Why was the O.C. cancelled?

The O.C. was cancelled for a few reasons:


1.Josh Schwartz, the producer & creator of the show believed it was a good time for the show to end.


2. The show's ratings went down more & more by the season and had "only" 4 million viewers by its last season.


3. The hit T.V. show "Grey's Anatomy" appeared at the exact same day and time, which was why a lot of people didn't watch.


I think that when they decided Marissa's death, the show didnt't have any more meat, as for most of us, whether we liked her or not, we must admit she was really a basic character.

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Aug 28, 2008 1:20PM EDT

Great post!
I think killing off Marissa was a terrible idea. I still enjoyed the show after that, and I guess it's good to add that extra dramatic edge that the show will allow things like that to happen, but it just wasn't the same show we knew and loved after that.

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Aug 28, 2008 2:40PM EDT

I agree with you Kendra, I quit watching it and started watching Grey's once Marissa died.

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Aug 28, 2008 4:38PM EDT

Think you summed it up, Nago!Truthfully, the OC never regained the awesomeness of the first half of the first season.It was like Josh Schwartz compacted all of his best ideas into the first 16 or so episodes. The second season was watchable, the third - *gulp* - and the 4th actually I thought did a decent job of improving upon the third, but the show had already lost all of its viewers.

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Aug 28, 2008 5:46PM EDT

"I think killing off Marissa was a terrible idea"
In fairness I don't think they would ever have written that into the storyline if it wasn't for Mischa Barton wanting to get out.. Of course it put the nail in the coffin, but it was all that Josh Schwartz could do, short of replacing the Marissa actor.. So we can just blame her for the OC being cancelled =P

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Sep 11, 2008 5:39PM EDT

"In fairness I don't think they would ever have written that into the storyline if it wasn't for Mischa Barton wanting to get out.. Of course it put the nail in the coffin, but it was all that Josh Schwartz could do, short of replacing the Marissa actor.. So we can just blame her for the OC being cancelled =P"
Actually Mischa Barton in a recent interview said that it was the writer's decision to kill Marissa off, and that she would have gladly stayed with the show.
I think the show just ran out of steam towards the end, the characters went through so much that I guess they just ran out of stories to tell. Also it would have been difficult continuing the show into a 5th season as the characters would definitely be heading off to college, with Summer in Brown and Ryan in Berkeley, it would be extremely difficult to keep the show going unless you were to make all the characters go to the same college.

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Sep 15, 2008 4:20AM EDT

Mischa Barton didn´t wont to be in the show. thats why she died.

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Oct 10, 2008 10:15AM EDT

I always thought they killed off Misha Barton because she was so difficult to work with. Plus in real life she was a mess during the second/third season.

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Oct 13, 2008 7:38PM EDT

OC rules..
for those of the people who said..it sucks..u just don't know how to watch a good tv show
and kiling marissa is a terrible idea but..if they didn't kill marissa..ryan wouldn't have been funny or cute with taylor..
he changed in some way for taylor...
'and im a big fan of cohen and summer..so this show doesn't only show love whatever teen..but family problems occurs..
btw..i miss the cohen family.

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Dec 9, 2008 10:29AM EST

i couldn't wait till the next episode, i loved Marrisa and thought it was a shame they killed her off. Of course in the UK we have to wait ages for these programs to arrive from the states.

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Dec 28, 2008 8:17PM EST

i loved the oc. and killing marissa was not a good idea :/i miss the oc, it was the one thing i looked forward to watch on tv (:maybe it'll start again? haha, i hope so.

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Jan 15, 2009 9:30PM EST

I LOVED THE SHOW , bit it started running our of steam(ideas) the only thing that wasnt getting boring was the cohen family, they should come up with a new show just about the cohens and call it the "The Cohen Family" du du du du clik clik , du du du du clik clik , du du du du, du du du du, du du du du, du du du du clik clik ! :D

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Jan 19, 2009 8:55AM EST

PLEASSE SIGN FOR A SPIN OFF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Jun 19, 2010 7:58AM EDT

The fact of the matter is that they put WAYYY to much plot in the first 2 season that when it the 3rd n 4th just couldnt compare. Josh Schwartz also made the big mistake of elminatng the main character at the very end of season 3 which is funny becuase if you have been keeping up with gossip girl which he i belive co produces he makes it appear to kill another character in the exact same spot. lets hope not. taking off main characters never works. another example not by Schwartz tho. Payton and Lucus on one tree hill that show is sinking bad. and i know this is random but anyone second that its time to get rid of degrassi? lol

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