The New Yorker he would like to meet the most is Woody Allen since Manhattan is his favorite movie of all time. He considers the Sex and the City tour buses to be the most overrated attraction in New York City.
The first stories Josh ever wrote when he was a kid were James Bond stories in his journals during summer camp. That, and his desire to tell stories of people in their 20's, was his inspiration for coming up with the show Chuck.
Josh went back to Wheeler School in 2005 to give a speech.
Josh found it increasingly hard to hire writers to write episodes of The O.C. that he chose not to write.
When The O.C. initially started, Josh would have Orange County residents complain to him about how they are portrayed in the show.
When The O.C. was in production, Josh would often have bands giving him their CD's so their music could be featured on the show.
Whilst Dawsons's Creek was on, Josh admitted to having a celebrity crush on Katie Holmes at times.
Josh won the "Nicholson Award in Screenwriting", but the title and the prize was later revoked after it was revealed that he was too young to enter.
Josh worked on Alphabet City and Athens, two dramas that was set to air on Fox, but neither were produced.
Josh is Jewish. He based The O.C. character, Seth Cohen, partly on his own Jewish upbringing.
Josh won an essay contest at a sleep-away camp when he was 7 years old. His essay was a review of the movie Gremlins.
In 2007, Josh developed a screenplay for a movie entitled Looking for Alaska.
Josh earned $1 million from the TV movie Brookfield.
Josh was nominated for a 2004 Writers Guild of America Award.
Josh is the son of Honey and Steve Schwartz, toy inventors/designers. They worked at Hasbro Toys in Rhode Island, until they started their own company. He has a younger brother and a younger sister.
Josh is an active member in both the Writers and Producers Guilds.
In The O.C., Josh has put some of his high school teachers in the show. Including a science teacher and dean from the Wheeler School.
Josh graduated from The Wheeler School in Providence. Josh graduated from USC School of Cinema-Television in 1999 where he was a part of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.
Josh: (on shooting in New York City) I always feel like an outsider here, so the show's a chance to romanticize this city. It's my own way of getting into this [unattainable] world.
Josh: You have to know what your story is and really try to stick to that. But it's also really valuable to hear people's response along the way – it's a balancing act, to balance the two.
Josh: (on the audience of "The O.C." and "Gossip Girl") I love writing for this audience. They're so passionate. When you're a teenager and you connect with something, you connect with it in such a profound way.
Josh: I love writing for the actor and tailoring the part for them and letting that evolve.
Josh: (on Marissa Cooper's death on "The O.C.") I don't know how many people outside of the industry knew [that Marissa was dying]. A lot of people were surprised. People had been speculating for a while that it was going to be her, so whether it mitigated the finale or whether it drove more people to watch it, I don't really know.
Josh: (on relating to the characters on "Gossip Girl") Things are tough all over. Hopefully, even if you're not from this world. And you know, I'm not from this world but I was still kind of drawn to it through the books. You know, we try to make it so that the issues that these kids have are universal regardless of where you grew up or how you grew up.
Josh: (on his new show, "Gossip Girl") It's really a sophisticated take on teenage life in terms of the lives that they lead. It's a heightened reality and I think it's also you know, reflective of some of the behaviors of going on out there.
Josh: Obviously, this is a cyclical industry where things are in and then people burn out on them. Right now we might be witnessing a little bit of that with maybe the procedural drama. Certainly there's got to be a little bit of reality show fatigue happening.
Josh: (on the most difficult aspect of being a producer) Staying creatively connected to what you're working on as you try and balance budgets, and schedules, and ratings and personalities.
Josh: [The O.C.] has been such a great thing for me and has been such an amazing experience.
Josh: (about "The O.C." and how the fans reaction changes it) So obviously fan reaction initially, while I hope they love the show, isn't going to be able to change any storylines in the immediate future.
Josh: (about when he first started appreciating music) I was in fourth grade, back in 1986 or '87, and I was at my first concert: Huey Lewis and the News at the Worcester Centrum. It's not the coolest story in the world. I was standing on my seat, on the tip of my feet, and Huey made like he had fake binoculars to scope out the audience. Then he pointed at me and said, 'This song is dedicated to that little guy right there'. It was 'The Power of Love.' That kicked it all off for me right there.
Josh: (on "The O.C." being canceled) This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close. Thanks to the hard work of our cast, crew and writers, we have enjoyed our best season yet, and what better time to go out than creatively on top. It has been an amazing experience and a great run. For a certain audience, at a certain time, The O.C. has meant something. For that we are grateful.
Josh: (on what's hot in "The O.C.") We're in the home stretch, like the last 10 episodes of the season when the show always kicks it up a notch.
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