The O.C. may be over, but the show's creator is still alive and kicking. Yesterday, as Fox was canceling the SoCal teen drama, CW picked up Schwartz's pilot Gossip Girl. The day before, NBC picked up his pilot for Crumbs.
Gossip Girl, green-lit in August, will be the CW's first scripted pilot. The show, based on a series of books of the same name, will revolve around the world of New York teens and their parents. The stories will be told from the vantage point of an unnamed blogger.
"It speaks to the culture that we live in now and the way that kids communicate," Schwartz told Variety.
Action-drama Crumbs follows a man who has downloaded the entire CIA database into his head.
Both pilots will be produced by Warner Bros. TV, where Schwartz has a seven figure production deal. Warner Bros. TV also produced The ...Read more
Newport Beach's day in the sun--make that the proverbial sun--is about to come to a close.
The OC, the Fox show that chronicled life among a group of teenage friends in the Orange County locale, will end after its February 22 episode, the network said late today.
"This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close," show creator Josh Schwartz said in a statement. "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 OC has meant something. For that we are grateful."
Fox is set to air new episodes of the show every Thursday starting tomorrow, with ...Read more
Charlie's Angels director McG will direct and executive-produce the new NBC drama pilot from the creator of Fox's The O.C..
Chuck is described as an action-comedy-drama about spies and 20-somethings in the vein of Grosse Pointe Blank.
It comes from Josh Schwartz, who created The O.C. and executive-produces the soon-to-end soap with McG, aka Joseph McGinty Nichol. Schwartz wrote the Chuck script with Chris Fedak.
In one of the final rounds of drama-pilot pickups this development season, CBS picked up Los Duques, while the CW gave the green light to Reaper and Gravity.
Duques is a soapy drama about a multigenerational Latin American family in the rum business.
Reaper is a comedic drama about a 21-year-old slacker who becomes the devil's bounty hunter, retrieving souls escaped from hell.
Gravity will chronicle in a cinema verite ...Read more
Six relative newcomers have enrolled in the Comedy Central pilot Not Another High School Show, a spoof of teen TV dramas.
Rachel Specter, Brendan Miller, Anna Osceola, John Keefe, Jeffrey Christopher Todd, and Jocelin Donahue compose the ensemble cast of the project, which will target shows such as Dawson's Creek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The O.C.
It's understood that the producers wanted to cast fresh faces in the roles of the archetypal teen characters. The pilot begins shooting Saturday in Los Angeles.
Specter's credits include HBO's Entourage and Nickelodeon's Drake & Josh. Miller appeared in the comedy feature Accepted, and Osceola in the indie film The Wedding Project. Keefe's credits include ABC's The Practice and Fox's The Inside. Todd's credits include HBO's The Sopranos. Donahue starred ...Read more
The fledgling CW network is developing a drama based on the popular Gossip Girl books about privileged teenagers attending elite private schools in New York City.
Since the first book in the series was published in 2002, the Gossip Girl novels have consistently ranked highly on New York Times' best-seller list. The most recent book, number nine in the series, was released in May.
The CW, which launches this fall from the ashes of the defunct WB and UPN networks, has committed to a pilot that will be developed by Josh Schwartz, the creator and executive producer of Fox's teen soap The O.C.
Two years ago, Lindsay Lohan was attached to star in a feature adaptation that would have been written by Gilmore Girls creator Amy Sherman-Palladino
"The books are a soap opera, and TV makes a ...Read more
In a serious bout of stunt-casting, Star Wars creator George Lucas is appearing on The O.C.. He plays himself.
In the episode, Lucas expresses interest in a graphic novel created by one of the characters, Seth (played by Adam Brody). Seth is forced to choose between taking his girlfriend to the prom and schmoozing with the pop -culture god.
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith is set to open globally on May 19. No word on whether Seth berates Lucas for creating Jar-Jar Binks.