The Sun Sets on THE O.C. (officially!)

The story that theTVaddict.com broke hours ago has been officially confirmed by FOX. According to their just released press release:

The sun will set for the last time on THE O.C. when the series ends its four-season run Thursday, Feb. 22 (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. The countdown has begun, with all-original episodes airing from Thursday, Jan. 4 through the last episode on Feb. 22.

THE O.C. stars Peter Gallagher (Sandy Cohen), Kelly Rowan (Kirsten Cohen), Benjamin McKenzie (Ryan Atwood), Adam Brody (Seth Cohen), Melinda Clarke (Julie Cooper), Rachel Bilson (Summer Roberts), Autumn Reeser (Taylor Townsend) and Willa Holland (Autumn Reeser).

Set in Orange County, California, THE O.C. premiered in August 2003. It follows a group of friends and families whose lives were changed by the arrival of an outsider – Ryan Atwood – to their ocean-side community of Newport Beach.

THE O.C. revived the teen drama genre while including humorous and heartfelt adult storylines. Shortly after its summer premiere, THE O.C. was a pop culture phenomenon – its actors are household names and its indie music (and subsequent six soundtracks) and hip California wardrobe are sought-after in stores. The show’s Newport Beach locale also has become a popular tourist attraction as fans visit the real locations featured in their favorite episodes.

“THE O.C. Season Four finale will also be the series finale. This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close,” said Josh Schwartz, creator and executive producer of THE O.C. “Thanks to the hard work of our cast, crew and writers, we have enjoyed our best season yet, and what better time to go out than creatively on top. It has been an amazing experience and a great run. For a certain audience, at a certain time, THE O.C. has meant something. For that we are grateful.”

From Wonderland Sound and Vision and College Hill Pictures and in association with Warner Bros. Television Production, THE O.C. is executive-produced by Josh Schwartz, Bob DeLaurentis, Stephanie Savage and McG. Ian Toynton and John Stevens are co-executive producers.

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  • Jenny

    So sad. 🙁 Best season BY FAR since season 1. Maybe the CW will pick it up? LOL

  • I’m confused. Why are they cancelling it when it’s just getting better? Was it regaining critical acclaim but not the ratings to prove it?

    This is bad news. I really feel they improved this season, and I was enjoying the Marissa-free storylines.

  • Jenny

    Yeah, the ratings weren’t very good this season, which astounds me, since it’s back to Season 1 level of show. And I am enjoying the Marissa-free episodes, too! 😀

  • SAMBO

    OMG I CAN’T BELIVE IT…. i belive that this season is best so far and i carnt belive that they r just going to through it away like that….

    I am very sad to hear about this facter

  • It seems like fox has a bad habit of canceling good shows. I was just really starting to get in to it, but hey it was good while it last.

  • I hate FOX, why The OC?? The OC is my life 🙁

  • Julie

    This is the worst news!!! Why is the show ending?

  • Autumn

    JENNY YOU AND YOUR COMMENT SUCK ASS! The o.c. rocks, what the hell were you thinking of fox? First you make a piss poor decision in kicking marissa off, then you run summer and seth relationship to the ground, turn julie into a whore, NO WONDER YOU RAN OUT OF PLOTS! You guys are out of control cancelling all the BEST DAMN SHOWS IN AMERICA!!! SCREW FOX 10

  • Willy

    I think FOX really needs to re-think this whole cancelling the O.C. It is one of the only good shows on FOX at this time and the most recent episodes has been the best by far. It has turned over a new leaf without Marissa on the show. In other words a lot better! It should continue! I think that FOX is extremely stupid for cancelling it, it is one of the most popular shows that everyone watches.

  • tcgc

    The o.c. jumped the shark a long time ago and even though they have done relatively well this year the time is up for this show before it becomes over cliched.

  • Panic’s Chik

    OMG!!!!! THEY SOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CAN NOT CANCELL THE O.C!!!!!!!!!!! IT’S ONE OF THE MOST POPULAR/BEST SHOWS EVA!!!!!!! IF THEY CANCELL THIS THAN THEY WON’T HAVE ALOT OF SUPPORTERS AND FANS!!!!!!!!
    AND BY THE WAY IT SUX THAT MARISSA DIED! SHE WAS RYAN’S ONLY TRUE LOVE AND NOW HE’S SCREWED UP EVEN WORSE THAN HIS FAMILY!

  • Stephanie

    WHEN I HEARD THIS NEWS I CRIED! I KNOW THAT SOUNDS DUMB BUT ALL YOU O.C FANATICS LIKE ME CAN UNDERSTAND THIS…. AND YEAH FOX IS INCREDIBLY STUPID FOR CANCELLING IT I MEAN COME ON THIS IS THE BEST SHOW ON THAT STATION AND ONCE ITS GONE THEYRE GONNA GET LESS RATINGS THAN THEY THOUGHT THEY GOT WITH IT ON! AND I AGREE WITH AUTUMN FOX SUCKS NOW!
    AND FOR ALL THE MARISSA HATERS YEAH SHE WAS ANNOYING AT TIES BUT STILL THATS WHAT MAKES THE SHOW THE O.C. THIS IS AN OUTRAGE IM DONE WITH FOX

  • Patrick

    Well, Ofcourse I got sad when I read this… But it’s for the best of the show. And all you who thinks FOX sucks, stop beein such asses. Its just a TV-show, wich I know many of you love etc.. But to be such childish for this is just stupid 🙂 Think positive, now the cast of The O.C can move on with their lives. Becuase it feels like they got stuck in beein “Ryan, Seth, Sandy” etc, and its good if they can do something more than just The O.C. They dont wanna be known for The O.C their whole life? especilly Ben, seth and rachel, they are only 25-30 years 🙂

    Well the last episode was good and I miss it already! I love the look-back in the last episode, wich almost made me cry ;/

    Take care! / Patrick – OC-fan from Sweden.

  • AGUANTE THE OC Y AGUANTE EL TOMBAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    YO DANIEL