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Hit noughties drama The O.C. might be making a comeback - and this is making all our teenage dreams come true!
The teen drama, starring Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie as on-off couple Marissa Cooper and Ryan Atwood, could be getting a revival, and it's fair to say we're excited about this news.
According to Deux Moi, an infamous and anonymous source of Hollywood gossip on Instagram, HBO Max (aka the same people behind Gossip Girl's recent reboot) has plans to revive the show.
But rather than a whole new reboot, with a new cast, Deux Moi, who shared an email from an anonymous source, said that HBO want some of the original O.C. characters to return and, yep, you heard that right, Ryan, Seth and Summer could return.
It's unlikely that Marissa will return, however, since the character was killed off at the end of the third season. Sob!
The source told Deux Moi: "The idea of a reboot was off the table for most of the past decade mainly bc Ben McKenzie (Ryan) & Willa Holland (Marissa's little sister Kaitlin) had series-regular roles in shows filming far out of town (NYC/Vancouver), and Josh Schwartz (creator/showrunner) didn't think it could 'work' w/o Ryan in particular (esp. since the show never really recovered after Marissa was killed off."
There's a possible plot in the works too, according to the source.
"There's also already a rough sketch circulating of where the show would pick up; Seth & Summer, more or less happily married in Newport and living in their old 'hood (actually filmed in Malibu but nvm lol), with their kid(s)-could be one or two-starting out as freshmen at Harbor.
"Obviously lots of plot possibilities from there: the original show didn't shy away from serious issues, and this would be a great way to delve into broader issues of classism (obv a core aspect w/Ryan starting out) and racism (in hindsight the show's kinda blindingly white, so likely a given that the 'new kids would include quite a few more POC). Also helpful in this case that Adam & Rachel were older than their characters, and could believably play 40ish parents with a 15-year-old(ish) kid."
Though it's important to note that these are JUST rumours at the moment, Rachel Bilson, who played Summer in the show, recently shared a photo on Instagram of her and former O.C. actress Melinda Clarke, who played Julie Cooper.
Could this be a tease for an upcoming return of the show? We really hope so.
All four seasons of The O.C. are currently streaming on All 4.
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