The anticipated cancellation of "The OC" will bring an abrupt end to the teen soap's fourth season after it failed to reach the critical or ratings successes of its first two seasons. The show faced stiff competition from ABC on both of its time slots this season, going up against ABC's "Lost" on Wednesdays and ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" on Thursdays and often ranking fourth among adults 18-49.
"The OC" comes to a fitting creative end following the death of one of its major characters, played by Mischa Barton, at the end of last season and a dwindling amount of storylines. "This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close," creator Josh Schwartz said in a statement. "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 OC" has meant something. For that, we are grateful."
Trailed talk rivals
The "Megan Mullally Show," a daytime talk show hosted by the former "Will & Grace" star, had notably struggled all season to lure viewers from top daytime competitors "Rachael Ray" and "Regis and Kelly," and often trailed behind "The Greg Behrendt Show." The star did her part, appearing at last year's National Association of Television Program Executives conference in Las Vegas and creating fan initiatives for her website (meganshow.com), but it wasn't enough.
"We are very proud of the hard work and effort that our staff put into the production of this show. And our host, Megan Mullally, is truly one of the most talented people in our business," NBC Universal said in a statement. "We are grateful to have partnered with her on the show and are appreciative for her tireless commitment, effort and dedication to this endeavor."
Production on the show has halted immediately and will continue to air reruns and new episodes for the remainder of the month.