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More suds for Fox’s ‘OC’

Net adds five more episodes to order

This article was updated at 2:36 p.m.

Fox is super-sizing its first season of Warner Bros. TV’s hit sudser “The OC.”

Net has added five more episodes to its “OC” order, bringing to 27 the total number of segs expected to be produced during the show’s first season. Fox had been in talks with WBTV to increase the order (Daily Variety, Oct. 17).

High five for “The OC” comes barely a month after Fox gave the show a full-season pickup. While the skein got off to a modest bow in August, its numbers built steadily to hit level, with buzz surrounding the skein rising at an even faster clip.

Even before the show bowed, Fox and WBTV had been talking about ways to maximize the number of segs produced each season. Past Fox sudser hits such as “Beverly Hills, 90210” regularly cranked out around 30 episodes each season in order to avoid in-season repeats.

With 20 original segs in the hopper — and a few two-hour “American Idol” episodes no doubt in the works, along with a two-week Christmas break — Fox will now be able to air “The OC” without repeats through March.

“The OC” has been on hiatus for a month to make room for coverage of postseason baseball. Skein returns in its new 9 p.m. Wednesday timeslot Oct. 29.

Josh Schwartz created and exec produces “The OC.” Doug Liman, McG, Dave Bartis and Bob DeLaurentis are also exec producers.

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