A Less Sweet 16 for 'The O.C.'
The network confirmed Wednesday that it's ordered only 16 episodes of the show for the 2006-07 season, as first reported by Variety. A typical full-season order for a series is 22 episodes.
Typical for most shows, that is. Through its first three seasons, "The O.C." never shot fewer than 24 episodes; last year the count was 25.
A FOX spokesperson says that while the current order for "The O.C." is 16 episodes, there's a chance the network could add more installments if it chooses. Even with a late start -- the show is scheduled to premiere Nov. 2 -- 16 episodes would mean either an early end to the season or a sizable break somewhere at midseason.
"The O.C." will be making some fairly significant on-screen changes in the coming season.
The series will also be facing a more competitive landscape in its 9 p.m. Thursday timeslot. It will have to face two of the most popular dramas on TV,