Season 4

The fourth season of THE O.C. will premiere in the US on November 2nd.

When the series returns for Season Four, high school seems like a distant memory to the young graduates, who have been thrust into adulthood after the death of their beloved friend Marissa. The Cohens struggle to keep Ryan focused on the future, fighting the forces that threaten to pull him back into his old life. Sandy returns to the Public Defender’s office, and he and Kirsten find themselves the happiest they have ever been with each other while rising to the challenge of keeping their family together.

Summer has left Orange County and is attending Brown University in Rhode Island, where she has reinvented herself as a left-leaning, tree-hugging activist under the sway of Che (guest-star Everwood’s Chris Pratt); out are Summer’s celebrity gossip magazines and in are her “Chicken-lovers of the world unite!” flyers. Meanwhile, Seth, lonely in the O.C. and working at a local comic book store, turns to watching golf with Dr Roberts and hanging out with the Newpsies for social stimulation.

Kaitlin Cooper (new series regular Willa Holland) returns to the O.C. as the No. 1 troublemaker at The Harbor School. Over the summer she has befriended Luke’s younger twin brothers, Eric and Brad, who worship her. Meanwhile, Julie will do anything even yard work to avoid dealing with the loss of Marissa. Taylor is hiding out and speaking French in the O.C. after her mysterious romance in Paris.

And guess who else will be on the show? Chris Brown! He’ll be playing Will Tutt, a lonely band geek at The Harbor School who befriends Kaitlin… and will they find love?

Josh Schwartz, creator and executive producer said: “I’m very proud of these episodes and I think they convey real emotion and drama but also, more importantly, humor and heart. I believe our fans will find this focus on our core characters and their relationships really satisfying. The show has been reinvented; rebooted. Personally, it feels like THE O.C. is back. I hope our fans feel the same way.”

Outside the prison walls, the escape truly begins as the convicts race for their lives – and the hidden cash – while trying to avoid capture by the authorities. The pursuers are led by vengeful prison guard, who, driven by a personal vendetta, will stop at nothing until the escapees are captured or killed.

Season 2 is going to be a must-see show.

Tania Jeffries’ (Faye Smythe) mounting stress sees an increased dependence on quick acting anxiety medication Zolopam on Shortland Street this week.

Recent events such as sister Maia’s (Anna Jullienne) broken marriage, Tania’s pending nursing promotion and being caught in the middle of the Scott-Spear medical scandal have all contributed to Tania’s anxiety. Unable to cope, she has closed off her family and friends and developed a heavy reliance on the drug.

Actress Faye Smythe says Tania is showing all the signs of a drug addict. “She starts to accept within herself that she needs Zolopam and she starts to justify it. That’s what people with addictions do, they justify why they need just one more and believe they can stop when ever they need to.” Tania’s addiction has her stuck in a downward spiral and boyfriend Anthony Richards (Michael Morris) is only making matters worse.

Ant recommended the drug to Tania and Smythe believes it is a way for him to maintain control of their relationship. “If Tania ever needs anything she is going to lean on Ant and ask him, because she is going to believe that whatever he is saying is true,” says Smythe. He likes that she is really dependant when she is on the Zolopam.” Tania has left everyone in the dark about her dependence and has her family and friends playing guessing games as to her strange behaviour.

“Anyone who has something to say who is not Ant is completely irrelevant,” admits Smythe. Tania refuses to listen when sister Libby Jeffries (Fleur Saville) accuses her of having a drinking problem after she mixes champagne and Zolopam, keeping her problems to herself. “[In Tania’s mind] Libby doesn’t know anything; how can she comment? She doesn’t know what she is going through.”

When Tania begins faking symptoms in order to gain further prescriptions, Ant finally becomes worried, but it may already be too late. Tania reacts badly when he advises her it’s time to stop. “When he does start to [become concerned], then she starts to believe the whole world is against her,” explains Smythe.

Smythe believes Tania must act now or face serious consequences. “[She risks] losing track of who she is, losing track of her true self.”

Over in the US, the first episode of Cycle 7 of America’s Next Top Model has just aired and the first girl Christian, a bank teller from South Carolina was eliminated leaving 12 girls.

After the field was narrowed down to 13 finalists, the girls were sent to their first challenge, a runway competition using the clothes from the designers of Elmer Ave. Testing both their runway walks and ability to style themselves, the girls had to choose their clothes off the backs of 13 male models, then feminized the outfit and wear it down the runway. Heading into the challenge, Christian was all confidence. ”Runway has always been my forte. I rule the runway,” Christian said. At the end of the runway challenge though, the Elmer Ave designers selected Melrose as the winner, allowing her the chance to be Diva for the Day on the set of their next photo shoot.

At the next day’s fashion shoot, the girls were greeted by ”Tyra the Diva” who exemplified all of the stereotypes society often associates with the modeling world. In possibly the most controversial shoot in the history of “America’s Next Top Model,” each girl was given a different modeling stereotype to portray. While many struggled to represent their stereotype, Christian had an especially difficult time as she attempted to portray a ”Model turned Actress.” ”I wasn’t sure if I was grasping the concept” Christian later told the judges. Jay was frustrated that she continued to give the same pose over and over again. ”She needs to find her own image,” Jay said.

Although several of the girls did not exhibit model behavior, the judges felt that Christian had the least amount of potential to become ”America’s Next Top Model.” ”The judges looked at your photo and there’s something that’s just not popping through,” Tyra said to Christian just before eliminating her from the competition.

This cycle, Tyra Banks once again leads the panel of judges that will narrow the field of girls each week, as they take them into a high-pressure, high-stakes series of competitions that will determine the series winner. Legendary supermodel Twiggy, renowned photographer Nigel Barker and acclaimed runway expert J. Alexander also serve as judges.

In addition to a $100,000 contract with cosmetics giant CoverGirl, this year’s prize package for the winner of The CW’s “America’s Next Top Model” will include a contract with Elite Model Management and a cover and six-page fashion spread in Seventeen magazine.