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‘The O.C.’ Will Not Be Streamed, Say Its Creators

Twenty years after the highly successful run of the teen drama, The O.C., it appears that its fans will not be able to view it on streaming services. In a recent interview with Deadline, the show’s creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage described their plans for the series.

According to Schwartz, it’s more likely that his Gossip Girl show would be streamed than The O.C. He was quoted as saying: “I think we’re not going to [stream The O.C.] You know, we were producers on this Gossip Girl reboot that ran for a couple of seasons on HBO Max.”

Schwartz added: “And I think The O.C. was really just kind of specific to these characters, and it feels like we made something, we’re really grateful that 20 years later, people are still watching the show and still want to talk about the show. And we’re just going to leave it right there.”

The O.C., which debuted in 2003 and ran for four seasons on Fox, starred Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowen, Ben McKenzie, Mischa Barton, and Adam Brody, among others. Focusing on the lives and loves of a group of teenagers in California’s Orange County, the series became a pop-culture phenomenon. Gossip Girl was aired in 121 episodes from 2007 to 2013. Starring Blake Lively, it narrated the story of a group of privileged students at a posh Manhattan girl’s school who were being stalked online by an anonymous blogger. It was based on a novel series by Cecily von Ziegesar.

Schwartz and Savage’s latest project is City on Fire, a limited series for Apple TV+ that premiered in May. Based on the 2015 novel by Garth Risk Hallberg originally set in the 1970s, the new Apple+ series turns its gaze on New York City after a hip clubster, Samantha Yeung (played by Chase Sui Wonders) is shot in Central Park. Yeung is revealed ed as a crucial link between the downtown club scene, a wealthy uptown real-estate family, and a series of mysterious fires that have been plaguing the city.

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Edward Moran
Edward Moran
Edward Moran began his journalistic career many decades ago as a theater and cinema reviewer for Show Business and the New York Theater Review. More recently he contributed film reviews to and Movie Sleuth. His writings have appeared in publications as diverse as the Times Literary Supplement, Publishers Weekly, the Paris Review, and the Massachusetts Review. Moran also edited a memoir by Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Christine Choy. He served as literary advisor to her film Hyam Plutzik: American Poet, which was the keynote film in the American Perspectives series at the 2007 Zebra Poetry Film Festival in Berlin.


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