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Seen here, Mischa Barton - who blamed the death of her awful character, Marissa Cooper, for the show's demise - doesn't seem bothered by very much at all.

Once the pilot aired, however, Schwartz and Fox managed to turn those disadvantages to the show’s favor.

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Dating enthusiast Blake Lively and Penn Badgley were constant companions before Penn grew a lot of facial hair and Blake went off to live in Bedford, NY with Ryan Reynolds (there may have been some guy named Leo in there too, but it's hard to keep up with Blake's bustling dating life).

Summer shows were considered little more than schedule-filler.

Series creator Josh Schwartz was only 26—the youngest showrunner in network television at the time—and had never produced a TV show.