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Hit TV show to film on College Hill

Mary-Catherine Lader '08

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The OC characters Seth and Summer
both contemplate attending Brown.

Frigid weather and stunning views of the mall may not be compelling reasons to come to Providence, but some of California's hottest fictional characters are considering leaving beaches and boat parties behind for the Brown experience.

Next month, Seth Cohen and Summer Roberts of Fox's hit TV show "The OC" will join high school seniors across the country as they wonder whether they could get into Brown. The University will feature in two episodes scheduled to air Dec. 1 and 8, said Michael Chapman, vice president for public affairs and University relations.

The two fictional characters, played by Adam Brody and Rachel Bilson, will express interest in applying to Brown, Chapman said, but no footage of the University will be shown. After the show's production company contacted him earlier this fall, Chapman read scripts for both episodes concerning Brown.

According to fan Web site, the second of the two episodes will feature a representative from the University who will tell Seth and Summer that only one student from their high school is typically admitted.

Chapman did not confirm script details but said that no formal request had been made to "admit" the fictional characters to Brown or film scenes on campus.

"The OC's" executive producer Doug Liman graduated from Brown in 1988, while Josh Schwartz, the show's creator and writer, grew up on the East Side and attended the Wheeler School for more than a decade.

Last modified: 2.16.2008