Detailed plots synopsis for Josh Schwartz’s failed 2005 show “Athens”
In spring 2004 Josh Schwartz began working on Athens, which was going to be a companion show to The O.C. on FOX. It was set to debut in January 2005 on Monday nights alongside 24, but FOX ultimately dropped the show. You can read about other failed Josh Schwartz projects like the Kaitlin Cooper O.C. Spin-Off, Valley Girls, and Hitched in the Shows section. Here is the plot synopsis for Athens:
New drama about life in and around a large East Coast college, where fertile young minds follow their dreams in the vibrant epicenter of American campus life.
At the center of this ensemble series is JED, a charismatic young professor who has yet to match the success of his critically acclaimed first novel. Jed is adored by his students, revered by their parents, and hated by many of his fellow faculty. But while he enjoys the ladies and has a multitude of friends, he isn’t close to any of them. That’s about to change.
Having exhausted a prestigious academic grant, Jed is now forced to take in a boarder to help pay the rent. His new roommate, ETHAN, is an out-of-his-element freshman who’s a thorn in Jed’s side from day one.
Ethan’s insecurities do not endear him to the fraternity that his overbearing, blue-blood father has forced him to join as a “legacy”– nor to its president, ALEX, the golden-boy captain of the crew team. As the tension between them escalates, Alex’s lofty status at the school becomes jeopardized.
Living next door to Jed and Ethan is CHARLIE, a beautiful townie girl, and her mother, a fading beauty. Honest and genuine, Charlie has Jed’s attention even though she’s nothing like his usual romantic conquests (she’s the one girl he hasn’t tried to sleep with). The moment Ethan sees her, he falls hopelessly in love.
But Charlie is dating DANNY, a Boston local with a major beef against the college and everyone in it. When it’s revealed that Danny is secretly sleeping with fraternity-god Alex’s girlfriend, the wealthy and seductive BRIE, a war will erupt between townies and college kids that will have lasting ramifications for everyone involved.
Also entering this world is LOLA, a sophisticated young woman who takes a job in the city after returning from Paris. Jed falls hard for her, and she will become his first true adult relationship – until he discovers that she’s the daughter of the Dean at the college, who happens to be Jed’s chief rival and the one man who can make his life hell.
At the heart of this saga are Jed and Ethan and the relationship they build with each other. As their story unfolds, Ethan finds in Jed the father he never really had, and Jed comes to know Ethan as his only real friend.
Untitled JOSH SCHWARTZ PROJECT (formerly ATHENS) is a production of Wonderland Sound and Vision, through Warner Bros. Television. Josh Schwartz, Bob DeLaurentis and Stephanie Savage are executive producers.