The O.C. feels squeeze

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LOS ANGELES--Soak up the sun while you can.

Fox president Peter Ligouri has a message for trembling fans of beleaguered teen drama The O.C.. Loyal viewers became alarmed when, after a mediocre ratings season, Fox ordered only 16 episodes of the show instead of 22, the normal full-season order.

"I wouldn't read too much into it," he assured. "A couple of things: One, we ordered 16 because we're going to start the show November 1st...after baseball."

Liguori, speaking yesterday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, said the net wanted to run all-new O.C. episodes together in a block, rather than have repeats scattered throughout the season. This tactic is also being used by ABC in an effort to shore up ratings for its serialized dramas, which don't fare well in repeats.

Liguori credited The O.C. with helping Fox on Thursdays, and said there are some good surprises planned this season.

"The O.C.'s ratings have been a bit challenged recently. I think the audience is loyal. Frankly, Thursday night has been a weak spot for us, and The O.C. has done well," he said. "I mean last year we were up 30 percent in that 9 p.m. time slot with The O.C.. Having heard [the planned] stories this year--[there are] a lot of stories to tell, and they're juicy, and they're good. Our bet is that The O.C. loyalists are going to be back."

The Fox network president echoed statements made by ABC president Stephen McPherson and NBC president Kevin Reilly when he said Thursdays this fall would be a big battleground.

"I'll be the third person to talk about the difficulties of Thursday night and the challenges of Thursday night," he said. "There's no doubt about it. Thursday night is going to be one monster, competitive night of television."

While admitting that the outlook for The O.C. isn't rosy, Liguori sounded a hopeful note about the future of the show and compared it to the network's own trajectory.

"It is a challenge, make no bones about it. But shows need to grow, you know, especially young shows. But the fact that they are leaving high school should be able to open it up to more of an 18-24 audience. In a microcosm, what's going on with The O.C. is somewhat analagous to what is going on with Fox--here we are consistently winning teens, consistently winning young adults, now we are starting to win 18-49."

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he's so full of B.S.
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This season is far more interesting than the last one(at least it seems like that for me).The ratings are lower because the showed the episodes on the net first.The rating will go up!
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hello, I am a devoted fan of The OC. Okay, I would really like the show to make it to season 5! because atleast 5 seasons sounds a lot better then 4. The new season is obviously darker and the pissed off Ryan is hot...but he's also bugging me because he's going to have the chino attiude again. I cry everytime Julie keeps her emotions about Marissa and without marissa I think the show might do alright....even though marissa was the drama!. My point is...Buffy The vampire slayer never got good ratings or was a hit with critics...but it stayed on air for 7 years!..and that is because of loyal fans who tuned in every weekend. The same thing could happen for the oc.
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hello, I am a devoted fan of The OC. Okay, I would really like the show to make it to season 5! because atleast 5 seasons sounds a lot better then 4. The new season is obviously darker and the pissed off Ryan is hot...but he's also bugging me because he's going to have the chino attiude again. I cry everytime Julie keeps her emotions about Marissa and without marissa I think the show might do alright....even though marissa was the drama!. My point is...Buffy The vampire slayer never got good ratings or was a hit with critics...but it stayed on air for 7 years!..and that is because of loyal fans who tuned in every weekend. The same thing could happen for the oc.
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heya this is my fave programme in the whole entire world just to let u no that adam brody is my god nd always will b!!!!!!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
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if marissa dies. im done w/ this show. its stupid to get rid of such a big character.
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I believe that FOX are excited about the prospect of getting more shows on the air. And i'm sure they're just as excited with The O.C. as all og you watchers incl. me. But I don't believe that the show has much more time on the air.. I've just gotten interested in the series a while back and seen all of them in a short period of time.. and i realised something, that i hope others will be able to agreed with.. The first season was absolutely the best, getting us all in to their lives and showing us who these people are.. But I have to admit, as the show goes on, all it's really based on are lies. The 3. season showed that all the way through, every small thing became a lie, and everybody just got into bigger problems because none of them toll the truth. There was a moment when Summer got into Brown and Seth didn't, that was it for me, I mean, the truth would have gotten him further and would'nt have hurt anybody, but i know why he lied, but he would have gone off better telling the truth for once.. I also think that it's getting too dramatic. i mean every episode something insane happens, and i think it's getting a bit overwhelming. nobody can have so many problems, not possible. but i still enjoy the show but i think they need to take it down, just a level. btw. Don't think Marissa's getting back guys, it's a great loss, but I think the last episode (which i believe was a beautiful episode Marissa, Ryan and the song 'Hallelujah' in the end) showed that this is the last of her, and her and Ryan where never to be either.. But I could as easily expect her getting back. but think she's had her chances..
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I am still counting on Marissa not being dead. They wouldn't just cut out one of the leading lady's, in my opinion. If she is gone, I am curious about how the show will cope with such a loss. I think The O.C. is not complete without her.
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I am still counting on Marissa not being dead. They wouldn't just cut out one of the leading lady's, in my opinion. If she is gone, I am curious about how the show will cope with such a loss. I think The O.C. is not complete without her.
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I just can't get around how fox basically sacrificed the show. Its one of the top fox shows ( which are few to come by) and they put it up against C.S.I???? Now they have Grey's Anatomy to contend with which Im sure will hurt a lot more than C.S.I. did. Just put on some reality crap on Thursday and move The OC back to a spot where it can keep its viewers.
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They need to move back to the light-hearted japes around the middle of the first season. Cohen-style breakfast banter in the Cooper household would not go amiss. They should respect Marissa and deal with how her death affects everyone, but it doesn't need to get bogged down in melodrama or nostalgia. This show needs to look forward to survive.
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same here- i want to see how the show carries on without her
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It's been going downhill for quite awhile...Cancel it already!
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I hope Marissa comes back. It's stupid if she would be dead. They'll be crying for the whole season.
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True OC fans are hoping that now that Marissa is gone, it will clear the path for better storylines. No more whiny poor me Marissa Cooper. Let's move on to bigger and better things!
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I like The OC, but it is going to be tough for it to go up against Grey's Anatomy in the 9pm time slot on Thursday next year.
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I love The OC, and I thought people were being real ingrates by not tuning in for it last year!



Awesome stories, characters and writing. Marry me, Summer Roberts.
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I will keep watching but I have to agree One Tree Hill is MUCH better!
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One Tree Hill is better, no, Much better!!!
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It's crap, cancel it already.
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"Having heard [the planned] stories this year--[there are] a lot of stories to tell, and they're juicy, and they're good. Our bet is that The O.C. loyalists are going to be back."



Man, does he sound like he's selling it or what?! With a show like this (like Lost) when someone tunes out. It's for good. I don't they'll be coming back mate!
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Same here...though I have no idea when it'll be playing over here, or if it even does (I'm on a military base in Germany, so I have to watch AFN to get american shows...and they only show the most popular ones)
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That would be stupid, we all now Marissa is dead. That would completely ruin the show to bring Marissa back, yeah back as what?...a ghost. How Stupid! Yeah it's depressing, but just get over it!
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I just hope its better than the 3rd season, that was painful
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Just to let you know marissa is defenietly dead
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Hopefully Marissa will be alive.

This article definitley lifts my hopes about the future of The O.C.
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Totally agree!
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I will be back if for no other reason than to see how the dead marissa thing plays out

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