Series creator Josh Schwartz was only 26—the youngest showrunner in network television at the time—and had never produced a TV show.
The cast was filled largely with unknowns, and whatever momentum the show did generate in the early going would be stymied by the Fox network’s baseball-playoff schedule. Suffice it to say, the deck was not stacked in ‘s favor.
premiered in August of 2003, there was little to suggest it would grow into the pop culture phenomenon that it became during its first season.
Summer shows were considered little more than schedule-filler.
' In the network's defense, the character of Seth may have been a little bit more annoying than he ended up being ultimately, but it was a bit harsh." The OC Was Just as Dramatic Behind the Scenes - ELLE.com" data-pin-url=" data-pin-media=" data-img320=" data-img320-w = "480" data-img320-h = "348" data-cut=320 data-zoom=" src="//ell.h-cdn.co/assets/elle/20170803143417/images/blank.png" data-src=" alt="Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson" data-img480=" data-img480-w = "640" data-img480-h = "463" data-img640=" data-img640-w = "640" data-img640-h = "463" data-img768=" data-img768-w = "768" data-img768-h = "556" data-img980=" data-img980-w = "640" data-img980-h = "463" data-img1024=" data-img1024-w = "768" data-img1024-h = "556" nopin="nopin" /When I ask what kind of fan mail she receives, Barton says, "It's fascinating the stories you'll get." For example?
In a weary, singsong voice, she says, "Like, 'I was in the war and my leg got cut off and I'm in the hospital.
"I miss the original 90210, actually," he quipped."I think ultimately it was a comforting show for people, and I hope it did more of that than reinforce any negative stereotypes or whatnot," he said of his character, Seth Cohen.
The 34-year-old hunk also was asked if he still stays in contacts with former costars Rachel Bilson, Benjamin Mc Kenzie or Mischa Barton."I do still keep in contact with Ben, but I bully the s**t out of him," he later added.As for what it was like kissing Bilson, his onscreen (and off-screen) girlfriend, Brody dished, "One of the all time greats! Seth Cohen (Brody) transitions from friendless high-school outcast to dating the girl of his dreams.Even an unfortunate encounter with a menacing Las Vegas pimp could have a happy ending.Brody is now married to Leighton Meester, a different brunette who also has an amazing bone structure; Bilson and her partner, Hayden Christensen, have been together since 2007.