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    The American teenage soap opera The OC has been cancelled.

    The final episode of the television drama, that saw its ratings plummet during the last series, will air on US screens on February 22.

    The finale “will deliver real closure to the series, to the story we began telling four years ago”, series creator Josh Schwartz said in a statement. “It will be fun and emotional and I think really satisfying. It is the finale we always planned to do.”

    Based in the affluent Orange County, California, city of Newport Beach, The OC caught fire in its first season, 2003-04, as the top-rated drama among young adults and with a total audience of nearly 10 million.

    The show’s story lines revolved around Ryan (Benjamin McKenzie), an outsider thrust into a heady new world of money and sex, and rich high school kids including Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) and Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) and their families.

    But The OC did not sustain its momentum, dropping to about seven million weekly viewers during 2004-05 and then to fewer than six million last season.

    @@@@SPAN id=news_content2>This year, returning in November after Fox finished its postseason baseball coverage, The OC has only drawn about four million viewers.

    The third-season finale’s high drama, which ended in a cliffhanger with Marissa and Ryan’s car crash, did not turn the series around in the US.

    Fox ordered 16 episodes for the 2006-07 season and all will have aired in the US when the series concludes in February, a network spokesman said yesterday.

    Others in the show’s cast include Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke, Rachel Bilson and Autumn Reeser.

    Despite its brief heyday, the show helped establish cast members including Brody, Bilson and Barton as fan and tabloid favourites.

    A replacement for the series was not immediately announced by Fox.@@@@/SPAN>

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