The O.C.'s early success has convinced Fox to move it to a time slot where
it can keep getting ratings, so the network has reassigned the show to
Wednesdays at 9 p.m. starting Oct. 29.
It had been scheduled for Thursdays at 9 p.m., following Tru Calling
and in the tough position of competing against NBC’s Will & Grace and CBS’ CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
To make room for The O.C., Fox is moving Bernie Mac to Sundays
at 8:30 p.m. starting Nov. 9, which bumps critically panned The Ortegas
Sitting smack in the middle of Fox’s high-rated Sunday-night comedy lineup
should do Bernie Mac no damage, although the show did benefit from its
American Idol: Search for a Superstar lead-in last winter and spring.
Fox had also planned to burn off some remaining episodes of Cedric the
Entertainer on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. But now, that show has also been moved to
midseason to make room for The O.C.
Repurposed episodes of Skin, premiering on Fox Monday, Oct. 20 at 9
p.m., will air in The O.C.’s Thursday slot starting Thursday, Oct. 30,