"Premiere" is the series premiere of the television series The O.C.,
which first aired on the Fox network on August 5, 2003. Written by
series creator Josh Schwartz and directed by executive producer Doug
Liman, the episode depicts the introduction of troubled teenager Ryan
Atwood (Benjamin McKenzie) into the wealthy lifestyle of the Cohen
family in Newport Beach, Orange County, California. The casting
directors, Patrick J. Rush and Alyson Silverberg, began selecting the
principal cast eight to ten weeks before filming started. Seth Cohen
(Adam Brody) was based on Schwartz's experiences at the University of
Southern California as a "neurotic Jewish kid from the East Coast in a
land of water polo players". Other central characters in the episode
are Seth's parents—Sandy (Peter Gallagher) and Kirsten (Kelly
Rowan)—and teenage neighbor Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton). The series
premiere led the first half-hour of its time slot in viewership. It was
generally well received by critics, and earned Schwartz a Writers Guild
of America Award nomination for Best Screenplay in an Episodic Drama.
Originally broadcast and released in a 1.33:1 aspect ratio, the episode
was remastered in a widescreen ratio for the series DVD, released in
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Today's selected anniversaries:
King Penda of Mercia defeated and killed King Oswald of Northumbria at
the Battle of Maserfield, traditionally believed to have been fought in
Oswestry, Shropshire, England.
Explorer Humphrey Gilbert established the first English colony in North
America at what is now St. John's, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
American businessman and financier Cyrus West Field and his colleagues
completed the first transatlantic telegraph cable.
Actress and model Marilyn Monroe was found dead in her home in
Brentwood, Los Angeles, an event that has become the center of one of
the most debated conspiracy theories.
A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside the lobby of the JW
Marriott Hotel in Setiabudi, South Jakarta, Indonesia, killing twelve
people and injuring 150.
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Wikiquote quote of the day:
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us as a living force — they take hold of us, compel us, and nobody
ever, not even in ages to come, will appear to refute them.