Thursday, January 04, 2007

The OC gets it

Fox has axed its one-time gem of youth culture as 'The O.C.' is canned after just four seasons, so long from 'The O.C.' beeyiatch.

There was a moment when this teen drama about a boy from the wrong side of the tracks who finds a home in the pool house of a rich family in Newport Beach, Orange County, was a must-see, hey even I couldn't help myself, but that moment has long since been and gone.

Fox has only ordered 16 episodes of the final season rather than the usual 22-plus.

According to series creator Josh Schwartz, the finale "will deliver real closure to the series, to the story we began telling four years ago. It will be fun and emotional and I think really satisfying. It is the finale we always planned to do."

That has to mean that someone ends up

A) Dead
B) Drunk
C) Pregnant
D) A combination of the above

This is what always happens to people in 'The O.C.', well that and the fact that a lot of people get punched as well: "welcome to the O.C., bitch".

When it launched it was the kind of runaway success that US TV does so well. It pulled in 10m in its first season, 2003-2004, and did well for Channel 4 and E4 in its time. But that 10m turned to 7m and the last season that is about to wrap has been pulling in around 4m.

Well miss the ideal, non-denominational season festival of Chrismukkah and as many references to 'Star Wars' as you can shake a stick at.

It's farewell to broody Ryan, played by Benjamin McKenzie, who was sort of eclipsed by co-stars Seth Cohen, played by Adam Brody. Of course, Mischa Barton’s Marissa Cooper paid the price already, her character got killed off with the earlier death by booze and cliff diving.

The final season is about to start on Channel 4 shortly, in which we can look forward to Ryan confronting the death of Marissa and… getting into cage fighting. Oh sharks have been jumped here.

On the plus side, the first couple of episodes of 'Ugly Betty' that I saw over Christmas were really very very good. It's very 'The Devil Wears Prada' and the general level of hell that working in glossy women's magazines must be. Its painful to watch to see America Ferrera's Betty in those horrendous clothes and braces but a lot of fun as well. All sharply observed, slickly written and bounds along at a suitable snappy pace. All of that and Ashley Jenson from 'Extras' is good again as initially the only friendly face in building.

Big laughs and outlandish plots and lots of skeletons in the closet what more could you ask for in January. Begins tonight on Channel 4.


At 4:17 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I watched the first ever episode of 'The OC' and quickly realised I was just watching 'Beverly Hills 90210' in Tommy Hilfiger-vision. Good riddance.

At 10:11 AM, Blogger Gordon said...

That's harsh, it was way funnier and much geekier.

At 2:48 PM, Anonymous where's the beef? said...

where are the proper stories. come on some media insight. you havent even mentioned this:

currently doing the rounds at every media agency.

thats the thing with this blog, all shite tv. there are more important things than page impressions, maybe some have realised that hence these stories have been confined to this so called blog. I'd say it was more of a blag

At 3:21 PM, Anonymous bobby davro said...

Nevermind that what about the news that the fonz is in panto with me?

Did I mention that I'm the real slim shady?

At 3:23 PM, Anonymous is russell brand jewish? said...

That YouTube thing was good. That blonde bird was fit. Shame I couldn't hear what they were saying- I daren't put the sound on in case the ad manager realises that I'm not doing any work.

At 3:29 PM, Anonymous roger more? said...

It is with much sadness that I must report that Summer and Smoke, the West End Smash Hit starring Rosamund Pike has had to close. Not unlike Smash Hits magazine once that Kate X Factor Thornton had got her transvestite hands on it.

Rosamund was said to be devastated by the premature finish but commented that she was used to that sort of thing now she was going out with that guy who directed Pride and Prejudice. Did you know his parents were puppeteers and he failed all his A levels? If that were my kid I'd have tried to get him into university by pulling a few strings.


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