’s just me. 🙂

2 04 2007

I think the OC shouldnt have been cancelled.. I mean the whole thing is Great. ryan and Marissa…cutest couple and Seth and Summer.. yeah they had their fights but it was a good show. i will definitly miss it.. and i will watch it over and over again…all 4 seasons. They should bring it back.

17 04 2007

I think the O.C. should not have been cancled. it was like my favorite show ever. it was always exciting and intense, and i think they should bring it back………NOW!!!!!

18 04 2007
samantha jayne godber

hiya i am the worlds biggest oc fan i cry my eyes out when marissa cooper died my fave people are seth and rachel i cant believe they have spilt up in real life just think if oc was still on then they may have still been together rachel is a very lucky girl they made a perfect couple seth is sooo funny and sweet and one day they will both relise they were made for each other i am really going to miss the show it is the best show in the world i am going to get the dvds so i can watch them over and over again even thought the show has ended and i think later in life the oc will come back on and i love it that they put chris brown in it he is sooo hot and i think him and katlin made a perfect couple and ryan was best with marissa but i now think he makes a good couple with taylor I DEMEND THIS SHOW GOES BACK ON NOW….!!!! lv samantha x x x xif any body wnts to ask me about the show are anything else my bebo is samanthaluvs—–69 i will add you thankz

24 04 2007

it should not be cancalled because it was the best show ever but that is me i think it is stuped to cancal it because lodes of people are not watchg it but lods of people ARE WATCHING IT and that is out of order for us lot

25 04 2007

im gonna miss it so much

28 04 2007

eu adoro the o.c. mais…LOST é bem melhor rsrsrsrsrs

3 05 2007

I can not believe they cancelled it…
I guess all the characters sorta grew out of it, and it wasn’t as interesting without Mischa Barton…
Pople lost interest, stopped watching it, and here we are.
I still watch it on DVD all the time, but I will miss new episodes.

5 05 2007

I can’t belive its over i luuuvv that show it was so good

8 05 2007

i just want to say that the O.C wat theeee BEST programm ever. i have watched it sinces the first epesode untill the last and i am sad that it has finnished !
_xo ‘.THE.O.C.’xo_

19 05 2007

it is sooo sad…to hear that the oc has been cancelled…i am a huge fan of it….it shud have nt been cancelled… jst hope it cums bak sooooonnn….ii luvvvvv that show….!!!

23 05 2007

They shouldn’t have cancelled the show!!!Itwasagreat show with a great plot!! i LoVe ADAM BRODY! this is the showme and my sister watch together!

25 05 2007

I’m a 29 year old guy and as such, I grew-up in the 90210 era and I was an infrequent watcher at best. I’ve never really been an “avid” fan of any television show… Until “The O.C.” I’ve met and worked with Mischa Barton on a few occasions (as a model) and upon learning she was in a telelvision program, I decided to see what it was about.

Well, I just finished watching The O.C. Season 4. Needless to say, I was not impressed. But at the same time, it was kinda like sex – even when it’s bad, it’s still pretty good. It just lacked something very special with out Mischa Barton.

I live in the real world (and by “live in the real world” I mean, I’m a successful photographer/business owner) and I still feel as though I have had several friends pass from my life. The kind of friends you only see at Christmas (or Chrismukha) but look forward to seeing everytime you think about them. Not close friends, but good ones. Friends that, as human nature dictates, when remembered, will be missed.


28 05 2007

I love the oc soooooo much it is my favorite show ever!!!!!!!!I hope it comes bac soon! the last episode was very emotional for me!!seth & summer were my favorite!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

28 05 2007

I love the oc it roxx my soxx!!!!!!I hope it comes bac real soon!! I have seasons 123 and am about to get 4!!!! It is so exciting 2 watch!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

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