It’s Black Friday, which means you no longer have to wonder if it’s socially acceptable to start listening to Christmas music. It’s on. When you’re tired of hearing Taylor Swift’s “Last Christmas” playing at Target/The Mall/Everywhere You Go, here are some of our favorite Christmas albums.
1. *NSYNC – “Home For Christmas”
Definitely the greatest boyband Christmas album of all time (We are still surprised Backstreet Boys never made one!) Of course, it also has the best Christmas music video of all time for “Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays.”
2. Hilary Duff – “Santa Clause Lane” This video used to play on Disney Channel during every single commercial break. Can you still do the Lil’ Romeo rap? (We can.)
3. Music From “The O.C.” Mix 3: Have a Very Merry Chrismukkah” Two of the most important things on “The O.C.” were music and Seth Cohen’s favorite holiday, Chrismukkah. This soundtrack features original Holiday tracks from show favorites like Rooney, Jimmy Eat World, and The Raveonettes.
4. The Beach Boys – “The Beach Boys Christmas Album”
It’s hard to pick a favorite track off of this classic album, from their originals “Little Saint Nick” and “Merry Christmas, Baby” to their versions of Christmas standards. We’ve been hearing these songs literally every year since birth, but we still aren’t tired of them.
5. Justin Bieber – “Under The Mistletoe”
We all love his single “Mistletoe,” and of course his remake of “All I Want for Christmas” with Mariah. But our favorite is the beautiful acapella version of “Fa La La” featuring Boyz II Men.
Two major things to be excited about this week: we’re nearly halfway through February! Which mean’s it’s almost summer, right? And, more importantly, “Twisted” returns this week! The show, which premiered on ABC Family over the summer, is back with all new episodes and the conclusion to it’s freshman season. While we will watch pretty much anything that airs on The CW or ABC Family, we have to admit that “Twisted” is a notch or two above the rest.
Maybe it’s because it reminds us of The Greatest Show of All Time, AKA “The OC.” Why you ask?
Danny (aka Beck aka Avan Jogia) is Ryan Atwood. Like Ryan, Danny has that brooding outsider thing down to a T, and a knack for greeting people with a punch in the jaw instead of a hello. Maybe a habit they picked up in juvy? Both were also given nicknames “Chino” (Ryan) and “Socio” (Danny) – just in case they forgot where they came from, and share a similar dry sense of humor. (“They let you watch Glee in prison?” “It was part of our punishment.”)
Rico (Ashton Moio) is Seth Cohen. Really, we think that Ashton studied old episodes of “The OC” to prepare for his role as Rico, because he has that witty, sarcastic, fast-talking, cute nerdy thing Adam Brody is famous for perfected. Rico also has a longtime secret crush, and a tendency to say whatever he is thinking, no matter how awkward things may get. His gradual bonding with Danny is also pretty adorable to watch, and we’re hoping it grows into a bromance to rival Seth & Ryan’s.
Lacey (Kylie Bunbury) is Marissa Cooper. Most popular girl in school who seems to have it all, but is actually bored by it all, has a secret about her father, falls for the bad boy, do we see a pattern here? The only thing she is missing is using a Chanel tote bag as a backpack.
Jo (Maddie Hasson) is a female Seth Cohen. Unlike the rest of the community, Jo immediately welcomes Danny and the return of his friendship. She’s willing to stand up for him, no matter what, and doesn’t worry what that might mean for her reputation. A scene in the pilot, where Danny rescues a drunk Jo from a party, by punching the popular jock in the face, reminds us of the infamous “Welcome to The OC, bitch!” beach party scene.
Karen Desai (Denise Richards) is Julie Cooper-Nichol-Cooper-Atwood-we lost track. It’s only been a half season, and we’ve already seen that Karen Desai is more than capable of rivaling Julie Cooper’s wheeling and dealing. The biggest thing they have in common, and are often misunderstood for, is that they’d do anything for their children. There was also some sort of love triangle going on with Jo’s parents, and Danny’s, that gave us serious flashbacks to the Sandy-Kirsten-Jimmy-Julie romantic rhombus of yore. (We’ll be honest, we don’t pay much attention to the “parent plot lines” on these shows. Unless Sandy Cohen is involved.)
Tess Masterson (Kimberley Quinn) is Kirsten Cohen. She dated Mr. Desai in high school, and Karen has always been jealous of this. (See above romantic rhombus!) It’s been a while since we took the SATs, but an analogy would be Tess:Mr. Desai as Kirsten:Jimmy Cooper.
Archie (Grey Damon) is Luke Ward. Danny’s punching bag of choice, Archie knows just what to say to push Danny’s buttons. The popular jock is also dating Lacey, until she dumps him for Danny. Still waiting to see if he’ll pull a Luke-like transition.
Mr. Masterson (Sam Robards) is Nate Archibald’s dad, The Captain! This has nothing to do with “The OC,” but just sharing in case you were wondering why you recognized him.
Check out the trailer for the rest of the season below. You can catch up on the first 11 episodes of Twisted on Netflix, or during the all-day marathon on ABC Family February 11th. Don’t miss the premiere following Pretty Little Liars, Tuesday at 9pm!
We aren’t big on sports, but we do LOVE tennis! The first grand slam of the year kicked off last week in Melbourne, Australia in record-high temperatures of 107F and up. Now that’s HOT but not nearly as hot as some of the men that play tennis.
We could tell you all the reasons why we love the sport, but instead just enjoy some photos of our favorite young players. And if you aren’t a secret fangirl of tennis yet, this just might be enough to convince you to tune in for week 2 of the Australian Open.
1. Grigor Dmitrov
The 22 year old Bulgarian, dating Maria Sharapova, just made it to the 4th round of a slam for the 1st time in his career. We’re hoping to see more of Grigor in the 2nd week, especially if it means him sharing more photos like this:
2. Ryan Harrison
Or, as we like to call him “Chino,” thanks to his uncanny resemblance to one Ryan Atwood of The OC. The 21-year old Louisiana native, is also really great at Twitter and has a self-confessed love of the song “Call Me Maybe.” He can call us anytime.
3. Milos Raonic
Hypothetically, Milos would be the Seth Cohen to Ryan “Chino” Harrison, but technically he is not. The 6-foot-5 Canadian does have a fast serve to rival Cohen’s quick wit.
4. Jack Sock
The 21-year old American has on edge over his fellow players – he an already call himself a Grand Slam champion, after winning the Mixed Doubles trophy with Melanie Oudin in 2011. He also has an awesome name – “Advantage, Sock.”
Just look at these lovable dorks and occasional doubles team. Americans John Isner and Sam Querrey are bearing the flag of US Men’s tennis, following Andy Roddick’s retirement in 2012. (WE MISS YOU ANDY!!)
The Australian Open is airing now on ESPN and the Tennis Channel nightly from 7pm EST, with Men’s Quarterfinal action in play today. The Men’s Singles Final will be played on Sunday, January 26th.