Several years ago one couldn’t escape the buzz over “The O.C.”, the new hip prime time soap drama that broke through into the mainstream where “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Melrose Place” had trodden successfully in the nineties.
Unlike those shows however, the Fox series had a much shorter half life and after a stellar first year run began getting criticism in its second season.
By the third it had impacted the ratings significantly, so much so Fox cut down the fourth
season from an order of 25 to 16 episodes.
Now, in a statement from its creator Josh Schwartz, the show is confirmed to be finishing up next month.
The remaining eight episodes will run uninterrupted every Thursday starting today through to February 22nd.
The move comes as slightly surprising as creatively the show has apparently picked up significantly this season, sadly though the ratings have not reflected the change.
Schwartz though will be keeping busy having just inked a new three-year overall deal with Warner Bros. Television and was given two pilot orders in the past two days.