By On the occasion of our 20th anniversary
By Gustavo Arellano
By R. Scott Moxley
By Alfonso Delgado
By Courtney Hamilton
By Joel Beers
By Peter Maguire
By Charles Lam
Orange County, which made it onto the big screen last year with the motion picture Orange County, comes to a small screen near you soon in the Fox television series The O.C.Developed by McG—the noted video director who made his big-screen debut with Charlie's Angels before going on to executive produce Fox's Fastlane—The O.C. revolves around a street-smart teen (do we have those in Orange County?) who works his way into Newport Beach's high-class society. "Think Beverly Hills 90210 with more surfing," reports the TV-junkie website Zap2it.com. Peter Gallagher is set to play an idealistic public defender (do we have those in Orange County?). Despite Fastlane's slow-lane ratings performance, Fox is apparently jazzed about The O.C., having already ordered more episodes before the pilot has even aired. The premiere date is pending.
GO AHEAD, MAKE MY . . . OH, CHRIST, PLEASE DON'T SHOOT!
But the biggest black eye is a severed nose. A real Chihuahua named Gizmo nearly choked to death on the snout of a stuffed Taco Bell Chihuahua doll late last month in Janesville, Wisconsin. A 911 dispatcher had to relay emergency instructions labeled "Obstructed Airway—Infant" to the pet's owner, who gave Gizmo several whacks on the back until he coughed up the fake ratdog nose. The Taco Bell doll has since been put out of Gizmo's reach. A macho combo of heavy symbolism, no?DEERLY DEPARTED