It not only featured one of the show's most melodramatic moments -- who recall exactly where they were and how they felt on the night Barton's Marissa OD'd on painkillers in Tijuana?
And yet, during the show's initial ascent into the pop-culture stratosphere, Schwartz had no idea what the fuck he was doing.
"I had never done it before," Schwartz told MTV News at the 2016 ATX Television Festival in Austin earlier this month. There wasn't a lot of time to think about how in-over-our-heads we probably were, but [executive producer] Stephanie [Savage] did tell me when the show got ordered, 'This is going to change your life, and you are going to come out of this experience a different person than you are going into it.' That was the first time I was terrified." Schwartz met Savage during a general meeting at prolific producer Mc G's offices in Los Angeles.
We just went for it." By the show's fourth episode, it was clear that Schwartz and Savage had created something magical.
The episode titled "The Escape" was a defining moment for the series.
“We’ve reached out to all of them to let them know it was happening, and we would love for them to be involved if they want to be involved,” Schwartz said.
“But [we] certainly didn’t want to make it contingent upon their [participation].
When teenage nerd Seth Cohen (Adam Brody) welcomed teenage delinquent Ryan Atwood (Ben Mc Kenzie) into the family, he invited us in, too: "You're a Cohen now.
Welcome to a life of insecurity and paralyzing self-doubt." For many, the show's incandescent first season remains unparalleled.
After production wrapped on the pilot episode, Fox ordered the series right into production.