Creator Josh Schwartz with 5 Quotes Welcoming Us Back 10 Years Later to The O.C., Bitch

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1) "I'm very inspired by '80s movies, and there's a Karate Kid element to that sequence. And I always thought it was funny when you'd ask kids where they were from and they'd say, "I'm from The O.C.," as if it was the LBC or something. So, to have this Abercrombie model drop that line on him as if he was entering some really gritty neighborhood felt funny. And I also wanted to get the words "The O.C." into the pilot somewhere."
--Josh Schwartz, creator of The O.C. nighttime soap that premiered on Fox on Aug. 5, 2003, on how the infamous line "Welcome to the O.C., bitch" came about.

For the 10th anniversary of the show's premiere, five more Schwartz nuggets from his recent interview at The Daily Beast:

2) "I was a huge fan of Freaks and Geeks and Undeclared. I didn't watch a lot of--ironically--teen dramas, and when we sold the show to Fox, they hadn't done a show like this since 90210, and so very early on it was always, "If Ryan is our Luke Perry, who's our Jason Priestley? It couldn't possibly be the comic book-loving nerd?" Once we cast Adam [Brody], they felt like he was cute for the girls, and we could make it work. Adam wasn't even on the original poster for the show."
-Schwartz on his inspiration for the show.

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