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The fourth and final season of The O.C., an American teen drama television series, aired in the United States from November 2, 2006, to February 22, 2007, and consisted of 16 episodes. The O.C's final season aired Thursdays at 9:00 p.m. ET in the United States on Fox, a terrestrial television network. Fox tested a new timeslot by airing the second episode on Wednesday at 9:00 p.m. ET against ABC's Lost and CBS's Criminal Minds. With Lost about to enter a three-month hiatus, Fox hoped that changing the timeslot for The O.C. would attract back viewers it had lost since the end of the previous season; however, the move was unsuccessful and the show returned to its Thursday timeslot.
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The season was released on DVD as a five-disc boxed set under the title The O.C.: The Complete Fourth Season on May 22, 2007, by Warner Bros. Home Video. The season was also made available in the American versions of Zune and iTunes Store. Before the season premiered on television, it was available through on demand streaming. In the US, streaming was available from October 26, 2006, at 3:01 a.m. ET onwards, through Fox Interactive Media's MySpace and MyFoxLocal stations.
In Canada, the fourth season was simulcast on the terrestrial CTV Television Network. Additionally, as a result of an agreement between Warner Bros. and CTV, the first episode was available to be streamed from October 30, 2006, at 12:00 p.m. ET onwards, through the CTV Broadband Network. In the United Kingdom the season premiered on January 9, 2007, on E4, and in Australia it was broadcast by Network Ten on November 7, 2006, at 8:30 p.m. (local time).
The season was produced by Warner Bros. Television, College Hill Pictures and Wonderland Sound and Vision. The executive producers were Bob DeLaurentis, creator Josh Schwartz and Wonderland co-founders McG and Stephanie Savage. Ian Toynton and John Stephens served as co-executive producers. The staff writers were Schwartz, Savage, Stephens, J.J. Philbin, Leila Gerstein and Mark Fish. The regular directors throughout the season were Toynton, Michael Lange, Norman Buckley and Patrick Norris.
The fourth season had star billing for eight major roles. Rachel Bilson as Summer, Adam Brody as Seth, Melinda Clarke as Julie, Peter Gallagher as Sandy, Benjamin McKenzie as Ryan, and Kelly Rowan as Kirsten all returned to the main cast. Former main cast member Mischa Barton did not return because her character, Marissa, died in the third season finale. Autumn Reeser as recent high school graduate Taylor Townsend, and Willa Holland as Marissa's younger sister Kaitlin both joined the main cast, having previously held recurring roles. Other cast members returning in recurring roles include Cam Gigandet as Volchok, Erin Foster as Heather, Michael Nouri as Summer's father Dr. Neil Roberts, Paula Trickey as Taylor's mother Veronica, and Ashley Hartman who starred as Holly Fischer in the first season. Additionally former main cast member Tate Donovan returned as Jimmy Cooper in a non-canonical appearance.
Due to a combination of low ratings and the death of Marissa in season three, it was rumored that the show would not return for a fifth season. In June 2006, Fox confirmed that "the current order for The O.C. is 16 episodes", but added that there was a chance to add more installments. In September 2006, Rachel Bilson said that she felt "like the show is over", and co-star Kelly Rowan stated that many of the cast realized the show was close to being cancelled. Rowan said that "when [the fourth season] was picked up for just 16 episodes this year the cast had a feeling the end was near".On January 3, 2007, Fox announced that The O.C. was to be cancelled. In a statement, Schwartz said "This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close" adding that "what better time to go out than creatively on top". A campaign was launched to save the show and over half a million people signed an official petition at www.fox.com/oc/savetheoc. There were rumors that the show would be saved, and a move to The CW was mooted; however, The CW president Dawn Ostroff, whose company is partly owned by Warner Bros, confirmed in January 2007 that while the move was discussed, it was decided against.
Schwartz said that the cancellation of the show "was really creatively liberating, not worrying about ratings." Belinda Acosta of The Austin Chronicle agreed praising the show's "new energy" and its ability to successfully cover "the transition between high school and college that other series have stumbled over". Entertainment Weekly's Ken Tucker commented that the fourth season was "a succession of terrific subplots" and praised new main cast member Taylor "as a fine, funny love interest for Ryan". Greg Elwell of DVD Talk described Bullit as "the breakout character of the season" but commented that the seasons "dark opening (...) didn't do much to keep viewers around". IGN's Eric Goldman was also critical saying that "as amusing as Che was, his inclusion into some later episodes gets a bit tired". Goldman also commented that "the second half of Season 4 wasn't quite as solid as the first [half]"; however, he added that while the fourth season had to prove itself again as an enjoyable watch "Josh Schwartz rose to this challenge (...) once again creating a show that was witty and self-aware".
The DVD release of season four was released by Warner Bros. in the US on 22 May 2007 after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including unaired scenes, featurettes, and audio commentary on the series finale.
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The O.C. was an immensely popular teen drama, so why was the series cancelled after season 4? The series created by Josh Schwartz (Marvel's Runaways) debuted in August 2003 and ran until February 2007. Besides focusing on the lives of teenagers living in Orange County, California, the series was known for its stellar soundtrack full of up-and-coming bands.
Over the course of the four seasons, The O.C. aired a total of 92 episodes. When The O.C. began, it centered on a troubled teen, Ryan Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie), who had very few options at finding a stable home life. Ryan was then adopted by Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Kirsten Cohen (Kelly Rowan), a wealthy couple who had a teenage son of their own, Seth (Adam Brody). Ryan had a few issues adapting to the new lifestyle but as time went on, he found friends that he could trust. Ryan, Seth, Marissa (Mischa Barton), and Summer (Rachel Bilson) were the central characters of the series as they tackled the final years of high school.
The O.C. turned the central actors into superstars in the mid-2000s. The series was also well-received by viewers for the topics it focused on such as social class, drug addiction, anxiety, homophobia, and grief, among many others. After a tumultuous third season, The O.C. seemed to get back on track with season 4. Despite the hope for the future of the show, Fox announced in January 2007 that the current season would be the last.
The main reason behind The O.C.'s cancellation was the low ratings. The debut season of The O.C. did very well for Fox, averaging around 9.7 million viewers per episode. The numbers held steady even though the timeslot was switched from Tuesday to Wednesday. Season 2 featured another timeslot change, this time to Thursday nights, going up against popular series such as Survivor and Will & Grace. Viewership continued to dip so Fox moved The O.C. back an hour but that didn't help as it went against Grey's Anatomy and CSI, two more powerhouse dramas.
In The O.C.'s season 3 finale, Marissa was killed, ending Barton's time on the series. This turned away a lot of loyal viewers who felt that the storyline was too dramatic. It was clear that Fox was already losing hope in the series considering they ordered a shortened season 4. Schwartz was able to take a step back and get back to the more comedic elements that made the early seasons well-received. By that point, even the cast knew the end was near.
When it debuted, The O.C. was a near-perfect blend of comedy, melodrama, and teen angst. The show also burned through plot faster than anything on Fox in recent memory. With 27 episodes in its first season (including the seven that aired over the summer), The O.C. quickly covered a lot of ground. The only direction it could go was down, and by the middle of season 2, the writers seemed to be struggling to come up with new, engaging storylines. The quality of the story soon started to decline, and ratings dipped with each season as the show lost sight of what made it great.
Still crying over a fictional character's death from a movie you saw years ago? Grieving a canceled-too-soon show? We are, too. So with "I'm Still Not Over...," EW staffers pay tribute to something in the pop culture world they're, well, still not over. Below, Samantha Highfill mourns the death of Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) on the 15th anniversary of The O.C. season 3 finale.
When Ryan arrived in Newport in The O.C. pilot, he didn't know what to expect from a group of rich kids who spent their days planning massive social events and their nights drinking away their problems at their parents' beach houses. But from the moment Ryan first walked down the Cohens' driveway and saw Marissa, he knew he might just have a place in this world ... with her. As Ryan would go on to say in the third season, "Ever since I got here, she's always accepted me for who I am." 041b061a72