The O.C. is an American television dramedy/soap opera
program broadcast on the Fox Network in the USA and on various networks
around the world. O.C. stands for Orange County,
California. The series, created by Josh Schwartz, debuted on August
5, 2003, with the tagline, "The best new show of the fall is coming
this summer." The show's third season originally aired in the US
on Thursday nights at 8/7c PM, the same timeslot it held in the second
season, before moving to 9/8c PM in January 2006. The series has been
noted for its music selections, which have helped some previously little-known
bands gain a certain level of fame (exposure at the least), so much
so that to date, the producers have released five compilation albums
featuring highlighted performers. The show has been criticized by some
Orange County residents who feel that the show misrepresents their community.
To date it has aired in over 35 countries worldwide.
Peter Gallagher plays Sandy Cohen, a good-natured lawyer
and former public defender who brings Ryan Atwood to his home. He is
currently the CEO of the Newport Group.
Kelly Rowan plays Kirsten Cohen, The wife
of Sandy Cohen and the mother of Seth Cohen and former CFO of her late
father's real estate company and has an off and on alcohol problem.
Benjamin McKenzie plays Ryan Atwood, an outsider from Chino, California
who is brought to live with the Cohen family in Newport. He has an on/off
relationship with Marissa.
Adam Brody plays Seth Cohen, the only child of Sandy and Kirsten. Seth
is a stereotypical nerd who is known for his quick quips and popular
Mischa Barton plays Marissa Cooper, a local teenage girl whose once-seemingly-charmed
life has many problems (online gaming, her dysfunctional family, her
romantic relationships, and exploring her well being among them).
Melinda Clarke plays Marissa's vain
and scheming mother Julie Cooper (formerly Julie Cooper-Nichol), who
was married to financial planner
Jimmy Cooper in the beginning of the series. After learning that he
stole a large sum of money from clients, she eventually divorced Jimmy
and married Caleb Nichol. After Caleb's death, Julie showed signs of
wanting to reconcile with Jimmy. However, she eventually lost everything
when it was discovered Caleb was broke at the time of his death. Part
of the fallout included being evicted from the mansion where she had
been living; living in a condominium purchased for her under questionable
circumstances and living in a trailer park. An underlying motivation
in Julie's actions comes from her effort to keep all aspects of her
life far from a humble past in the decidedly less fashionable community
of Riverside. By extension, she struggles to keep her daughter Marissa
away from Ryan, whose own background in Chino is as far removed from
Newport as is Julie's.
Rachel Bilson plays Summer Roberts, the strong-willed socialite of the
four main teen characters — the love interest of Seth, and best
friend to Marissa.
Willa Holland as Kaitlin Cooper, Marissa's younger sister who was off
at boarding school but has now come back to visit.
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