August 05, 2003

Which Is the Real O.C.? Cat...

Which Is the Real O.C.? Cathy Seipp, who grew up a few miles from where I did & frequented the same beaches, has a funny column contrasting the Orange County she remembers with the new Fox program The O.C.. Seipp's O.C. sounds a hell of a lot more like my LBC, for what it's worth. I'm still waiting for the edgy teen series to feature a bunch of smartish guys in baseball caps dipping tobacco and cruising up and down Del Amo Blvd. in tricked-out VW Bugs, singing along with Van Halen and Motley Crue, looking desperately for parties and friendly girls, and then giving up & going home to play 3-on-3 basketball and talk about Bill James. On second thought....

Posted by at August 5, 2003 06:07 PM
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Not a bad idea for a TV series, but you'd probably lost 98% of the audience with that Bill James reference, Matt. Hell, if Uncle Bill and his ideas can't even get any love from mainstream sports press, imagine just how much more ignored he'd be among average Americans!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at August 5, 2003 10:14 PM

Robert -- The funny thing is, we all thought *for sure* that our lives were worthy of a great new TV show, or Diner-style movie.... Granted, the Bill James stuff didn't play a key role (and in fact, we weren't *that* geeky about it). It was the Breakfast Club era, after all. ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 5, 2003 10:47 PM

Good stuff. Makes me appreciate my own upbringing in glamorous Silverlake. Now can you fix the damn blogroll link to Cathy's site?

Posted by: Lloyd at August 6, 2003 09:51 AM

I grew up in Newport, and the show is fairly accurate, I mean, at LEAST as accurate as 90210 was.

Posted by: imani at August 6, 2003 09:51 AM

My brother has been living in HB for a year now, working in Newport. When I teased him about the upcoming show, his repsonse was that he hadn't yet found any parties like those depicted. Yet, considering the stories he's told me in a year's time; I don't think he needs those parties.

I'm just mad that no one wants to make a teevee show about where I grew up. At least, not since Green Acres.

Posted by: Scott at August 6, 2003 10:22 AM

I hear you, Matt: I still have friends whose dreams until they die is to make a movie about our glorious teenage years avoiding gang life in the 626/909 area. Yes, there is apparently such a thing as gang life out there: Snoop Dogg lives in Diamond Bar!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at August 6, 2003 10:57 AM

Coming soon to a TV near you: The Mullets. Your prayers, answered. Sorta.

Posted by: Eric Almendral at August 10, 2003 07:40 AM
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red he'd be among average Americans!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at August 5, 2003 10:14 PM

Robert -- The funny thing is, we all thought *for sure* that our lives were worthy of a great new TV show, or Diner-style movie.... Granted, the Bill James stuff didn't play a key role (and in fact, we weren't *that* geeky about it). It was the Breakfast Club era, after all. ...

Posted by: Matt Welch at August 5, 2003 10:47 PM

Good stuff. Makes me appreciate my own upbringing in glamorous Silverlake. Now can you fix the damn blogroll link to Cathy's site?

Posted by: Lloyd at August 6, 2003 09:51 AM

I grew up in Newport, and the show is fairly accurate, I mean, at LEAST as accurate as 90210 was.

Posted by: imani at August 6, 2003 09:51 AM

My brother has been living in HB for a year now, working in Newport. When I teased him about the upcoming show, his repsonse was that he hadn't yet found any parties like those depicted. Yet, considering the stories he's told me in a year's time; I don't think he needs those parties.

I'm just mad that no one wants to make a teevee show about where I grew up. At least, not since Green Acres.

Posted by: Scott at August 6, 2003 10:22 AM

I hear you, Matt: I still have friends whose dreams until they die is to make a movie about our glorious teenage years avoiding gang life in the 626/909 area. Yes, there is apparently such a thing as gang life out there: Snoop Dogg lives in Diamond Bar!

Posted by: Robert Tagorda at August 6, 2003 10:57 AM

Coming soon to a TV near you: The Mullets. Your prayers, answered. Sorta.

Posted by: Eric Almendral at August 10, 2003 07:40 AM
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