The series, which will debut it's second season on Monday, September 21st, is a prequel to Batman and chronicles the life of Police Commissioner James Gordon, played by none other than Baccarin's new beau, Mc Kenzie.

"Seth Cohen was a bit of a controversial character in the early conception of the show because there was a question of, 'Does this character belong in this genre? "And Josh was really passionate about how that character was going to make the show unique and speak to a different audience." "He was probably a little more Jewish in the earlier drafts," Schwartz admitted. It was like, OK, I can feel my way through this show if there’s this guy commenting on it -- and then [every one of the characters] started commenting on it.

Everyone got very self-aware very quickly." Schwartz was 25 when he sold the idea to Fox; by 26, he had a pilot script and a season order. "I don't know that [Josh] had time to be scared because [once] we started, we didn't stop," Savage said.

By episode 5, she's filing for divorce from Jimmy after it's revealed that the Coopers are broke.

Then, in this order, she starts dating real estate tycoon Caleb (Seth's grandfather -- ew) because she's broke, begins an affair with Luke (her daughter's teenage ex-boyfriend) because she's unhappy, and finally, marries Caleb because she's again broke and needs someone to pay for daughter Kaitlin's pony's alopecia treatments.

For a primetime soap devotee like Savage, the idea of a show centered on male friendship instantly struck a chord.

"The serial drama is traditionally a female drama, but the relationships that Josh was most interested in were Seth and Ryan as these brothers and Sandy, Seth, and Ryan as a father and his sons," Savage told MTV News. The idea of a nighttime soap opera that's driven through these male relationships.

A Jewish kid from Providence, Rhode Island, Schwartz's first exposure to the Orange County lifestyle was at the University of Southern California, where he attended film school in the mid-90s.

It was there that he met the "species known as the water polo player," and the idea for was born.

Not to mention, it's a fashion time capsule for the early aughts, when douchebags still rocked puka shell necklaces and the prettiest girl in school would pair a hip-hugging jean skirt with flip flops and a polo shirt.