Variety reports that Josh Schwartz, The O.C's. boy mastermind, is close to a deal with Fox to develop a "companion" series to the hit drama. It won't be a spin-off, but will "mirror The O.C.'s mix of younger and older characters, but with the overall skein skewing slightly older than The O.C." But it looks like we're going to have to wait until January for the tough kid from Cerritos to stir up shit in Laguna Effing Beach.
- Fox is riding its 'OC' wave [Variety, sub. req'd.]