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OC order cut back

The future of Orange is looking Grey.

Fox is ordering only 16 episodes of the Southern California teen drama The OC for next season. The normal episode order for a full season is 22, but The OC has averaged 25 for its three seasons so far, so the cutback is casting doubt about the future of the show beyond next season.

The new season of The OC doesn't premiere until November 2, due to the Major League Baseball season. According to Variety, Fox will be done with the show in February, and may look to replace it with a midseason series. The fact that most of the teen cast will be leaving high school and going to college, along with the death of a major character at the end of last season, indicates that Fox may be wrapping up the show.

The OC has slipped in the ratings this past season, and ABC announced it is moving powerhouse Grey's Anatomy opposite the show in the 9 p.m. time slot. When it premiered in August 2003, The OC averaged around 8 million viewers a week and had a high "cool factor," with popular bands playing on the show and its soundtrack. The show sank to a weekly average of 5 million viewers in the 2005-2006 season.

Thursday has always been a competitive night, ever since the demise of NBC's dominant "must see TV" shows Friends and Seinfeld. At one point, the battle for Thursday was again heating up when NBC slated the Aaron Sorkin SNL parody Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip for the night, opposite current ratings champ CSI on CBS. When ABC made the decision to move ascendant Grey's Anatomy to the 9 p.m. time slot as well, NBC balked and moved Studio 60 to Mondays at 10 p.m.

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awww everything is definatly ruined because it was always the 4 teens ryan, marissa, summer and seth now what are they gonna do with just 3 of them which makes me think maybe taylor or someone else will take marissas place in the group or they'll unfortunatly end the show and i'll have to change my email addy lolz :(
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OMG!!!! i have read through lyk all u peoples comments and no1 cares that marissa died!! im a real big fan of the o.c but without marissa the o.c is gonna become real unpopular! shes lyk the main character and now they're even saying that they're gonna end tha o.c 4 good :o :(
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I love the OC, and I actually loved ALL the seasons for it; they always managed to keep me entertained, i never got why people(FANS) started saying "OMGZ SEASON 3 SUX LOL I HAYT U".
the OC rocks, and idc what it's up against, i think season 4's gonna rock because they said they're gonna rebuild it or whatever.
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dont get me wrong i luv the oc but with marissa gone the future dosent look good and nor shud it marissa isnt the main character but shes part of a foursum and the oc cant work without her
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This is so sad. The OC was like air to me in the first season. I do agree that it went downhill in the second season, only to be saved by Trey's shooting in the finale. I'll still miss it.
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So sad, another favorite show cancelled. Its time to stop cancelling shows people come on... your killing me... B(
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omg. Looks like it could really be ending. I haven't seen the 3rd series yet but of what i've heard of it, it wasn't as good as the 1st season. Killing Marissa off must have been the final straw...
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i think it'll be weird without mischa, but im sure they can make it good
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Why do they do this kind of things?! Just get the writers to bring the series to a new twist and voila! They can always bring in new cast which is even better looking and raise their lousy ratings...
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Well, it has jumped the shark so many times! The whole last season to be honest. I was a big fan of season 1 and 2, but 3 just did not work. And in OC terms jumping the shark seems to be killing the cast one by one. Now, since this is a youth drama show and there is just not a peticular END they could achieve, I think we are all being treated nicely by FOX. Now they can wrap it up in 16. Remember Invasion...
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KILL IT! KILL IT!

ITS AWFUL HORSEY POOP!

16 is way too many the should have sheduled 2 episodes where they all get beaten to death by ninjas.
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The O.C.'s future is getting bleaker by the second
I hope it doesn't get cancelled
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Im honestly glad. I never liked the OC and always thought the acting was less than par. Ill be glad to see it go.
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i think we must boycott this the oc has been a big part of our lifes since season one we must fight to keep it on air!!
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I liked the O.C. before all of those obnoxious teen magazines started on O.C. overkill. It was cute then, but then it became annoying to see the actors everywhere. I mean, it was a good show, but it wasn't a masterpiece. I think those teen magazines, along with lazy script writing, really rui
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wow i really dont care about this
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omg please dont be cancelled after this season i love the oc and how can people say the last 2 seasons havent been as good marissa died for godsake how can people say tht!!!!!!!!
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A show like this is too good to s-t-r-e-t-c-h out, that why it lost viewers in season 3, the storylines kinda sucked.

Season 1 used too much of the good stuff so therefore its following seasons were not nearly close to being 'watch-happy'.

So I think its a good thing its ending - not because I hate the show (because I love it) but because its had a good run, now it seems all we (as viewers) need is 'closure' on Marissa's death.
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I am an oc fan but marissa was the worst part of the show. Without her all her freinds lives wouldnt be so messed up. I say good riddance. BRING BACK ANNA!!! AND MAKE TAYLOR TOWNSEND THE LEAD!!! YEA!
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k, well personally, his sho w hasnt slipped up or anything...its still great...yes some storylines arent as good as others..but i havent ever sat there & physically HATED the show....

oh..& they have been saying in boards all over the net (oh..this whole 16 episodes..is OLD news by the way)....that normally the OC is only renewed for about this many..& then gets BUMPED up to 24-27 episodes..each season...

& come on people...i mean..i liked marissa just as much as the next guy...but really...what else could that character POSSIBLE have happen to her...i mean...she triedthe lesbian thing, stole, drunk, boyfriends galore, friend died, step father died, father ran out came back & ran out again....got a half-step sister...two names....JULIE COOPER-NICHOL & KAITLIN COOPER..need i say more...this girl has had everything happen to her...mischa was right is saying..there really isnt anywhere NEw to take her..i mean...there is teen pregnancy & marriage...or some college storyline...but really..those have all been done..i think Marissa being dead will leave the door open fo rthe show to focus back on ryan & julie & the cohen!....which honestly....is where the show is the strongest......

so fans (numbers seem to be dwindling in resonce to this story)....keep the faith up..i don' think fox will give up just yet...on a show that has actually given them numbers on the UBER competitive thursday night (not great numbers...but i mean....before the past two years...it was barely on the radar!)....

thats my long two cents..so ya....cheers & lets all wait & see in November how Josh is gonna thrill us this season...Keep em coming!...!
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Not surprised....It's been going downhill since the 2nd season. I'm surprised they even got renewed for a 4th installment.
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I can't say that I'm suprised, when Marissa died, the show kind-of "Jumped the Shark". The big picture is that alot of the actors/actresses are going to graduate (if they haven't already), so I think FOX is doing the right thing, because the network can bring it down slowly.
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Well that sucks.
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WTF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
How can Fox do this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It seems like I'm the only one on this message board who is extreamly upset!! Seriously, I just signed up with this site just to say THIS SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Wise. Very wise.
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marissa i think is coming back to season 4 as a "ghost" so i hear...
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Why not move it to a less competitive timeslot? Didn't it do its best Wednesdays at 8?
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I just wanna add something to my earlyer comment. I am from Orange County, Hunting Beach to be exact, only half an hour away from New Port. Well anyway, its nothing like the O.C. I heard it's not filmed in Orange County it's filmed in L.A. and some of the stars on the show have never even been to Orange County. It's Awesome there, no drama. I will stil watch The O.C. only for seth & Summer love, but I am still very ticked.
~FUN-LOVING~
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First of all, the departue of Marissa, Mischa herself wanted to leave the show. That´s why the death of Marissa don´t hit very hard for the audience (I am refering to an early post in which someone pointed out the fact she [Marissa] is dead and the very low reacting to that fact in this thread).

For the end in general, Beverly Hills 90210 ran for a decade, Dawsons Creek 6 years and Felicity 4 years. Except the 90210 (even if you dislike 90210 you have to admit it was "something more" than a regulare teen series) series the average teen series just run for a couple of years. Either it´s comedy or drama, around 5 years seems to be the limit for a show.

I would rather see a stunning end for the show in it´s fourth year/season than an ungoing, low average, series for 6 years. For the plot itself I can only hope they do it well untill the end.
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So long Orange County :lol:... The world can live without it. The third season wasn't even close to be as good as the first anyways and I dont think they can make the fourth better since marissa died. Lets just live that crappy show to the graveyard and move on.
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the oc is going down hill fast. this might be the one smart thing fox has ever done
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Stop dissing The O.C. Sure, it may have slipped up a little bit in seasons 2 and 3, but every show has its ups and downs. 24, for example, probably peaked at Season 3, but has slowly gotten worse. I really just don't feel the same connection to the show without beloved characters like Michelle, Palmer, and Tony. I still watch, though, just like I still watch The O.C.
Give the show a chance, it proved just how damn good it can be in Season 1, plus the ratings are total b.s. I read an article stating that it projects what the whole country is watching from a sample that in actuality is less than .1% of the population. How can you say that those select people show accuratley what the whole US is watching? That totally innacurate system has caused the demise of many shows, including Arrested Development. Don't let Nielsen do that to The O.C.
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I think it's for the best.. it would just greatly pain the cast and crew to see their show fail.. c'mon Marissa kinda made the show.
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This show must not go on. Tree Hill should :).
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This show must not go on. Tree Hill should :).
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This show must not go on. Tree Hill should :).
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I don't care as long as Tree Hill survives :).
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i think this show is The O-ver.
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Well it never seems to budge from our Top Ten list here, so someone out there watches it. ;)
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Who really watches this anyways? =)
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I got to say i'm not suprised. Killing Marissa off was a BIG no no. Them going off to collage could of been cool, but to me it's ruined. First off marissa won't be there, second there trying to replace the characters. What up wit that!!! Tayler was cool, but i hate kaitlin. She is a trashy 14 year old. I don't care about her, she hasn't been important since day one like Marissa has and I would MUCH rather her die than Marissa. I like Greys Anatomy a lot, and i'm ok with it replaceing The O.C. I just hope they do something nice with Seth and Summer's relashionship now that there the only good thing left. All though, now that Marissa is gone I wouldn't be so horafied at Ryan and Teressa. Thats all I have to say as a ticked off fan.
~FUN-LOVING~
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I admit I stopped watching. It got a little too predictable.
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There's already enough clons like this. Why not just make a Melrose's Place 2, hire back all the old cast and it'd still outperform lames dramas like this.
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Maybe it's better for the show to end normally, instead of becoming boring with time.
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I am a fan, but to be honest, I won't miss it. I don't want it to "jump the shark" if it hasn't done so already.
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where are all the OC fans! How can you say that? Marissa frickin died! Doesnt that mean anything! She died!
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Im honestly glad. I never liked the OC and always thought the acting was less than par. Ill be glad to see it go.
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Wow, this is surprising to me, I always thought The O.C. was a popular show! I'm planning to start watching the first few seasons on DVD!
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sadly the O.C. jsut keeps on getting worse season 1 was the greastest thing I have ever seen but season 2 and 3 were just ok.... we will have too see what the future holds for this show... and it doesn't look good.
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