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Script Coverage – THE OC STORY REPORT Title: THE OC

Submitted By: Creative Artists

Agency Form: Teleplay (55 pp)

Submitted To:

Author: Jason Shwartz

Date: August 1, 2008

Genre: Youth Drama/Ensemble

Reader: Chelsea Pearsall LOG LINE

A troubled adolescent is taken in by a rich, white family in Newport Beach, California, and finds himself drawn in to the affluent lifestyle. SYNOPSIS The troubled, sixteen year old RYAN ATWOOD leaves his no-good role model brother, TREY ATWOOD, 25, and his abusive, alcoholic mother, DAWN ATWOOD, behind in Chino City, California. After getting into some trouble with his older brother, which could result in a felony conviction, Ryan’s public defender SANDY COHEN recognizes Ryan is a good kid at heart with potential. He takes a special interest in his new client. After witnessing Dawn’s drunkenness and her negative interaction towards Ryan, Sandy gives Ryan his business card and tells him to call if he ever needs anything. Ryan pockets the card and leaves with his outraged, drunken mother. Back at home things quickly go sour and Dawn kicks Ryan out of the house. Ryan has no place to go and as a last resort, decides to give Sandy a call. On a dark night, Ryan waits nervously on a curb with a skateboard and his belongings in hand. Sandy shows up in a new


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Mercedes to pick him up. Before Sandy lets Ryan into his home, he goes inside to tell KIRSTEN COHEN, Sandy’s beautiful wife, about Ryan. Kirsten is outraged that Sandy would bring a possible felon home. Meanwhile, Ryan meets the Cohen’s neighbor MARISSA COOPER, who is sixteen and gorgeous. The two get into a conversation but Ryan appears awkward. He does not know how to impress a girl like Marissa Cooper. Marissa leaves with her boyfriend and Sandy comes out to bring Ryan inside. Kirsten, with a hesitant, yet warm heart, welcomes Ryan into their elaborate home. Ryan stays in a guesthouse and is impressed with the elegance of the place, the clean towels, seashell soap bars and silk bed sheets. Ryan meets their son SETH COHEN, a sixteen-year-old teenager who is socially awkward and incredibly sheltered. Seth shows Ryan around Newport in his sailboat and tells Ryan about his long time love, SUMMER. Summer is Marissa’s best friend. She is wild, beautiful and has no idea that Seth exists, let alone is in love with her. Sandy meets up with Seth and Ryan and tells them to get ready for the Fashion Show. Seth hates the idea of socializing with Newport’s finest. Sandy insists that they go because Marissa invited Ryan. Seth cannot believe that he has lived next to the Marissa his whole life and she has never spoken to him. He cannot understand how or why the popular and beautiful Marissa invited Ryan. Ryan coaxes Seth to go by saying Summer might be there. They arrive at the Fashion Show and Ryan is astonished by the way these Newport denizens live with their fancy cars, lavish outfits, and ridiculous plates of hors d’oeurves. Ryan mingles with the guests at the Fashion Show, but does not quite fit in. He has a brief conversation with Marissa. At a distance, Summer notices Ryan and asks Marissa who he is. Meanwhile, Seth is trying to point out Summer to Ryan. As the Fashion Show comes to an end,


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Summer approaches Ryan. She tells him about a party that is taking place on the roof after the show. Ryan is intrigued and tells Seth. The two of them take an elevator to the top floor. The drama begins at the party. Summer and Marissa are dreadfully intoxicated. Ryan notices Marissa’s boyfriend, LUKE, take a girl aside when Marissa is not looking. Then, Summer approaches Ryan and tries to kiss him. Seth walks in and is furious. Summer becomes angry at Seth, asking who he is, and where did he come from. Later that night Seth is being harassed by a group of guys. As Ryan goes to rescue him, Luke and his friends start pushing Ryan around. The boys get into a fight. The party is over for Seth and Ryan, but Seth is amazed that Ryan tried to protect him. The two boys come home with black eyes and Kirsten is livid. Ryan decides Newport is not for him and feels he is causing problems for the Cohen family. He tells Seth he is leaving and asks Sandy to take him back home to Chino. Ryan enters his empty home with only a note left by his mother. He crumples it up before reading it. Sandy walks in, takes one look at the empty house and decides to take Ryan back home with him. The two get into the Mercedes and leave. COMMENTS THE OC is a youth-drama genre and with vivacity, explores the coming-of-age of Ryan Atwood as he enters into this new world of wealth, family, and love. Ryan is a likable character that the audience will feel compassion and sympathy toward. The audience sees the superficial drama that exists between the wealthy characters that live in Newport Beach through the eyes of Ryan. It is easy to connect with Ryan, because he is a humble character, with a good heart. Ryan is thrown into a world of wealth and gluttony, yet he carries his own wealth within his personal character and integrity. He does not belong in the hostile environment he grew up in


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back in Chino, nor does he completely fit into the Orange County way of life. We quickly become invested in his character and enjoy his insightful journey. The storyline has a strong structure that allows the characters to grow through the episode, and possibly the whole series. Ryan allows the audience to question their own character and how they would respond to the situations he is place in. There may be some criticism that Ryan goes from Chino to the OC rather quickly. It is possible that this episode could be broken up into two, by showing more of Ryan’s lifestyle and background in Chino. However, this may affect the integrity of the show, as it is called THE OC. In addition, there may be criticism about Ryan adjusting to Orange County so fast. Some may argue that his transition should be that of a troublemaker at first, to an insightful teenager that struggles between his natural integrity and the superficial world he has been trust into. I believe the point the writer is trying to make from the beginning, is that Ryan is a good kid that just had a rough start. The writer does great job staying relevant to the times through dialogue and imagery. The way the parent’s talk and the way the teenager’s talk are not over done and are current. One can accept that people from Newport Beach would act and talk the way the characters do. The dialogue creates a skewed perception of how Newport Beach is, but this works well, as audiences are drawn to wealthy and beautiful people. Further, there may be criticism regarding the alcohol, drug abuse, and sexual promiscuity in the storyline. Older audiences may be apprehensive in letting their teenagers watch a show where these behaviors are demonstrated regularly without consequence. This show is good for all ages. The teenage drama with the love triangles and high school dilemmas will work well with female audiences ages 16-25. Also, the drama between the adults will be intriguing for an older crowd. The audience for this type of show, however, is mostly


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targeted towards a younger crowd ages 16-25. This work has great potential of being a great piece of entertainment. There is enough intrigue with characters embedded with moral dilemmas regarding current social themes to make for an exciting show with ample amounts of drama and action. SUBMISSION: Consider

WRITER: Consider

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