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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JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

I rarely watch TV, but I've seen maybe 60% or 70% of the episodes, mostly in the middle of the run...The O.C. was much better than you might think it was.  Like some of the classic nighttime serials (e.g. Dallas), it was elevated by some good acting (and casting), and tight, snappy writing.  


The best part: Sandy's father-in-law/Kirsten's father was the head of the fictional "Newport Group," which without question was derived from The Irvine Company.  If I recall correctly, the Newport Group was incredibly powerful, and at least sometimes cutthroat...so yeah, the writers did a great job...LOL.  


The actor who played Donald Bren -- I mean, Kirsten's dad -- was excellent, btw.  Not many people know he was a New Zealander, playing a throaty, pinstriped-suit American. 

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@JBinOC It hooked me for 2-3 seasons, too. I believe I read the show caught heat from The Irvine Co. I'm next to positive I'm not imagining that; anyone out there have a link for confirmation? For another fine pop culture portrayal of Bren (in a film not as snappily written as The O.C.), check out 1994's "The Chase," which stars Charlie Sheen, has Henry Rollins playing a cop and includes Flea and Anthony Kiedis as redneck truckers! Just imagine if Bren's daughter was kidnapped ...

JBinOC
JBinOC topcommenter

@MatthewTCoker @JBinOC  

I give Josh Schwartz or whomever and FOX Standards and Practices a lot of credit for green-lighting the name "Newport Group," which is about as close as you can get to "The Irvine Company" [whose HQ, despite the name, are in Newport] as can be!!  

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@JBinOC@MatthewTCokerIt always bugged me that Seth's mom Kirsten shopped at Talbots and she and hubby Sandy liked to dine at The Arches. Those seemed like places their parents would frequent.

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