TV writer extraordinaire Alan Sepinwall has a nice feature interview with The OC‘s creator, Josh Schwartz, in today’s NJ Star-Ledger, just in time for tonight’s series finale. He reveals, among other things, that FOX originally wanted him to do a show about "extreme sports cops, ’21 Jump Street’-style." He countered with this pitch: "The Karate Kid, without the karate."
Schwartz is also quite forthcoming about where the show went wrong in humorless Season 3, including the debacles that were Jeri Ryan and Johnny. Personally I think naming a character "Johnny" dooms your straight off. There is also much talk about where it all went right again with Season 4: basically FOX just let them do what they wanted.
Perhaps most interestingly, Schwartz reels off his favorite musical moments from the show, in chronological order:
- "Honey and the Moon" – Joseph Arthur
- "Paint the Silence" – South
- "Orange Sky" – Alexi Murdoch
- "Dice" – Finley Quaye and Beth Orton
- "Hallelujah" – multiple artists in
- "Champagne Supernova" – matt pond PA
- "Fix You" – Coldplay
- "Hide and Seek" – Imogen Heap
- "Running Up That Hill" – Placebo
- "West Coast" – Jason Schwartzman
- "Life is a Song" – Patrick Park