Wednesday, August 15, 2018

The O.C. Video Clips: Adam Brody 2003 Late Show Interview!

Check out this O.C.-era 2003 Adam Brody interview on The Craig Kilborn show! 

Thursday, August 9, 2018

The O.C. Fan Art: Why the long face Ryan and Marissa?

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O.C. fan art is an interesting beast - judging by past works posted on this site, fans clearly have such different interpretations on what the O.C. characters look like! In this "beautiful" treat we see that the artist that goes by Anoukr gave Ryan and Marissa some really long faces! Furthermore Marissa appears a lot older here too! If you ask us, Marissa looks a lot like Ryan's adopted mother Kirsten which makes this drawling even stranger! Sandy better watch out, pool house boy is getting too close to your woman!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

The O.C. Behind the Scenes: Pilot scenes plus casting info!

Here is a very cool clip that highlights The O.C. actors/actresses opinions regarding the pilot episode of The O.C. as well as some sweet casting information! We find it funny that one of the last scenes of the pilot episode (Peter Gallagher and Benjamin Mckenzie) was actually the first scene they ever filmed for the show! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Behind the Scenes: Rare photos from "The Strip"

Here we have a small handful of very rare behind the scenes photos from season 1 episode 26 "The Strip". If you don't remember clearly - this episode was all about Seth and Ryan getting into trouble in Vegas during Calebs "Bachelor Party". "I love the Vegas" - Sandy Cohen

This episode was the pre-grand finale before the actual season 1 finale - Julie and Caleb getting married along with an emotional roller coaster ride you would have to be at least 5 foot tall to be able to handle. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

The O.C. Basement: Emma Stiles Australian Fan Fiction Writer

Developing imagination … Emma Stiles, 13, has written three online stories based on hit drama The OC and discusses script ideas with her friends via chatrooms. Photo: Ben Rushton

Here is a very early 2000's O.C. fan article - brought to you by The Sydney Morning Herald 2005

For fans of glamour soap The OC, the end of an episode is agonising. It means a week-long wait to find out whether Summer will open her heart to Seth, or whether Marissa and Ryan are meant to be.

So a growing number of impatient teenage girls are embracing a new craze known as fan fiction, in which they create their own scripts for favourite shows and post them on the internet. The website allows devotees to write about hundreds of shows, movies and books ranging from Gone with the Wind to Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

California drama The OC is a top pick for many Sydney schoolgirls, although Summerland, Charmed, Lost and Desperate Housewives are also popular.

Balgowlah teenager Emma Stiles heard about the website from a friend four months ago. At first she read and reviewed other people's stories, all written under pen names, but soon she plucked up the courage to write her own.

Emma - known online as Summereth Ryrissa - has now written three stories about The OC. She discusses ideas with her friends via chatrooms and emails her favourite authors.

While others merge shows, create bizarre scenarios or use their own experiences, 13-year-old Emma prefers to stay true to the show. "My life wouldn't really fit The OC," she says.

Another website devotee, Genevieve Gilan, from the Central Coast, decided she would like to become an author after working on scripts for fan fiction. The 17-year-old believes her writing has improved.

"I think it's made me a lot more confident," she says. "It makes me think that if someone wants to read my writing [online], then if I ever do become a writer, they'll read that too."

Author Cecilia Dart-Thornton was discovered when she wrote for an online writers' workshop. She found it easier to post work on the internet than submit it to a publisher. "You can always pretend that people in cyber space aren't real," she says.

Some of the authors on Fanfiction are clearly beginners, whereas others are accomplished writers, she says. However, the site's real value is in encouraging imagination. "It is interactive and that's vital - you have some input, you have some control in a way of the world around you. You don't have to sit there and have things fed to you - you can give something back."

She suspects most of the writers are young women. "On the message board on my website it is mainly young women who contribute and discuss the books among themselves," she says. "They are very literate, very articulate and very sociable."

Monday, June 4, 2018

Just for fun: When someone tells you season 4 isn't worth watching!

When someone mentions season 4 isn't worth watching!

We all know that season 4 is the cherry on top of the whole series. Yes its not perfect but it captures much what made season 1 so great. Less drama, more fun and more daring plots. Not watching and enjoying it should be an O.C. sin!

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

The O.C. Fan Art: Marissa and Seth looking real scary!

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This original O.C. Fan Art looks like something straight out of The Nightmare Before Christmas and is equally as scary! A couple of  "butter faces" for sure! Strangely everything but their faces look great! Marissa's teeth tho! Art by Snowlazzin!

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

The O.C. Fan Submissions: Super Fan in Ryan's Crabshack Shirt!

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An O.C. Super fan was recently gifted Ryan's Crab Shack shirt for a birthday gift from his younger brother. As you can see his reaction is priceless and it truly made his day! Looking good but our drinks seriously need refills, get back to work! PS: Ask Donny why he quit the Crab Shack!

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

The O.C. Fan Submissions: Cory and Josh Hatfield strike a pose at The O.C. Diner!

Here we have the one and only Cory and Josh Hatfield from the well loved "first and only" O.C. commentary podcast track Portland CA. As you can see in this throw-back photo - they decided to stop by and get a bite to eat at the famous O.C. Diner, more on that here! Look at the deep contemplation on Josh's face and we all know who the Seth Cohen is in this photo! Thanks for submitting guys! Don't forget to check out their podcasts!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Lovable Props From The O.C.: Seths Yakuza Prep Poster!

Here is a photo of the actual prop poster that was hung up in Seth Cohen's room (above his bed). Yakuza Prep was of course a fictitious anime movie created just for the show. This exact poster design can also be seen in Josh Schwartz's other baby and hit TV show "Chuck". 

Fun fact: Yakuza is a Japanese word for: a Japanese organized crime syndicate similar to the Mafia.
a Japanese gangster or racketeer.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Rare Glipses: Rare Side of The O.C. Cohen house!

Have you ever wondered what the left side of the Cohen house studio set looked like? Well that wonder is officially over! Above is a very rare screen shot from a limited edition OC bonus DVD. Despite the lack of exposure on the show the left side is much more finished than we imagined it to be. Great job set designers! 

Speaking of the Cohen house, it's currently still up for sale! View the listing and price here!

Friday, March 23, 2018

The O.C. Fan Art: Interesting season one group sketch!

Here is an interesting fan OC sketch inspired by the season one 2003 promotional photo below! 

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Not bad...not bad at all - we give this one a 5 out of 10!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The O.C. in the news: Samaire Armstrong talks about an OC reunion!

Look who it is! Its Samaire Armstrong aka Anna Stern - Seth Cohen's short-term girlfriend - long term friend in The OC! In this quick interview Samaire is asked the age old question - if she would be apart of an O.C. reunion! This is a very reoccurring question when interviewing The O.C. stars post show, so far every actor that is asked says YES! 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Rare Photos: Rachel Bilson and Samarie Armstrong clubbing!

Here is a rare scanned photo of Rachel Bilson, mr sleazy unknown guy and Samarie Armstrong circa 2004. I don't know about you but this guy looks pretty happy to be hanging out with these ladies! 

Thursday, March 1, 2018

The O.C. Merchandise: NEW Bait Shop T-Shirt Design!

Grab your O.C. Bait Shop shirt today and be one of the cool kids on the block! We have created this exclusive design for real fans of the show! The Bait Shop is officially open for business! Also don't forget to check out the other options/colors that rock this same design! All sales help support this website, much appreciated!

Friday, February 23, 2018

The O.C. Interviews: A 2007 OC interview with Corey Price (Luke Ward's younger brother)

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We present to you an awesome 2007 interview with Corey Price aka the actor that played Eric Ward in the 4th season of The O.C..

If you don't remember Eric, he was one of Luke Ward's (Chris Carmack) two younger brothers in the show. Corey was a great casting choice as he looked a lot like his fictitious older brother Luke.

Eric and his brother Brad (Wayne Dalglish) ended up staying in Newport after Luke and his dad split to Portland. Eric and Brad made their comedic reintroduction in season 4 - Do you remember the chest shaving scene? Before that we only saw Luke's brothers in the season 1 episode 12 "The Secret" - The actors we saw in that episode were different than who they casted in season 4.

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As you can see Corey is on the right and his twin brother is on the left

Since 2007, the O.C. was Corey's only major acting gig which lasted 10 episodes. Consequently Corey did some modeling for Hollister which is very reminiscent to his TV brother Luke Ward (Chris Carmack) Chris modeled for Abercrombie before becoming the character Luke. I guess a chiseled jaw line is a requirement to become a Ward!

The following interview comes from the now defunct O.C. site Editorial Newport! It's too good to be forgotten! Enjoy!

1. Were you a fan of the show before your appearance? 

I had seen The OC a few times but did not watch it with any regularity. However, I was pretty familiar with the show because all the gals in high school used to talk about it all the time. They all loved it. So you can imagine how much fun I had when I got to tell them I was to be on it.

2. What was it like being featured on such a successful show? 

Not bad for a first gig. It was a real honor to be a part of. I think it’s just a really cool show to say you’ve been on. And I’ll never forget it.

3. Having your own real-life twin brother, was it somewhat more "normal" to have an onscreen Twin Brother, too? Or was it just all the odder? 

Well, because I have been around my real twin brother Casey for my entire life it was a bit strange to be someone else’s twin brother for the show. Especially when he’s four years younger than me. But Wayne is an awesome kid. I got along with him very well.

4. What kind of reaction did you receive from family/friends about the role? 

Well, as I said a lot of my friends from high school were avid fans of the show so it was very exciting to tell them. I received nothing but constant support and encouragement from my friends and family back home. It really felt great to have people back home be proud of me.

5. How was the very, um, "interesting" experience of shaving Wayne Daglish's chest? 

Hahahaha. . . .Yeah, I’d say that was pretty memorable. Wayne and I had a lot of fun with that scene. After one particular take, when “cut” was supposed to be called, absolute silence was kept from the entire set as if to keep shooting. So basically everyone left me to shave Wayne’s chest for a few extremely long moments before they all started laughing. We had just been joked on. It was rather demoralizing.

6. Furthermore, were there many highlight funny scenes? 

I got to be in a closet with this very attractive girl named Janel Parrish who played Leah in one of the episodes. The scene starts with us walking out of the closet as if we had just played “seven minutes in heaven.” I told her the scene would look more real if we were really making out in the closet before we walked out. I thought I was pretty convincing but she didn’t go for it.

7. Do you reckon you fill out much of the Orange County/Californian beach pseudo-jock stereotype? 

Hahaha wow. No, definitely not. I am not, not have I ever been an athlete. I have always been into music. I’ve been playing the drums since I was a little kid. And my brother has been playing the guitar. We’ve grown up loving and playing music and never showed much interest in athletics. ROGER WATERS.JUNE 2007.HOLLYWOOD BOWL!! HELL YEAH!!

8. You apparently had a handful of scenes cut from the episodes. Do you feel they contributed much to the story? 

Not really. Although, I was a little bummed about those cut scenes, they actually were pretty irrelevant to the main stories.

9. Do you actually play water-polo? 

I’m from Kentucky. I had never even heard of water polo. Nor am I a very strong swimmer. Needless to say, the whole ordeal was a bit of a struggle.

10. Willa Holland must've been amazing to work with... 

Yes, she was quite nice and a pleasure to work with. But she is just the worst at brain-teasers. As I remember, Wayne was pretty awful too. Despite what they may say, my superiority in the area of logic and reasoning led to many brain-teaser triumphs.

11. And finally, Were there any outstanding experiences from your time on the show? 

One of the most memorable moments of my time working on the show was my first moment on set. I had just finished with make-up and hair and I walked to the stage for the first time. I had never even been on TV set before and the whole thing was amazing. I even recognized some of the sets from my recollections of seeing the show from years earlier, when I was in high school. I met Adam Brody, who is a very nice guy and fun to work with. My level of excitement that morning was beyond anything I had ever experienced before. Exactly a year earlier, I was in Kentucky just graduating high school.

Interview conducted: April 23rd, 2007.
Published on: April 29th, 2007.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The O.C. Pictures: Adam Brody's Parents! Mom and Dad!

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Yep the guy in the blue shirt is Adam Brody's dad Mark, A far fetch from the looks of Sandy Cohen!

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And here we have Adam Brody's mom Valerie, looks like he got most of his good looks from her!

Friday, February 16, 2018

Why Did The O.C. Get Cancelled?

On Febuary 22nd 2007 the last episode of the aired. The O.C., a show that was once known for its very fast pace and somehow 25 plus episode seasons ended on a mid season note on episode 16 of it's 4th season. The O.C. was wildly successful so why did it get cancelled?

At birth, The O.C. initially aired on Tuesday nights. Then after a handful of successful season 1 episodes, the network switched the time slot to Wednesday nights and the show stayed in this slot throughout the remainder of  season 1. Season 1 carried a very solid 9.48 million viewers (on average) a crazy success! The show and it's actors literally exploded through the stratosphere and became a cultural phenomenon instantly! The O.C. was fresh, exciting and hilarious! Josh Schwartz (the creator of The O.C.) alone wrote 14 of the 27 episodes of season 1!

Then some things started to change. Who remembers when this happened? You know, when the network switched The O.C's time slot from Wednesday to Thursday at the beginning of season 2, our beloved Wednesday night time slot was lost forever..

The airing switch-up caused some confusion for dedicated watchers of the show. Season 2 of The O.C. was doing pretty well with a nice 7.44 million viewers (on average). Josh Schwartz wrote 7 episodes of season 2. Season 2 was still as fun as season 1, the addition of some new charters, new places for the characters to hang out and yes a tad more drama added something special to the show. I mean who didn't appreciate Seth having to become the Bait Shop janitor!? What about the epic scene where Marissa Mmm-Whatcha Says Trey!?

Then season 3 arrived. Yes we know - season 3 is sort of like The O.C.'s red-headed step child that nobody wants to fully accept, not that many fans really liked it. It has been said that the story lines were stale/predictable/less creative than seasons 1 and 2. In fact many fans would have been open to another Oliver story line vs the very tired Johnny Harper plot. Despite season 3 and its negatives we think that there was still many gems to be found especially if you kind of filter some of the less than savory clutter. Once again Josh Schwartz's contribution to the show dwindled, Josh only wrote 4 of the 25 O.C. episodes in season 3!

From a ratings standpoint and the networks opinion - season 3 was the beginning of the end. Average viewers went way down to 5.83 million almost loosing half of its original season 1 audience. Ironically those kind of numbers spells a big hit for cable TV these days but the early 2000's was a different time.

Then there's season 4, The O.C.'s last chance to get back to it's witty light and fun story lines that made people love the show in the first place! Despite the shows writing being infinitely better, the viewers just weren't following at this point, 3.96 million viewers on average for the entire season. Josh Schwartz again only wrote 4 episodes wrapping up season 4 and the show as we know it - forever. To clear things up season 4 was a saving grace for fans, it just really satisfied in a way season 1 and 2 did. The writers did the best they could with the very short network order of 16 episodes the final season.

So why the cancellation? Was it only because of ratings and changing of air dates? We believe the show got cancelled due to multiple complex factors.

The shows downward spiral into ratings null was probably because of season 3's finale, lots of people were very attached to Marissa and refused to watch the show once she was killed off.

The other obvious reason could have been because people were getting bored of season 3's repetitive story lines and figured the show wasn't going to get any better therefor decided to not even partake in season 4.

We find it odd that the birth father of The O.C. (Josh Schwartz) wrote less and less of episodes as the seasons of his first baby progressed. Was he out of ideas or was he crippled by making choices on where to take the show next? Was he too focused on his next idea the TV show Chuck? Below is the top 10 episodes by views. Is it not ironic that out of the top 10 episodes by millions of views - Josh Schwartz was involved in 6 of the 10?

We can assume that Josh Schwartz felt a certain pressure to give the fans what they wanted or to satisfy the opinion of his elders in the field. It is well documented that Josh spent lots and lots of time reading various O.C. message boards which probably pushed him into infinite creative hibernation. People wanted this and that to happen and would gripe about the direction of the series. But the truth is that Josh Schwartz was super young, only 26 when the show was first picked up. The O.C. was his first big success and we believe he did an excellent job by adding in some very creative writers to help out - even though some of those writers tired the plots.

Let's face it watcher counts/ratings aren't everything especially in the days of original series on Netflix/Hulu but when it comes to a cable TV show's survival, ratings really go into consideration. I mean it was the early 00's and The O.C. was competing with a ton of huge reality shows! Also a 9pm timeslot is pretty late considering the shows top demographics, teenagers!

The O.C. was a very fast mover, meaning the shows plots would often be full circle wrapped up with a ribbon quicker than captain oats can nay. Other shows in the same genre often dragged out the same drama and plots for weeks. The problem with a fast moving show like The O.C. is that the writing and stories get exhausted quickly. Leaving less and less creativity to scrape up and mold something new and exciting.

Then there's the whole internal politics stuff that went down behind closed doors. It has been confirmed by Tate Donovan (actor that played Jimmy Cooper video above) and Cam Gigandet , actor that played the villain Kevin Volchok, that some of the young actors in the show had bad attitudes when he was on set. Click the links for more on that. To their defense most of the young actors on the show didn't have much fame before The O.C..Their overnight fame was huge and the actors were getting TV and movie offers left and right but were often unable to take most of them due to The O.C. hectic shooting schedule and contracts. The young new to fame actors didn't necessarily know how to handle fame which caused them to get a bit mixed up in it all.

Out of the core 4 Mischa Barton (Marissa Cooper) was the only actual teenager when the show aired, the other 3 - Adam Brody, Benjamin Mckenzie and Rachel Bilson were clear in their 20's. Lets face it you definitely go through changes from ages 17 to 20 years old. Mischa Barton apparently was purposely getting to the OC studio later and later and it's been said that some of the actors were forgetting their lines purposely out of disinterest and boredom.

Adam Brody has been quoted to have been scared of getting typecast as the adorkable geek if he were to stay on the show for too long. Additionally Adam Brody dated Rachel Bilson and broke up with her all the while working on the show, which had to be pretty awkward and difficult for the both of them. There is also a definite change in Adam Brody's performance quality and depiction of Seth Cohen in the later seasons. Adam appears to be more agitated, sarcastic and void of that early Seth Cohen delivery.

The show lost it's musical tone when the background music composer was switched out at the end of season 2. Did anyone catch that? A new composer was hired on, one that changed the feeling of the show in a darker direction albeit went well with the darker writing. The music in season 1 and 2 was a character within itself, it was light and fun but when we lost that tonality - the show started changing the way scenes felt even though the actors stayed the same.

Interestingly enough The O.C. was tested and aired on Wednesday nights yet again during the fourth season while the very successful show "Lost" was on a hiatus. This was a last ditch effort  to attract more viewers to watching the show but the network quickly realized that this move was a big fail. They then switched it back to Thursday nights! Talk about a wild bipolar ride FOX!

Josh Schwartz has been quoted after the show ended to having a few regrets too - writing out certain characters (Luke and Anna) and moving the show too quickly. Furthermore at the end of the third season Josh and the crew didn't even know if they were going to be awarded a 4th season.

Most of season 4's ratings were around 3.5 million viewers with the finale totaling up a whopping 6.5 million viewers. When the show ended, countless online OC blog sites and message boards attempted to petition for the show to return, but sadly failed. So all this to say that our beloved O.C. ended and was cancelled for a multitude of above reasons - some may not even be fully known but more truth shall come out as the years go by. We will be diligently be waiting for E's True Hollywood Story on The O.C.!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The O.C. Holidays: Happy Valentines Day OC'ers!

Have an amazing Valentines aka the holiday that was created by Hallmark! XOXO!

-Everything The O.C.

Monday, February 5, 2018

Rare Photos: Early Season One O.C. Promo photo!

Here's a very rare early season 1 photo! We know this because Luke is in the shot! Chris Carmack (Luke) all sprawled out like he was a model in his past life or something! Actually what are we saying, he was a model and we have photo proof - check this out!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

The O.C. Merchandise: Welcome To The OC Bitch T-shirt Now Available!

There's no better way to let people know your an OC fan than walking around with one of the most memorable lines from the show! After-all that is how it's done in Orange County! Available in 8 exciting colors as well as women's tank top, coffee mug and sticker! Click HERE to order this awesome t-shirt now...bitch!

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The O.C. Basement: The O.C. Drinking Game!

In the O.C.'s heyday people were coming up with all sorts of new and exciting ways to enjoy The O.C.. One prevalent thing that multiple O.C. communities came up with was O.C. drinking games.  So without further-a-do we present to you below an O.C. drinking game from a now defunct O.C. website! It's pretty hilarious and if you decide to do a re-watch while following the rules below - you will sure be in for some fun!  Be responsible and enjoy.

Get your drinks ready, and follow this handy guide--trust us, you'll be sporting a good buzz before the first note to "California" even plays. 

Alright, so you've tuned into FOX, it's 9pm (8pm central time), and "The OC" is about to start. We know what you're thinking--how could you make this show any better? Two words--DRINKING GAME.

So get your drinks ready, and follow this handy guide--trust us, you'll be sporting a good buzz before the first note to "California" even plays.

1.) Ryan tosses out his patented sideways look - 1 DRINK
If you've seen the show, you know what we're talking about--the squinty wannabe-Eastwood look to the side that either says "watch it pal" or "what you talking 'bout Willis?". Whenever Ryan does it, you take a drink. Some nights, this alone will account for a 6-pack.

2.) Marissa in miniskirt - 1 DRINK
This is 1 drink per miniskirt, and not per miniskirt-appearance. If you took a drink everytime they showed Marissa in a miniskirt on camera, you'd be passed out by the 15-minute mark.

3.) Summer says "ewwwww" - 1 DRINK
Another one that could kill a sixer quickly on the right night. And go ahead and drink double if "ewwwww" is said in conjunction with a poor person, bum, or Inland Empire native (see also number 5).

4.) Prescription drug mention - 1 DRINK
Whether its Valium or Xanax, seems like pill-popping is all the rage in the OC. So take 1 drink whenever you hear some sort of prescription medication referenced.

5.) Derogatory inland empire statement - 1 DRINK
This could come in the form of a "Julie Cooper's from Riverside" call, or the standard-issue "Chino" trash-talk. Anytime the Newps kids talk smack on the 909 (or any inland destination), drink up.

6.) Luxury car screen time - 1 DRINK
Anytime a BMW, Range Rover, Jaguar, Porsche, or Mercedes is shown or mentioned, you can go ahead and have another drink. If it's a Bentley or a Rolls, make it two drinks.

7.) Hard drug use - 1 DRINK (or comparable alternative)
When the kids of The OC tap into the hard stuff (cocaine, heroin, oxycontin), join the debauchery with yet another drink.

1.) Two-timing and other sluttiness - 2 DRINKS
Whether it's Ryan cheating on Marissa with an older woman, Seth juggling Anna and Summer, or any of the other characters getting scandalous, take two drinks in the name of infidelity. (If it's a slow night, just go ahead and drink anytime ANY of the kids gets some)

2.) Someone from Ryan's past makes an appearance - 3 DRINKS
Whenever someone from Ryan's past, be it his mother, an old girlfriend, a brother, or just an old Chino chum turns up on the show, go ahead and take 3 drinks. (Yes, we know, the Thanksgiving episode would have taken out many a 12-pack)

3.) Same sex smut - 5 DRINKS
According to Vanity Fair, TV is experiencing a "gay heatwave", and "The OC" is no exception. We've already gotten our first dose of hardcore same-sex love with last week's episode, but seeing as being gay on TV is as popular these days as belly-button rings on teenage girls, there's undoubtedly more to come. 5 drinks for any girl-on-girl or guy-on-guy kissing shown.

4.) Character loses his/her virginity - POUND YOUR BEER
Sadly, this isn't as common of an occurrence as it was with "90210" and "Dawson's Creek". Unlike those shows, kids in the OC don't spend whole episodes (or even whole minutes) contemplating their virginity. Still, doesn't mean turning in the V-card shouldn't be treated with reverence when it does go down. The coming-of-age deflowering episode is a rite of passage as old as drama itself. So show some respect and finish your beer.

5.) Old 90210 cast member makes appearance - :10-MINIMUM KEG-STAND
Where would "The OC" be without its FOX drama-ancestor "Beverly Hills 90210"? So open wide and drink it down in honor of the Walsh clan, The Peach Pit, and all things 9-0.

1.) Seth Cohen, The Hopeless Loser? - 2 DRINKS
Has teen angst ever been so much fun? We all had our awkward periods in high school, but did any of yours include having two of the hottest women at your school fighting over you? Yeah, we didn't either. But why question it? Propose a toast to living vicariously and take 2 drinks everytime Seth makes any sort of derogatory reference to himself (comic book & Magic the Gathering references count).

2.) Someone is wearing a bikini at a party - 4 DRINKS
Trust me kids, you'll never attend a night party in Orange County and see girls dancing around in bikinis. Of course, in "The OC" it's a regular occurrence. Take 2 drinks in the name of creative liberties.

3.) Oliver Trask, distant relative of John Edward - POUND YOUR BEER
The Christmakah episode saw the introduction of Oliver Trask, a smart-talking creep Marissa met in therapy (God I already hate him so much). Of course, like so many dark, mysterious slimeballs, he has the ability to formulate shockingly accurate psychological profiles after only knowing someone for a matter of seconds. Pound your beer whenever Oliver makes one of his Miss Cleo-style character assessments.

1.) The seemingly-inevitable fisticuffs - 1 DRINK
We caught plenty of grief for omitting this one the first time out. So from here on out, make sure you take a swig every time a punch is thrown (drink 2 on the rare occasion that Ryan is actually shown taking a punch). -- Stuart, N.Y.

2.) Sandy Cohen, the Surfer & Stoner - 2 DRINKS
Sure, he's a lawyer now, but we all know at one time Sandy Cohen dreamt of nothing more than long surf sessions and doobies the size of your wrist. So let's all take 2 drinks (or something comparable) whenever Sandy's surfing and/or pot smoking are mentioned. -- Kevin, Santa Barbara, CA

3.) Anna Stern uses a big SAT word - 2 DRINKS
Don't get us wrong, we love Anna. But sometimes her dialogue borders on Dawsonesque. Yes, she's a smarter-than-average high school student--but when The O.C. starts to go over our heads, a serious panic sets in. So take 2 drinks every time Anna demonstrates of her mastery of the English language.
-- Rachel, N.Y.

4.) O.C. Soccer Moms love their saunas - 3 DRINKS
Ok, we've harped on some of the faux-reality of The O.C., but this is dead-on. Wealthy O.C. housewives really do spend about half their time at the gym, and of course, they don't really spend their time working out (that's what plastic surgery is for). So in the name of documentary-style realism, take 3 drinks anytime one of the moms of The O.C. is shown getting into or out of a sauna.
-- Andrew, LBAIM Controller, Scarsdale, NY

NEW YEAR, NEW RULES (added 01/07/04)
1.) Ryan discovers a secret - 3 DRINKS
This guy is to secrets what John McLane was to hostage takeovers--he has an uncanny knack for being in the wrong place at the right time. Whether it's Julie Cooper hooking up with Caleb Nichol, sister Hailey's money problems, or Luke's dad's sexual orientation, Ryan always seems to be there whenever the O.C.'s secrets are revealed--so toast his serendipitous timing with 3 drinks.

Has anything been more classic than the NYE episode, when Ryan was rushing to find Marissa by midnight, and he comes out of the stairs, and straight into SUPER DRAMATIC SLOW-MO? As if the song lyrics cued up perfectly with the action weren't enough, they went for the gold medal with the McG-inspired variable rate slow-motion shot. They've used some stylish slow-mo before, but never for such dramatic effect. Simply put, it was PURE BRILLIANCE. So from now on, we drink for the duration of any slow-mo shot, however long it may be.

1.) Captain Oats mention - 2 DRINKS
Quite a few readers have requested a Captain Oats score, but one made an even more startling realization--both Summer and Anna took an interest in Captain Oats before jumping Seth. Could this be indicative of Orange County women's draw towards plastic toys? I'll leave that for you to ponder, but let's go ahead and take 2 drinks whenever the world's most famous plastic horse gets his name dropped.
-- Ceanne, Edmonton, Alberta

2.) Jimmy Cooper hesitates - 2 DRINKS
After all he's been through, it's understandable if Jimmy Cooper has a bit of residual nerves and hesitation in his day-to-day life. But in all honesty, some nights this guy has more nervous energy than Kramer did in season 6 of Seinfeld. Whenever Jimmy Cooper makes a sheepish, worried-smile (You know the one, where he looks kind of constipated) or does his patented "ehh, I don't know" move, go ahead and take 2 drinks for him--in the hopes of calming his nerves.
-- Erin, Austin, TX

1.) Sandy Cohen Proverb - 1 DRINK
Those of you who don't live in Orange County might not know it, but Berkeley-grad, Bronx-native lawyers are endowed with infinite wisdom when they move to Newport Beach. Seriously--it's sort of like the effect that Earth's sun has on Superman. This explains why Sandy Cohen is always giving out crucially-timed advice and pep talks like they were kittens. Whenever you can't tell if you're watching Peter Gallagher or Confucious as Sandy Cohen, take 1 drink.

2.) Luke Ward: The New Homie - 2 DRINKS
Has anyone ever made a faster turnaround than Luke Ward? We all hated him, then we find out his Dad (the "Dell I.T." guy) is playing for the pink team. Suddenly, Luke went from insecure, waterpolo meathead to best friend to all, fun-time party dude. Take 1 drink (and if so inclined, pour 1 out on the curb) for everyone's new best bro.

3.) Samurai Flute Music - JUST KEEP DRINKING
Ok, this is one we've been meaning to comment on--the cheesy flute music that they play during the most serious moments (often during one of the aforementioned Sandy Cohen proverbs)--it's like the show has suddenly been hijacked by Zamfir, Master of the Pan Flute. Now, if they brought out Mr. Miyagi, Daniel-San, or the evil Cobra Kai sensei it'd be acceptable, but until they do, just keep drinking whenever they play the Karate Kid-style flute music. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The O.C. Whoops: A rather sticky pilot episode goof up!

the o.c. tv show error

There isn't much wrong (story wise) with the pilot episode of The O.C..In fact in our very unbiased opinion ;) The O.C. pilot is flawless..But with that being said there are a few funny technical errors that were made during its filming. Recently our team of researches discovered one such error that hasn't been reported anywhere else!

The error happens when Kirsten approaches Sandy in the front of their house near the end of the episode. Kirsten distressed informs Sandy that Seth got into a fight and Sandy proceeds to literally not give a dang and says "at least he has someone to hang out with". As you see in the photo above there is some red making tape on the top of the stairs. We have highlighted for you in-case you are blind. This tape marks where the actors start a scene or where they stand when the director calls action. This was Kirsten's starting point marker and somehow nobody realized this in the editing room 😄!! 

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Behind the Scenes: The Newport Pier Restaurant!

You may or may not know but after a few episodes of season 1 of The O.C., much of the popular interior "Newport" O.C. filming locations we saw in the show were recreated inside Raleigh Manhattan Beach Studios. The Cohen house interior, Ryan's pool house, Marissa's lifeguard tower, Harbor School and more were all just elaborate sets housed within two indoor sound-stages. This is of course is a fairy normal practice in the filming industry. For instance when the TV show's creators know main characters are going to frequent a certain location - like the restaurant that the Friends cast hung out at or the restaurant the Seinfeld cast hung out at - they build a set. This happens because it gets more and more expensive to film on location - Furthermore controlling things like outdoor sounds - lighting etc can be very difficult. Thus you recreate a replica within a film studio, then you can pretty much film and control whatever you want. There was a good mix between on location shooting and indoor set shooting on The O.C. but Like anything the best sets were the ones that nobody knew were fake.

rachel bilson, adam brody, benjamin mckenie, mischa barton the oc diner restaurant

One real location you may have not realized turned into a set shortly after a few episodes was the "Newport" pier restaurant. You know, the place where the core-4 hung out - talked about their big plans or just grabbed a bite to eat.

ryan punches luke the oc diner restaurant season 1
ryan punches luke the oc diner restaurant season 1

It was also the same place where Ryan punched Luke in season 1 episode 2 "The Model Home". Ohhh memories! "You know what I like about rich kids...Nothing!"

the o.c. behind the scenes set photos restaurant

On to the good stuff - as you see in the above photo, this is a super rare, one of a kind image that reveals both Marissa's life guard tower and the pier restaurant sets. In the background you will see the exterior of the pier restaurant replica, complete with look-alike pier railing and wooden dock posts as the actual real location in Redondo Beach.

The green thing at the top near the roof is actually a backdrop similar to the Cohen ocean backdrop that can be rolled up and rolled down during filming - the backdrop contains a photo of the actual background at the real pier diner location in Redondo beach giving the illusion that they are really filming on location. To further the illusion the director would have background actors walk back and forth in the window background while the cast members shot scenes from inside. 

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC

The actual restaurant is called Redondo Coffee Shop & Bait. It's a real life coffee shop/cafe that serves breakfast, seafood lunch and deserts but also doubles as a bait and tackle shop - you can actually rent fishing poles from them too. The restaurant is owned by a sweet Korean couple. In the show this location is suppose to be located on the Balboa Pier in Newport but it's actually located in Redondo Beach on a similar looking pier. A ton of on location scenes were filmed around this Redondo beach pier location including The Bait Shop (torn down sadly) and Sandy's law office building.

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC menu

Here is a scan of their most current menu courtesy of As you can tell they have a wide array of foods and their prices are pretty reasonable. Their Yelp review is actually very good too.  

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant

Although some reviews complain that the interiors are outdated and are falling apart but that's the good part for fans of The O.C., the interiors have stayed the same over the last 15 years. Word on the street is that you can ask for the "Chino Special" your meal comes complete with a knuckle sandwich! 😉

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC

When the show was still on TV the Redondo Coffee Shop was painted green and tan-ish color but this has since been changed to a yellow and blue color scheme. Personally this color scheme looks a lot tackier than the original but it's definitely attention grabbing!

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC
redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC

This filming location can be found at 141 Fisherman's Wharf Redondo Beach, CA 90277. Many fans from all over the world have visited this location in hopes to dine in at the 3 booths where actors sat. Furthermore it's a very popular place for locals to hang out that probably never even heard or cared about the show. You can find a an assortment of O.C. fan pictures within the restaurant scattered around the interwebs - like the two above.

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC autographs

When visiting the restaurant look out for this cast signed autographed photo. It's hanging inside the restaurant near the corner booth where Ryan, Seth and Marissa sat in season 1 episode 2 "The Model Home".

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC booth

Here is the corner booth that Seth, Marissa and Ryan actually sat in season 1 episode 2 "The Model Home".

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC booth seth and ryan

There used to be a coffee sign on the wall but has since been removed. However the big tip off is a painting of a coffee pitcher and two coffee mugs, has been there since 2003. The white frame at the top right corner is the autographed photo shown above.

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC

redondo beach coffee and bait restaurant OC

Some additional angles of the restaurant

Last but not least a 360 movable photo a fan shot in the famous corner booth. So there you have it - alittle piece of O.C. history! Not only can you sit your tush where the cast of the O.C. sat their tush but you can also get your eat on - not a bad combination if you ask us!