FOX Throws in the Beach Towel on 'The OC'

After going head to head with ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" and CBS's "CSI," FOX has decided to end "The OC" wave that first barreled through the nation in 2003.

In the 2005 fall season, one of the show's most famous characters, Marissa, played by Mischa Barton, was killed off (per her request to pursue other avenues).

"The OC" creator and executive producer, Josh Schwartz, announced the decision late Wednesday.

"This feels like the best time to bring the show to its close," he said.

According to FOX, Feb. 22 will mark the last California sunset for the show's lovable cast, which includes Rachel Bilson, Adam Brody, Benjamin McKenzie, Peter Gallagher, Kelly Rowan, Melinda Clarke and Autumn Reeser.