26 May 2005
Degrassi won the Shaw Rocket Prize (see news
from 4 May). The show received $50,000 for winning. See http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/May2005/26/c3764.html for more information. Congrats Degrassi!
Degrassi: Unscripted begins airing on 3 June with
Stacey Farber (Ellie). On 10 June will be Aubrey Graham (Jimmy). Melissa McIntyre will be on 17 June.
25 May 2005
CTV has released the Season Five press release.
Check it out here. I think it is important to note that the press release specified returning cast regulars, meaning certain cast
members not mentioned in the release might be guest-stars.
Lauren Collins (Paige) has landed a part in Take
The Lead, a movie starring Antonio Banderas. Congrats Lauren! Check out more info here.
20 May 2005 (again, but later in the day)
Nickelodeon (which owns The-N) has named a new
Vice President of Communications, Jodi Davis. As such, she is in charge of publicity for Degrassi: The Next Generation. Meaning
she's quite important to us fans.
For more details, see our source at: http://biz.yahoo.com/prnews/050518/nyw130.html?.v=11
20 May 2005 - News from the Exec (finally!)
Executive Producer Steven Stohn just left the
following (cryptic) message on Degrassi.tv:
"I just watched another
car crash, it went off perfectly!!! (A bit expensive to keep crashing cars I know, but very satisfying when you know it's
going to look good on screen.) "
So apparently they are destroying
things up in Canada. No idea who was in the car crash (if anyone) or why, but it's fun to speculate!
Random Note: I just saw
my favourite country singer, Clay Walker, and if you get the chance, check out his website, because he is fantastic. Sorry
for the tangent.
19 May 2005 - DVD party in NYC
The Place: New York City
The Location: The
Manhattan Mall - right next to the Empire State Building and Herald Square (home of Macy's)
The Store: Suncoast
Date: June 18, 2005
Last year we hit the West Coast... this year... the Degrassi Ultimate Box Set Signing Party is
hitting the East Coast - in Mid-Town Manhattan, NY! (Home of The N)
This is your chance to meet:
- Miriam McDonald
- Andrea Lewis (Hazel)
- Jake Epstein (Craig)
- Shane Kippel (Spinner)
Tune into the FUNimation Degrassi
web site at [url]www.funimation.com/degrassi[/url] or stay tuned to the boards for more information on what time to get in
We'll have Season 1 and the NEW Season 2 Ultimate Box Sets on hand to sign. (Three full days before they are
in ANY other store) Drawings will be held for exciting Degrassi prizes too.
Mark your calendar. You must be there.
(Source: FUNimation Message Boards)
18 May 2005
Happy 17th Birthday to Ryan Cooley!
17 May 2005
The Canadian Television Fund (CTF) has allocated C$99.2 million
for 36 drama programs, including Degrassi: The Next Generation. CTF is a partnership between the Canadian government, Canada's cable and satellite industry and Telefilm Canada. (Source: c21media.net)
For those of you who don't know, the Canadian government subsidises
Canadian television (among other things) in order to protect home-grown programming from being overshadowed by American programming.
Since Degrassi is subsidised by the Canadian government, that is why only Canadian citizens can act on the show. In addition,
Degrassi is subsidised by the provincial government of Ontario, which is why most of the actors
are from Ontario.
10 May 2005
Degrassi.tv has announced new episode titles for
Season Five. In addition to the ones we posted 2 May, here they are:
- 505 Weddings, Parties, Anything
- 506 I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
- 507 Turned Out
- 508 Tell It To My Heart
In case you don't want to look below for the previously
released episode titles, here they are:
- 501 - 502 Venus
- 503 Death of a Disco Dance
- 504 Foolin'
6 May 2005
- Season Five began filming as of today! (time
flies by so fast)
- The-N will air the rest of Season Four starting
1 July. (Don't forget Degrassi:Unscripted begins airing 3 June.
- Just noticed that Jake Goldsbie (Toby) had
a cameo in "I Do, They Don't", the ABC Family movie Ephraim Ellis (Rick) was in.
4 May 2005
- Degrassi is a semi-finalist for the 2005 Shaw
Rocket Prize. The Prize awards $50,000 to the best independently produced kids' TV program. The winner is chosen by 400+ Canadian
7th to 9th graders (all who are enrolled in the Learning Through the Arts program). The winner will be announced 25 May.
Source: Canadian Press, www.canada.com
2 May 2005: EXCITING NEWS
- Degrassi Executive Producer Stephen Stohn has
announced the (tentative) titles for the first four episodes of season five. They are:
- 501 Venus Part One
- 502 Venus Part Two
- 503 Death of a Disco Dancer
- 504 Foolin'
- Apparently, Jamie Johnston will be joing the
cast of Degrassi next year as a character named Peter. He is 15 years old and you might have seen him on I Was a Sixth Grade
Alien with Ryan Cooley, Daniel Clark and Lauren Collins. You can find out more about Jamie at http://www.jamiejohnston.com/
1 May 2005:
- Happy May Day!
- Christina Schmidt won the award for Best Supporting
Actress in a TV Series at the Young Artist Awards.
- Stephen Stohn has clarified, and Degrassi Season
Five will begin filming on 6 May 2005, not 9 May as previously thought.
- At some point during filming a new opening sequence
will be filmed.
- Degrassi: Generations the book will
be released this August in the USA, Canada and Australia.
- The Young Artist Awards are this evening. We
will let you know if Degrassi picked up any awards as soon as we hear.
Here is the official word
from Stephen Stohn (ExecProducer, degrassi.tv): "Actually filming is going to start May 6th (originally
we were going to shoot the new generic opening on the 6th but we've decided to push that to later)... last nigth our book
publisher came over to the house to deliver the galley proofs of the Degrassi: Generations book that will be released in late
August. It is AMAZING. Hundreds of pictures, and tons of facts about Degrassi that even Lidna and I had forgotten or never
knew! The book will initially be released in Canada, the U.S. and Australia!"
- Lauren Collins will be guest-starring on Radio
Free Roscoe starting next Friday, and continuing the Friday after that.
- A number of Degrassi cast members have been nominated
for the 2005 26th Annual Young Artist Awards. The Degrassi nominees are as follows:
- Adamo Ruggiero (Marco) for Best Performance
in a TV Series: Leading Young Actor
- Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) for Best Performance
in a TV Series: Supporting Young Actor
- Chrstina Schmidt (Terri) for Best Performance
in a TV Series: Supporting Young Actress
- Alex Steele (Angela) for Best Performance
in a TV Series: Recurring Young Actress
- Outstanding Young Performers in a TV
Series (group award): Ryan Cooley, Jake Epstein, Stacey Farber, Aubrey Graham, Miriam McDonald, Adamo Ruggiero, Christina
Schmidt, Alex Steele, Cassie Steele, Sarah Barrable-Tishauer
The awards will be held on 30 April 2005.
Last year (2004), Jake Epstein was nominated
for Leading Young Actor and Alex Steele for Best Actress Age Ten or Younger. Degrassi: TNG WON the
award for Best Family Television Series.
In 2003, Jake Epstein was nominated for
Leading Young Actor, and 15 cast members were nominated together for Best Ensemble in a TV Series.
In 2002, both Ryan Cooley and Jake Goldsbie
were nominated for Leading Young Actor in a TV Comedy(?) Series, Degrassi was nomiated for Best Family Comedy(?)
Series and 11 cast members WON the award for Best Ensemble in a TV Series.
Source: Young Artist Awards
24 April 2005
Executive Producer Linda Schuler conducted an
interview with CBC Radio 1, in which she revealed that a Degrassi character will be getting pregnant during Season Five.
Initially, there was no confirmation of that spoiler,
but Executive Producer Stephen Stohn confimed it on Degrassi.tv.
Here is the official confirmation: "Just back from Los Angeles, and I'll be heading back there in three weeks (in two weeks of course it's the first
week of filming of Season 5 so I've GOT to be here for that!) We're making some progress on the big secret project but it's
stll a bit early to give out any hints. I can confirm though that whatever Linda said on the radio about next season is true!!
(And you might be be surprised!) In answer to one question, the book is coming out in August... "
Degrassi.tv, 24 April 2005
- The-Mary at The-N.com has a flipbook of Aubrey
Graham's personal pictures taken whilst he was in NYC working on his music career. See: http://www.the-n.com/checkit/nsider.php and look for the link to Aubrey Graham pictures
20 April 2005
These episodes were filmed at the same time last summer's
Unscripted episodes were filmed.
Source: The-Mary, the-n.com http://www.the-n.com/checkit/nsider.php
- James Hurst and Miklos Perlus of Degrassi:TNG won the award
for best youth series (for the Mercy Street episode) at the 2005 Canadian Screenwriting Awards (18 April 2005). Source:
Writers Guild of Canada http://www.wgc.ca/
19 April 2005
18 April 2005
Time flies by so quickly! The Degrassi cast has already
come back together to begin Season 5. Filming starts in May, but the cast has read through 501 and 502, and the crew is getting
everything set for filming to begin.
Official confirmation from Executive Producer: "I've
been off at a television convention (hehe, in the south of France) and boy do people around the world love Degrassi!
this week I'm heading down to Los Angeles and maybe after returning we can give you a hint about what the potential big thing
that might be hppening htis year is.
In the meantime, the writers are busy writing, because we're only a few weeks
away from starting to shoot Season 5!!! We just had a read-through of 501 and 502, it was great to see the cast again, and
see how they've grown again over the winter!"
13 April 2005
11 April 2005 LOTS of News Today!!!!
Degrassi.tv is letting fans ask the Degrassi cast anything
they want! The questions will be part of a season five cast questionnaire. If you want to participate, log on to Degrassi.tv
and proceed directly to the "clubs" section. From there, "search clubs" for the following: "Ask a Degrassi Cast Member...Anything!!"
The address for this thread is http://www.degrassi.tv/view.jsp?MTID=609939 but you might not be able to link directly to the site.
10 April 2005
FUNimation has a site that give you a lot to look forward to with the 21 June release of season two on DVD!
8 April 2005
Until it is OFFICIALLY
announced by Degrassi.tv, we will be unable to confirm or deny if Daniel Clark will be returning to Degrassi
for Season 5. We apologize for any confusion. According to tvtome.com, Daniel is not coming back, but
the Executive Producer has said in the past that tvtome.com is frequently wrong. Therefore, we have no idea if Daniel is coming
back or not. We will let you now as soon as any official announcement is made.
In Other News (for 8 April 2005)
You can now pre-order Season Two of Degrassi: The Next Generation from Amazon. The DVD will officially be on sale 21 June 2005.
3 April 2005
2 April 2005
There are some rumours
that Jake Epstein might make an appearance at the Kids' Choice Awards on Sunday. Apparently, he's attended it before.
IF he is on (and we're not making any promises) it will be on Nickelodeon on Saturday, 2 April (TODAY!) at 8/7 Central. For
more information see the Kids' Choice site at http://www.nick.com/all_nick/specials/kca_2005/
30 March 2005
Degrassi will be releasing
Season Two on DVD this summer.
An OFFICIAL book
entitled Degrassi Genernations will be out this summer. It will give the "411" (according to the cover) about Degrassi: TNG,
along with the previous incarnations of Degrassi, and features a forward by Kevin Smith.
An OFFICIAL planner
will be out this summer.
News might be somewhat
limited during April/May since Degrassi will not be airing on The-N or CTV during
that time, and season five filming does not begin until summer. We promise to give you all the latest news as soon as we hear
26 March 2005
22 March 2005
The rest of Season
Four will air on The-N this summer, following the precedent set in previous seasons.
Ephraim Ellis (Rick)
was in "I Do, But They Don't" on ABC Family (USA) on the 20th. ABC Family usually repeats it a couple of times, so you can
still see it.
19 March 2005
Degrassi will be in
the NEW YORK TIMES on Sunday, 20 March 2005 (tomorrow!). This is one of the most prestigious papers in the world, so congratulations
(You can get the paper
at Starbucks across the country, and newstands, including places like Borders)
from Degrassi.tv: "I have just received a preview fax copy of the Sunday New York Times Magazine which
will be coming out in two days (on Sunday naturally!)... it's pretty amazing, and I'm looking forward to seeing it for real...
a full six-page spread on Degrassi with some big pictures... and it's very complimentary!!! Yes, they don't come much more
prestigious than the Sunday NY Times Magazine... Woohoo!!!"
Look at 8 March news.
Apparently the article mentioned there might be this Sunday's New York Times Magazine. The magazine comes with the Sunday
New York Times. Outside of NYC you can easily find it at any Starbucks Coffe, plus certain newstands.
Cassie's album was
out yesterday. Have you bought it yet?
has not officially stated when they will be airing the rest of Season Four. The-N usually breaks the seasons into multiple
seasons, so it doesn't mean anything is wrong. It just means we have no idea when the Americans will be able to see a new
Degrassi . . . yet.
13 March 2005
There have been a
lot of rumours about Daniel Clark's return (or lack there-of). We would like to make it clear that there is absolutely NO
OFFICIAL news about Daniel. The cast will likely not be offically signed to contract until closer to filming (summer). Immediately
after we get OFFICIAL news about Daniel, we will be sure to post it here.
had the following to say about the rumours: "You should know for sure that the stuff on tvtome is fake. Everything that you
heard from there is simply fake! The one thing that happened last year which was not fake was when someone got a hold of the
script for 419 before it came out--that was compared to the million fake posts, so the odds of something being for real on
tvtome are about a million to one against!!
11 March 2005
8 March 2005
"A whole bunch
of the Degrassi cast were in today, because a photographer from a major U.S. publication (don't want to say which one because
I don't want to jinx having the story appear!) was at the studio to do some photos for a large story!" (Source: Degrassi.tv, execproducer)
1 March 2005
27 Feb 2005:
- Jake Epstein will be on the
"Musical Influences" episode of Radio Free Roscoe. It will air on 11 March on The-N and 23 March on Family (Canada).
- Lauren Collins will be on
both "In Charms Way" AND "Truth or Consequence" episodes of Radio Free Roscoe. Not
sure when those episodes will be aired.
13 Feb 2005:
- There WILL be a 5th
season of Degrassi!
- It has been OFFICIALLY confirmed.
- There will be 19 episodes.
- Director Kevin Smith (of Clerks,
Chasing Amy and Mallrats) will be a guest on a 3 episode arc (420, 421, 422) of Degrassi this season! He is a big fan (of
the original and new).
- Lauren Collins (Paige) and
Jake Epstein (Craig) will be guest stars on upcoming episodes of Radio Free Roscoe. The episodes have been filmed, but no
word yet on which episodes.
- It might be the 11 March
"Musical Influences" episode, but that's not confirmed