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Oscars and the OC

by Zan Romanoff

October 7, 2013 | 11:16 am

Fall pilots are still airing all around us but Hollywood is already looking ahead to seasons future: on Friday it was announced that FOX will be developing a pilot based on Oscar winner Diablo Cody's script Prodigy, about a teen genuis who (surprise!) has been socially isolated until she heads to public school and falls in with a bad crowd. I'd be super skeptical-- I have, historically,  hated Cody's work, especially her feature follow-up to Juno, Young Adult-- but the show will be produced by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, the team that brought us The O.C. almost exactly a decade ago now. The O.C. slid into shlock the minute the first season ended but up until then it had been deliciously soapy, a pitch-perfect marriage of over-the-top machinations, smart comedy and well-grounded feelings, plus a then-unusual indie rock soundtrack that legitimately transformed television music choices going forward. Cody has a sharp ear for dialogue but she's bad at rounding out characters, so I'm hopeful that Schwartz and Savage will soften her writing enough to make it palatable, and all three seem to have a wicked sense of humor that can only mean good things for the pilot that's to come.  

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