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The O.C.: A Fourth and Final Season?

The OC cast perhaps headed for cancellationThe popular and steamy Orange County-based drama that stars Benjamin McKenzie, Rachel Bilson and Adam Brody begins its fourth season on November 2, 2006. Fans of the Fox’s The O.C.can expect to see a significant shift in the storylines now that the hot characters have left high school and one of them (Marissa played by Mischa Barton) has died.

Though the show has been a staple of Fox’s Thursday night schedule, the drama has been drawing far less interest and has garnered an average of a small 5.6 million viewers. The competition for viewers on that night is also expected to get far tougher. Between ABC’s popular Grey’s Anatomy, CBS juggernaut C.S.I., and NBC’s guilty-pleasure Deal or No Deal, it’s expected that The O.C. could have a really tough time holding onto its audience.

For its part, the network seems to be hedging its bets by only ordering 16 episodes for the fourth season. Because of a desire to run as few reruns of the drama as possible, the last episodes of the season could air by early 2007.

A Fox network exec has indicated that they’re keeping their options open. Fox has a number of other dramas in development to take The O.C.’s place on the schedule or is open to ordering additional episodes should the ratings warrant that. He also said that he believes creator Josh Schwartz and the members of the show’s creative team have lots more hot and steamy stories to tell.

Hopefully, the new stories will be enough to woo viewers away from the popular Thursday night competition. The fight for the show’s survival begins this fall. Stay tuned! TV Series Finale home page


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tolut February 10, 2010 at 12:58 am

why did marissa have to die i cant wait to watch the fourth season


sof June 7, 2009 at 8:08 am

hey, this is my second time watching the oc,
and i just realized how much i missed it!its the best series ever
i want morre!!! :'( :'(


Paul July 19, 2008 at 7:24 am

ohh. i’m a big fan of The O.C. but i haven’t watched the final season too. I really want to have it on DVD and i’ve been to so many malls , but i really can’t find it. ggaaawwwdd. Good thing i had a glimpse of the series’ final montage and it was great.! :D btw, I’m from the Philippines.. ;)


Rose April 23, 2008 at 11:35 pm

Im one of the HUGE fan of The O.C,actually i haven’t watch the last season of it because Im an ASTRO cust0mer and the sh0w hasn’t been updated yet. Still, I’ve already watch the epis0de when Marissa and Ryan was inv0lved in an accident. I really h0pe I can find the DVD selling at any CD-sh0p cuz I’ve been wandering ar0und and g0t n0thing!!!really l0ve all the characters esp. Mischa Bart0n and Rachel Bilson (cuz Im a bit like her)ehee


Tasrina March 11, 2008 at 7:31 am

i m really upset that oc is put 2 an end.there are lotz more to happen.i agree that the last season was a bit……..since marissa dies and ryan hooked up with taylor which i hated most.i hope it may start again.pls pls pls


Xstract February 25, 2008 at 5:46 pm

I’m late for finnishing the last episode of the last season, the end of the episode was good, the whole episode was great. but it’s sad to put an such great show to an end :(
It’s one of the best i’ve ever watched! :)


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