30 April 2006
Stacey Farber (Ellie), Miriam McDonald (Emma), Stefan Brogren (Mr. Simpson) and Degrassi's Executiver
Producer Stephen Stohn are at the Toronto Comic Convention today. Here's what the Executive Producer had to say:
Just getting ready to head down to to the Toronto Comic Convention--there's a booth where
Stacey and Miriam and Stefan will be signing autographs, and we're sitting on a panel to discuss the Degrassi: Extra Credit
graphic novels. I've never been to a comic convention before--really looking forward to it!
26 April 2006
Degrassi Executive Producer Stephen Stohn released the biggest hint that graduating characters will
be returning for the upcoming season:
"Not sure where people are getting the idea that this will be the last season, or that
we won't be carrying on with storylines featuring characters who have graduated!" (From degrassi.tv)
24 April 2006 - later in the day
There's an interview with Stacey Farber (Ellie) here. (Thanks Alanacora0393). You can also download it via iTunes (search for "tommy2.net")
24 April 2006
There's a great article about Degrassi's portrayal of homosexuality.
Here's an article about Jamie Johnston. Also, his official site is offering fans a chance to pick his next headshot.
18 April 2006
Jamie Johnston's official site was recently updated. There's a good article that gives some insight into Jamie, new pictures (from the 100th episode screening), and Jamie was in Italy recently.
15 April 2006
Degrassi's Executive Producer has announced a tentative title for another episode of Season Six:
Episode 603 - Can't Hardly Wait
The previously announced episode titles are:
Episode 601- Here Comes Your Man--Part 1
Episode 602 - Here Comes Your
14 April 2006 - Exciting news!
According to Aubrey Graham's (Jimmy) myspace page, Aubrey has officially signed up to do another season
of Degrassi and there WILL be a mall tour this summer. Here's the word from the man himself:
"I have also committed to one more season of Degrassi so I guess I will see you all at the mall tours!
Lets shut it down this year...I wanna see chaos! lol."
In other Aubrey news, he will be at Club Exit in Montreal TODAY. He will be visiting
friends in the States in next week in Virginia Beach, Richmond, Washington DC and Baltimore. He is also working on a new mixtape
and is working on his debut album. More detailed information can be found here.
11 April 2006
There's an article about Lauren Collins (Paige) in People Magazine (which is a pretty huge
deal, celebrity wise). You can read the article here.
9 April 2006
Take the Lead, a movie starring Antonio Banderes and featuring Lauren Collins
(Paige) was released on Friday. Lauren has been getting a lot of great press for her performance.
Here's a sample.
Teen People has an interview with Miriam McDonald (Emma) here.
8 April 2006
At the Degrassi On Demand page, you can watch an interview with Lauren Collins where she hints that some of
the graduating characters (Paige, Ellie, Jimmy, Craig, Hazel) WILL be back for Season Six.
She doesn't say which characters, but she does say. "I guess it's safe to say that even though some of the characters
are graduating, it won't be the last you see of them."
There's an interview with Lauren Collins (Paige) at tommy2.net (Thanks Alanacora0393). You can also download it through iTunes as a podcast.
Degrassi got a write up in this week's Entertainment Magazine. Here's a review of Lexicon of Love
(I & II):
Degrassi: The Next Generation (The N, TV-PG) The ''second half of season 5'' (cable-TV skeds —
gotta love 'em) of this Canadian high school serial bows with an hour-long edition that finds Paige smooching Alex (for non-devotees,
that's girl-on-girl action). Director Kevin Smith (left, with Lauren Collins), whose love for Degrassi rivals that
of Joss Whedon's for Veronica Mars (enthusiastic to the point of unsettling) finally wraps up his story line about
making a Degrassi High-set comedy. And, oh yeah, Emma's stepfather/teacher, Snake, makes out with the (female) principal.
What is it with this nebbishy midlife-crisis guy that he gets all the action? Is being called Snake a Canadian turn-on? Suggested
series retitle: Dehormones: The Next Regeneration. A- —Ken Tucker
7 April 2006
Starting today, The-N.com launched Degrassi On Demand, meaning fans can watch Degrassi whenever they
want. Check it out here.
There's some new information about SEASON SIX out today, thanks to Degrassi.tv. The theme
song will remain the same but the opening sequence will be different. There will likely be 19
episodes in Season Six, but at the very least there will be 13. Here's the official word from Stephen Stohn:
Yes there will be
a new opening sequence this year,, but we will keep the Jakalope version of the theme song. I like it, and besides Jakalope
is one of my favourite bands of all time, they are so cool. They have a new album coming out in a couple of months that I
think will be a monster!
Exactly what will be in the opening sequence depends a bit on how many episodes we shoot
(and hence how many storylines we can include). Right now it looks like we'll be doing 19, but nothing is absolutely confirmed--we
know it is a minimum of 13.
Linda and I are going to sit around the tv tonight with a big bowl of popcorn and watch
the new eps of Degrassi and Instant Star on The N, should be fun!
There was a great N'Sider today. Here are the Degrassi parts:
I have to say, I am so happy for and proud of Lauren Collins right now. I just finished reading a review
of Take the Lead that called her "buoyant" (that's movie-critic-ese for "me likey, she nice nice"), and people seem
really stoked on that movie in general. And it's such a non-Paigey role, so cool to see how she really can inhabit different
characters and make them glow and I just think she as a human being is a sweetheart, and a doll, and a smart young thing on
top of that, and Hollywood needs more of those. (Right Pink?)
Actually... when I think about it, is Paige even a "Paigey" role? As we see tonight, she has so many
layers, it's hard to define her qualities of Paigeness... except maybe strength. Strength and funny lines. And fantastic shoes.
Here's a share-share for you: Lauren was telling us about her night on the red carpet at the Take the Lead
premiere this Tuesday, and she said, "I think my favourite moment was when a reporter from In Style grabbed me right
in front of Antonio to talk about Degrassi, 'cause she is obsessed with the show." Hee! Take a number, lady! And Lauren
also made special mention of the fans that had waited out there to see her... you guys really touched her. And I have to say,
I believe her 100% percent when she talks about how awesome the Degrassi fans are and how much she loves them. I guess it's
not hard to believe - we love Degrassi fans too. And not just for business reasons, I swear. It makes me feel so indescribably
good to know that you guys appreciate a show that's so real. I get a little verklempt, frankly.
6 April 2006
Just as a reminder, 511 - 512 Lexicon of Love (I & II) airs TOMORROW night on The-N. It
will be followed by an Instant Star episode featuring Stacey Farber (Ellie) and Aubrey Graham
(Jimmy) playing themselves. Also, Take The Lead, featuring Lauren Collins (Paige) is out
in theatres tomorrow.
There's a new article about Degrassi out in the New York Times here.
The-N.com just released some new mobile phone wallpapers.
The-N'side Track Newsletter will be releasing some personal photos of Lauren Collins
(Paige) tomorrow. For those who don't get The-N'side Track Newsletter, Degrassi Freak will try to hook you up.
The girls of Degrassi are featured in Fashion18 magazine's brand new digital-only format.
Here's more information on the format, and here's the magazine.
Here's an article about Degrassi's ratings and how it is increasing viewers of The-N.
Andrea Lewis (Hazel) will be performing at World Vision's 30 Hour Famine Fight Hunger concert on 8
April sometime between 7:00 pm and 9:00pm at Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto. More information here.
Selling Innocence, a movie featuring Mike Lobel (Jay), will be airing on CTV on
8 April at 8 pm Eastern.
Here are some pictures of the CTV screening of Degrassi's 100th episode.
5 April 2006
Degrassi Executive Producer Stephen Stohn has released the preliminary titles for the first two episodes
of Season SIX. Here they are:
601 "Here Comes Your Man--Part 1"
Episode 602 "Here Comes Your Man--Part 2"
The past couple of days The-N's Countdown to Degrassi has had some really cool yearbook-type pages about Paige/Lauren, Ellie/Stacey, Jimmy/Aubrey and Craig/Jake. Check 'em out.
For those of you who can't access The-N.com or don't want to struggle through reading handwriting (*cough*AubreyJake*cough*)
you can check this out.
4 April 2006
There's a great audio interview with Miriam McDonald (Emma) here. (Thanks Alanacora0393!) You
can also download the interview at iTunes; search "tommy2.net" and look for "Miriam McDonald - Degrassi").
2 April 2006
The-N has been airing an advertisement about watching Degrassi "whenever you want" and saying the
details will be released during the Degrassi season premiere on Friday. There are no confirmations, but it MIGHT
mean that Degrassi episodes will be available for download via iTunes. Once again, this is NOT confirmed. Check back on Friday
01 April 2006
The newest webisode is out now. It's a "What If" episode. So if you've ever wondered what it would
be like if Paige and Liberty switched places, now you know.
29 March 2006
The Season Three DVD is out now. You can buy it in stores, and online.
As part of the Seventeen "Rock the Runway" tour, Miriam McDonald (Emma) will be in Woodbridge,
New Jersey at the Woodbridge Center on 1 April. Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty) will
be in Alpharetta, Georgia at the Northpoint Mall on 7 April. Find more information here.
As part of The-N's Countdown to Degrassi, a HUGE number of things are happening over at the-n.com
and on The-N. The-N will have a week of Degrassi episodes. Here is the rundown:
- Friday, 31 March and Saturday 1 April: Rundown of The-N's opinion of the "best" Degrassi episodes
- Sunday, 2 April at 8 pm ET: Episodes focusing on Paige
- Monday, 3 April at 8 pm ET: Episodes focusing on Jimmy
- Tuesday, 4 April at 8 pm ET: Episodes focusing on Ellie
- Wednesday, 5 April at 8 pm ET: Episodes focusing on Craig
- Thursday, 6 April at 8 pm ET: All the Season Five episodes that have aired thus far
- Friday, 7 April at 8 pm ET: Rest of Season Five premiere! (i.e. The Lexicon of Love), followed
by an episode of Instant Star featuring Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) and Stacey Farber (Ellie).
Over at The-N.com there will be:
- New pictures
- Personality Quiz
- Some sort of secret that is watchable
26 March 2006
According to Miriam McDonald (Emma), Daniel Clark (Sean) WILL be back for Season Six. It was confirmed
in a recent IMterview on The-N.com: (You can read the full IMterview here)
i heard daniel was back?
what's up with that?
( * )Miriam: LOL
( * )Miriam: Yea!!!
i was talking to him online the other day. he is in LA right now but I think he'll being making a return,
and maaaayyyybbbbeee some old flames will be re-kindled!
25 March 2006
Please see here for a message from Degrassi's Executive Producer.
24 March 2006
On 7 April, Stacey Farber (Ellie) and Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) will be appearing on Instant Star. Here's
the official confirmation from Degrassi's Executive Producer:
"yes Aubrey and Stacey are playing themselves on Instant Star!"
23 March 2006
Message from Degrassi's Executive Producer:
On some other topics, I didn't know that ABC hadn't aired beyond
Season 3 yet--it's also sold to a satellite service serving Australia, I think Nickelodeon, but in any even I know that the
recent seasons HAVE been licensed for Australia I guess they haven't shown them yet though (their peak time for broadcast
in the past has been during the North American summer, so maybe there's something coming up).
As for whether Joey
and Caitlin are going to be appearing, I can't even drop a hint on that because we haven't come up with storylines for the
new season yet, we're still just finalizing who is in the writing department! There's been brainstorming so there's lots of
ideas on the table, but nothing set in stone yet!
18 March 2006
The-N.com launched their Countdown to Degrassi Page, which will have a new Degrassi-related thing every day until the 7 April (rest of Season Five) Season Premiere.
RIght now you can take a Degrassi trivia quiz and check out some new photos.
You can find TONS of pictures of the CTV celebration of Degrassi's
100th episode here.
16 March 2006 - later in the day
Message from Degassi's Executive Producer over at degrassi.tv:
Looking forward to the Degrassi screening today--it will be gerat to see the cast , we
haven't been together in a while.
I just got a copy of this week's Canadian TV Guide--wow what a grat picture of Miriam
on the front cover, and what an excellent writer she is!
And I too noticed that there wasn't a "To Be Continued" (which
obviously would be a mistake)--I was watching on the high definition version, don't know if it is possible there are two versions
(if someone has a screen cap with it on then there must be), anyway maybe someday it will become a trivia question!
For me it was incredible fun being at the screening, a lot because
I got to catch up with so many of the cast members. While the episodes were being shown we had an offiial cutting of a Degrassi
100th episode cake that CTV had brought (and then we all ate pizza for lunch). The when the autograph signings were happening
I liked standing by the table and just watching and talking to the fans as they came through.
16 March 2006
The-N just put out a major press release about resuming airing of Degrassi and the major 21-day Countdown
to Degrassi on The-N and The-N.com. The press release is located here.
15 March 2006
CTV just put out a press release about the 100th episode here.
14 March 2006
There's a great article about the 100th episode (and season finale!) of Degrassi (with only some mini spoilers).
Degrassi: The Next Generation has been nominated at the Young Artist Awards for "Best Young Ensemble
Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)". The actors included in the nomination are Dalmar Abuzeid (Danny),
Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty), John Bregar (Dylan), Deanna Casaluce (Alex), Daniel Clark (Sean), Lauren Collins (Paige),
Ryan Cooley (JT), Jake Epstein (Craig), Stacey Farber (Ellie), Aubrey Graham (Jimmy), Jake Goldsbie (Toby), Shenae Grimes
(Darcy), Jamie Johnston (Peter), Shane Kippell (Spinner), Andrea Lewis (Hazel), Mike Lobell (Jay), Miriam McDonald (Emma),
Melissa McIntyre (Ashley), Daniel Morrison (Chris), Adamo Ruggiero (Marco), and Cassie Steele (Manny). Congrats!
Degrassi Freak will let everyone know when the winners are announced.
Drake's (Jimmy) website has been updated with a tracklisting for his CD.
11 March 2006
If you're able to travel to Downtown Toronto easily, you can apply to attend a pre-screening of Degrassi's
100th episode with Degrassi cast members! The contest is located here. (Thanks Jess)
The next Director's Cut of a Degrassi episode will be 303 U Got the Look. The-N originally
cut out some scenes of Manny's butt, so that's likey what we'll see.
From Friday until the the premiere of the rest of Season Five on The-N (7 April 2006), The-N.com wil
have "some new Degrassi thing" every day. According to The-N'Sider, "it's good, new stuff,
not cheap crap that other, lesser networks might pawn off on you. We're talking never-before-seen video, IMterviews, flipbooks,
and other even better stuff."
10 March 2006
There are some great pictures of the female Degrassi cast members here.
4 March 2006
It has been OFFICIALLY CONFIRMED! There WILL be a Season Six of Degrassi! There will be at least 13 episodes. Here
is the official confirmation from Degrassi's Executive Producer Stephen Stohn:
"We have just received official word that there will be a Season 6 of Degrassi!
The exact number
of episodes is still being discussed, but it will be at least 13!"
The next Director's Cut episode of Degrassi to air on The-N will be 102 Mother
and Child Reunion II. The-N originally cut out some scenes of Emma stuck in a room with Jordan, so that's likely
what will be aired.
2 March 2006
The-N acquired the programming rights to Summerland and Dawson's Creek, and will begin airing them this summer.
The Degrassi-related aspect of this news is the fact that it lists the premiere dates of some of the shows airing this summer (though not
the Degrassi premiere). It implies that the rest of Season Five will begin airing sometime in June. Note that the date is
still not confirmed.
Canadian viewers might be getting another channel to watch Degrassi on. CTV will
be relaunching a Canadian version of MTV. Due to rules requiring 71% of all programming to be Canadian, and the fact
that The-N is part of MTV, Degrassi will likely air on that channel as well as CTV. Read the full story here.
1 March 2006 - Part Deux
There's been a MASSIVE update to DoDegrassi.com so do check it out. It the coming weeks, there will be new messageboards, a "Promote" section giving you the chance to win free
goodies (banners and images for blogs, myspaces and such), videos, and Do Degrassi will hopefully be revealing soon
when Season Five will finish airing on The-N.
The Seventeen Rock The Runway Tour will be going to New Jersey on 1 April, and a Degrassi cast member
will be there.
1 March 2006
There's a MASSIVE new press release out (click here), with all sorts of goodies (read: spoilers). The last episode of Season Five is a fairly large deal, as it marks
the 100th episode of The Next Generation, and the first TNG graduation. Be careful of spoilers when you read the article,
but know that some characters will be coming back, one or two might not be graduating, a couple from the past will
reunite and a few will break up.
Cassie Steele and Miriam McDonald will be on the cover of Fashion 18 (Canadian teen fashion
magazine) this March. More about Fashion 18 here.
28 February 2006
Degrassi Executive Producer Linda Schuyler has been in the hospital for a "serious operation" and
will be spending the next month recovering at home. Here's information from her husband (Executive Producer
Stephen Stohn), posted on degrassi.tv:
"I haven't been on here as much in the last little while because my wife Linda (the OTHER
executive producer) was in the hospital for a serious operation--she is going to be fine, in fact better than ever, but she's
having to recover at home for a month, so I've got kind of double duty both at the studio and at home for a while... but I've
enjoyed the last few pages of comments, this thread is firing up as we head to the magic 30,000!!! "
27 February 2006
The first Director's Cut Degrassi episode will be 205 Weird Science. The-N had originally
out Spinner's erection from that episode, so that's likely what we'll be seeing.
Jamie Johnston's (Peter) official website would like to make it clear that Jamie does NOT have a myspace
Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) will be in LA for 6 days starting Wednesday. He'll be at the Soul Train Music
26 February 2006
HOPEFULLY, we will know whether or not Degrassi has been renewed for a Season Six by NEXT week, according
to Degrassi's Executive Producer.
Starting 3 March, The-N will air the first of three Director's Cuts of Degrassi episodes
(with the other two on 10 March and 17 March, respectively). Director's Cuts means that the episodes will not be chopped
up, edited or otherwise censored. No word yet on which episodes will be aired.
There's an article with Cassie Steele (Manny) in a Canadian fashion magazine here.
21 February 2006
There are quite a few reactions to the latest Degrassi episode that aired in Canada (Our Lips Are
Sealed), especially due to the fact it dealt with eating disorders. Read about it in the Winnipeg Sun, Canoe.ca, Les Nouvelles Saint-Laurent, and London Free Press, among others.
Jamie Johnston answered questions sent in to his website and you can read his answers here.
18 February 2006
There's a great article from the Gonzaga Bulletin up about Degrassi appealing to adult viewers. Check it out.
Degrassi's Executive Producer gave some more information about the Webisodes (regarding
who is involved in creating them) and mentioned how much he enjoys The-NSider at The-N.com. Here's his post:
Just below the webisode on The
N is a little "credits" and if you click on that you can see who worked on the webisodes--pretty much all the top writers,
actors, editors etc. and many many others who work on the Degrassi tv series pitched in and worked on the webisodes...
p.s. just checked out that N-sider
blog--you're right, it's pretty amusing!
17 February 2006
The new webisode Don't You Forget About Me (II) is out, and even Degrassi Executive Producer
is super excited about it: "hehe, I was waiting for what
everyone thought of the ending to this week's webisode!"
The-Seth wrote an entertaining The-Nsider today. Here's the Degrassi section of it:
Speaking of the new Degrassi Mini, Sean's
back again. I guess he never left. And have you noticed that Jay's enthusiasm for Sean seems to have crossed over and become
a total man crush? Come to think of it, Jay had a little bit of a man crush on Spinner too, because he got all pissy and jealous
when Darcy started taking Spinner away. Some might say that Jay needs a toady to feel secure about himself, but I think the
truth is that Jay secretly wants to BE the toady. Seriously, I bet you could prove that theory by deconstructing the hierarchy
of the Montreal
crew. The pecking order from top to bottom probably breaks down something like: Marc, Alphonse, Benoît, Yves, Jean-Luc, Antoinette,
Actually, that's a spin-off we should do
too. The Montreal Crew. This is a fantastic idea. They
solve mysteries. No wait! Their van breaks down in the wilds of Nunavut
and they are pursued and eliminated one by one by some strange and unexplained force. Which later turns out to be the ghost
of Rick. Or Kendra. Is she dead?
I am going to be a rich millionaire.
16 February 2006
If you want an autographed picture of Jamie Johnston (Peter) check this out.
Here's a tidbit of information about the Season Three DVD from Degrassi's Executive Producer:
FYI, I've seen the line-up for the Season 3 DVD extras and approved them, including the
commentary and bloopers etc., but I don't have a copy of the completed DVD yet. Probably will get some copies just before
the official release date, but not this far ahead....
15 February 2006
The website for Take The Lead (movie featuring Lauren Collins (Paige)) has been updated. The movie will be out 7 April.
13 February 2006
Aubrey Drake Graham's (Jimmy) CD Room For Improvement can be bought here. In related news, if you request so when you order the CD, Drake will autograph it.
You can send a Degrassi Video Postcard here.
10 February 2006
There's an article from Comic Book Resource about the Degrassi Graphic Novels here.
9 February 2006
There's some massive movie news out today. According to The Globe and
Mail (a Canadian newspaper), the Degrassi movie is set to begin filming this spring. Here are some more details:
- Nickelodeon and Paramount films are both interested in producing (they are both owned by
Viacom, which also owns The-N, and The-N is a sister station to Nickelodeon).
- There is no final script, but the script will be made to fit in with events in the Degrassi universe.
- It will be filmed in Toronto.
The article (which is posted here) also included some information about the graphic novels. They will be 100 pages each. It does mention the first
books will be out this spring, but other sources are saying they'll be out in October.
7 February 2006
There's an article about Andrea Lewis' (Hazel) and Cassie Steele's (Manny) in the
University of North Carolina at Charlotte student newspaper. Check it out here.
There's a mention of the Degrassi Minis (Webisodes) here.
Message from Degrassi's Executive Producer:
I watched Lexicon of Love last night because they were re-running
it on CTV and must say it was one of my favourite episodes ever!
As to the eating disorder episodes, I'll be interested
after the shows run to see what you all think--a lot of thought did go into the episodes, and I'll be surprised if too many
of you think it's not realistic or in character!!! But who knows!!
3 February 2006
2 February 2006
There's a new CTV press release out. It reveals the subject matter in the two episode arc "Our Lips Are Sealed". WARNING
SPOILERS. Find a picture of the episode here.
Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) will be in next week's Urbanology Magazine. He will also be in LA next week for some Grammy post-show parties.
1 February 2006
During next weekend's "I Heart Love" marathon on The-N, there will be some Degrassi episodes aired. Here
are the dates, times, and episodes:
- 10 February from 7:00 to 8:30 pm Eastern Time there will be three episodes featuring Craig
- 10 February from 9:00 to 10:30 pm Eastern Time there will be three episodes featuring Sean
- 11 February from 11:00 pm to 12:30 am Eastern Time there will be three episodes featuring Jimmy
- 12 February from 9:00 to 10:30 pm Eastern there will be three episodes featuring Spinner
31 January 2006
If you wish to know more about the four Webisodes that will not be released until later in the year,
visit our Season Five page. BEWARE OF SPOILERS!
As of today, Degrassi is back on CTV! Hope all you Canucks enjoyed "I Against I".
The Degrassi Minis (Webisodes) will be airing on The-N.com for everyone (who hasn't yet
seen them) on 3 February. During that airing, there will be credits added to the webisode. Here's a post from the
Yes, as producer Stefan coordinated the Degrassi Minis, so he was involved in pretty
much all aspects of the production. Because these types of webisodes have never been produced before, or at least not in Canada,
a lot of my time was spent negotiating with the various unions, and trying to figure out the budget for the production, and
clearing all the necessary rights for all the various platforms they may be made available on. When the actual release comes
out on February 3 (i.e. last Friday was a sneak peak) we'll have a complete credit list available on the download page--you
are quite right that the list is cut down from our normal crew (still it's pretty large!), but pretty much includes many of
the key writers and other contributors to the tv series...
The-N just sent out a Press Release about the Webisodes. Check that out here. The Webisodes (a.k.a. Degrassi Minis) will air every Friday at The-N.com from
now until 17 March. Stefan Brogren (Snake/Mr. Simpson) produced the Webisodes. As stated earlier by degrassi.tv (see
News on 29 January) four of twelve episodes will not be released until later in the year.
Starting 14 February, Drake's [a.k.a. Aubrey Graham (Jimmy)] debut album Room For Improvement
will be available at http://www.thisisdrake.com
. He will be recording a video for his single "Do What You Do" in March.
For those of you who are curious, the Webisodes were shot on video (Degrassi is usually shot on
film). Also, the last 4 webisodes will not be released for a while after the first 8, to coincide
with events in the actual episodes.
Degrassi is still "strongly hoping and thinking that [they] will be picked up" for a Season Six.
Here's the latest post from Degrassi's Executive Producer:
We made the webisodes, so that isn't why they look different.
There are two main reasons. One is that we shot them after the end of our film shoot last season, so we shot them on video
not film. We could have used a computerized process to make them look more like film, but I thought by the time they were
processed via the web that the quality would probably go down anyway so that it wouldn't matter. I was wrong! The second is
more subtle--because the size of the screen (whether it is on web browser window or on a cellphone or iPod) is so much smaller
than a tv screen, we used mostly close-up shots--so we don't have the same number of longshots, or even medium close-ups in
which you can see extras moving around in the background. So it is definitely a different feel. I like it, in the sense that
it is more intimate. But it is definitely different!
And to answer a question, there are 12 webisodes in total, so
4 of those 12 will be held back a bit (not TOO long). They are a bit different from the others and will surprise you, and
it will be worth the wait I'm pretty sure!
And to answer another question, yes we are engaged in serious discussions
about all sorts of different ways that the webisodes and the tv series itself could be delivered, in addition to via tv or
We have to start brainstorming and writing for the new season
even before we are picked up--because if we waited until we were picked up there isn't enough time to do a proper job of writing
and producing the episodes in time for a Fall release. So, our brainstorming for next year (which we are doing on both Degrassi
and Instant Star) doesn't mean we are officially picked up. But it takes time and money and effort to do it, so we are strongly
hoping and thinking that we will be picked up! But nothing is certain in television!
28 January - later in the day
According to Degrassi's Executive Producer, most of the Websiodes (except for four), are
meant to fit into the timeline between episodes 510 (Redemption Song) and 511 (Lexicon of Love I).
Here's the Exec's post:
They do take place between episodes 510 and 511... as for Ellie not saying anything
to others, remember this is just the first webisode, others will follow! (But a hint, four of the webisodes are being held
back for a little while--they do NOT relate to that same time period!)
There's some new Degrassi pictures up over at degrassi.tv. Find them here.
You can hear a podcast from Andrea Lewis (for Touch Entertainment and Music) here.
Remember, you have until 31 January to ask Jamie Johnston (Peter) a question, that he might
just answer over at his official site. Send your questions to him at firstname.lastname@example.org
Even Degrassi's Executive Producer Stephen Stohn didn't get his The-N'Side Track Newsletter on time.
Hopefully by now everyone's been able to see it.
Here's the Executive Producer's latest post, which lets everyone (who hasn't already seen) that the Webisode
marks the return of a Degrassi cast member. Also, Canadians will be getting the Webisodes, albeit
in a different form than the US (of course Canadians can always watch the Webisodes at The-N.com). Here's the post:
That was a good hint about who returns in High Fidelity! Meanwhile...
someone returns in the first Degrassi Mini webisode... there's a sneak peak tonight in the U.S.,
while in Canada the Degrassi Minis will come soon, but in a different way
than they are released in the U.S.
The first Degrassi webisode premiered tonight. For those of you who didn't get The-N'Side track newsletter (which happens
to be a lot of people), you can watch it here
Miriam McDonald (Emma) was at the taping of Instant Star: Backstage Pass (which
aired on The-N tonight, but Miriam was not part of the show). You can read her description of her day on set here and under Degrassi Articles.
25 January 2006
Those Canadians who aren't signed up with The-N.com will be able to see the webisodes in the Great
White North; details are being firmed up right now.
From the Executive Producer:
Can't wait till Friday--at 6:00pm ET the first webisode is sneak-peaked
via The N, and then at 9:00pm ET The N is showing the Instant Star Backstage Pass... looking forward to how everyone feels
And tomorrow we have a big meeting to firm up the rollout of the Degrassi Minis here in Canada--it won't be too long from now, and there's some interesting
ideas on the table!
24 January 2006
Cassie Steele will be appearing at Canadian Music Week on 2 March. More information here.
Season Six seems to be even more of a possibility; the Degrassi writers have already
started brainstorming plot lines. One of those plot lines might be about Jordan, the older man who stalked Emma through
the Internet in the first episode of Degrassi.
There should be more pictures up on the Fan Pages at degrassi.tv shortly.
The first webisode (with a first-look on 27 January and the official premiere on 3 February)
will be entitled Don't You Forget About Me - Part I.
From the Executive Producer:
New photos are finally on their way to the Fan Pages, I'm hoping
by the end of this week! We've been shuffling things around in hamsters cage, and hopefully we'll be back on track soon. Also
trying to repair the Instant Star site, and hopefully that is going to be up and running by Friday also, so that both sites
will start to be in better shape in time for the Instant Star Backstage Pass special on The N, as well as the sneak peak at
the first webisode (which by the way is called "Don't You Forget About Me--Part 1"!!
Oh, and we're brainstorming ideas for Season 6 now--every year
we DO talk about a follow-up to the Jordan story, and we'll think about it again over the next couple of weeks, but we would
have to come up with a really believable and dramatic story before we could do it...
23 January 2006
The-N.com issued some clarification about the Webisodes. Apparently, to view the
webisodes on 27 January (THIS Friday), you need to be signed up for The-N'side Track Newsletter. Otherwise,
the episodes will be able to viewed by all starting 3 February. To receive The-N'side Track Newsletter, go to your
profile at The-N.com and make sure it says "Yes" next to "Receive emails from The N, like the N'Side
Track newsletter". If you don't have an account, you can sign up for one here. Once again, you don't have to have an account to see the Webisodes, but you'll have to wait until 3 February to
see them if you don't have an account.
22 January 2006
Andrea Lewis (Hazel) updated her official site. Here's what she had to say:
I had a great time hosting the Martin Luther King celebration,
over 2000 students gathered to "keep the dream alive", I also sang "Out of my mind" with a full orchestra and choir, pretty
Being spokesperson for "Sex on the Couch" was another fun and
interesting experience, a panel of experts interacted with over 500 students on all types of sexual issues. Some really great
questions and frank discussion. It was so much fun!!
I really enjoy the emails from everyone....keep them coming.
21 January 2006
Canada will be broadcasting the webisodes too (not sure in which format yet), according
to Degrassi.tv. Here's Exec's post:
The-N has been advertising the webisodes... and we're just making the arrangements for
the release of the webisodes in Canada, don't have the exact date for Canada yet.... it will be quite close behind The N,
but in this case The N will have them a bit before Canada...
20 January 2006
Here's Executive Producer Stephen Stohn's message from degrassi.tv:
I was on holiday for a couple of weeks, then out west at conferences about high definition
television, now back at it--yesterday we completed the sound mix for the last episode of this season, which is also the 100th
episode of DNG!! They had a big cake at the Technicolor labs where we do the sound mix, with a beautifuly detailed Degrassi:
The Next Generation logo made out of icing, and 100 candles!! (The final few minutes are emotional!!)
19 January 2006
The CTV airdates for the rest of Season Five have been announced. They've been posted up
in the Episode List and the Calendar; they are as follows:
- 514 I Against I: 30 January
- 515 Our Lips Are Sealed (I): 20 February
- 516 Our Lips Are Sealed (II): 27 February
- 517 Total Eclipse of the Heart: 6 March
- 518 High Fidelity (I): 13 March
- 519 High Fidelity (II): 20 March
Also, CTV viewers will get to see reruns of The Lexicon of Love (I & II). Part I will
be on 6 February, Part II will be on 13 February.
16 January 2006
Andrea Lewis (Hazel) updated her official site with a whole new layout and her latest appearances.
Check it out.
14 January 2006
Aubrey Graham (Jimmy) is continuing to work on his musical career (under his middle name Drake).
Some videos will be up soon. Check out his music here and if you like what you hear, help him out by e-mailing email@example.com and asking the DJ to play "Do What You Do" by Drake. Canadian artists have a really hard time
getting heard on the radio in Canada, because the media favors music from America, so hopefully Degrassi fans can help Aubrey
make it big.
13 January 2006- later in the day
The-N.com set up their mobile phone store today. Check it out here. Also, you can find more information at Degrassi Freak's Shop.
Andrea Lewis (Hazel) will be performing at a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration called
Keeping th Dream Alive on 16 January. It will be at Hamilton Place in Hamilton, Ontario from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.
13 January 2006
It's 13 days until the Canadian general election and Miriam McDonald (Emma) is looking forward to
voting for the first time. For a glimpse into her political views, and the views of the Labour and Conservative parties
on the arts, check this out.
Andrea Lewis (Hazel) will be hosting "a workshop on teen dating, sex and health at
the Women's Health Matters Forum at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre on Jan. 20, along with a panel of
experts in the field." Find more information here.
10 January 2006 - later in the day
CosmoGirl's website set up a blog with Jake Epstein (Craig) and one with Aubrey Graham (Jimmy).
It gives an awesome look into their lives. Check out Jake's here and Aubrey's here. (Thanks to Beautyqueen0393)
The Press Release about the Degrassi Graphic novels includes some great information. The first two novels will be released
in North America in October 2006. The novels will "pick up where the show left off, expanding on
plot elements from Degrassi: The Next Generation and weaving new adventures, challenges and life experiences seamlessly
into the DNG story". Also, ComicBookResources.com has some great pictures of the novels here and here. Note that the pictures are prototypes, and, according to Comic Book Resources, the actual novels will be
drawn to resemble the characters as they appear in Season Five.
10 January 2006
Jamie Johnston's official site also has some new pictures of him up here.
Mike Lobel posted the following up at his myspace page:
So, you have a chance now to fight for your ideals by voting. If you think that voting doesn't
change the way things are, you're wrong. The fact is that Canada has a disgracefully low voting turn out. The
youth that CAN vote are not voting. Do youself a favour by voting. You won't get what you want if you don't
tell anyone, think about it. If the only reason you are not voting is because you don't have all the information, go
to this website. http://www.elections.ca/content_youth.asp?section=yth&document=index&lang=e&textonly=false.
If you can vote you should. See you at the polls on January 23rd.
8 January 2006
Degrassi's Executive Producer confirmed that Degrassi has not yet been renewed for a Season Six,
but that signs are good. It might be March until anyone knows for sure. Here's what Exec said:
We won't hear officially whether we have been picked up for
Season 6 for a while yet. Last year it was close to March 1 before we heard. But since our ratings have gone up to their highest
levels ever, I'm pretty sure we'll be picked up, but then again in the television world you can never be certain about anything!
7 January 2006
Degrassi's Executive producer has revealed that the Webisodes will be approximately 2 minutes in
length. His post is as follows:
"I'm just about to return from holidays, and we have almost completed
the webisodes... I'll let The N describe what they are all about, it won't be long now, but I think you'll be very pleased.
It's not like having full half hour episodes of Degrassi of course, but it's nice to have little two-minute tastesa of the
show to bide the time until the full episodes are back!!!"
Starting Friday at The-N.com, visitors will be able to download Degrassi wallpapers for their mobile
phones. Here's a preview.
Starting next Friday at The-N.com, visitors will be able to download Degrassi ring tones for thier
mobile phones. Here's a preview.
On 27 January, Alexz Johnson from Instant Star will be performing a concert on
The-N. There MIGHT be a Degrassi cast member reporting from backstage, but that is unconfirmed; the only hint is
that The-Nsider said: "AND there's going to be a special guest backstage there AND he or she will take pictures
AND will report back to yinz on his or her own personal partaydowning. Who? Not saying. But he or she is someone you
know AND he or she looks good in a bathing suit." The-Seth frequently mentions how good Emma (Miriam McDonald) looks in a
bathing suit, so it could be her.
5 January 2006
Great article in City Pages, a newspaper from Minnesota, can be found here. Best part: “So what's a disappointed
viewer to do when the networks fail to deliver? Look to the north, my child. Seriously. The best show on TV right now is,
believe it or not, an earnest soap about teenage Canucks . . . I speak, of course, of Degrassi: The Next Generation,
a.k.a. Viewable Crack.”
5 January 2006
A newer and bigger picture of the Season Three DVD box art has been released here. Also, there will be commentary about episodes 304 - 305 (Pride).
2 January 2006
Some interesting news from The-N.com today:
To further confirm information that is already known, The-NSider wrote that the "fantastically awesome
Degrassi event" (a.k.a. "Secret Project") are the Webisodes. There will be 12 webisodes that will only
be able to be viewed on The-N.com. The webisodes contain all completely new material.
"Love Will Tear Us Apart" was the original title for "Modern Love" (418) and Marco originally
said "It's all vinegar under the bridge" after the Paige/Manny fight.
Here's The-NSider post about the webisodes: "Many
moons ago I mentioned that early this year there would be a "fantastically awesome Degrassi event." As you may have guessed
by now from seeing it mentioned on teevee, the event is in fact a series of "Degrassi Minis"—little mini Degrassi episodes
that you'll be able to see only on The-N.com. There will be twelve of them. The first one will be out in just a few weeks,
and trust me: they are worth the wait. They are COMPLETELY NEW and COMPLETELY ORIGINAL and COMPLETELY UNLIKE ANYTHING DEGRASSI
HAS EVER DONE BEFORE BECAUSE... actually I'm not sure that I'm allowed to tell you yet why they're completely different than
anything Degrassi's ever done before, and since there's nobody here for me to ask permission from since I'm increasingly sure
that I didn't have to work today, you'll just have to trust me. Which is fine because actually the BEST thing about the minis
is that the Canadians will not have seen them before you. These are ALL OURS. Which will make them all the better. Because
of the spite."
1 January 2006
The latest message from Degrassi's Executive Producer confirms that the "Special Project", in the
form of Webisodes, will be out in the middle of January. According to The-N.com, the first webisode will premiere
on 26 January 2006.
Degrassi's Executive Producer also wants fans to know that fan letters are received through degrassi.tv,
but only certain "interesting" ones make it to the cast, due to the large volume of letters.
Here's the Exec's latest post:
Happy New Year everyone!!!!
an undisclosed (and very warm) location somewhere in the free world]
p.s. even though I'm on holiday, I've been following
the progress of the completion of the Secret Project (i.e. the webisodes) which should be ready by the middle of January!!
The messages to the actors are
screened. In total there are about 4,000 - 5,000 per week that are received, so it would be impossible to send them all on
to the actors--but the ones that look interesting in the opinion of the screeners ARE sent on to the actors (and myself, in
the case of messages to me). Hope that clears it up!
The-N.com The-NSider posted two more Degrassi cast top tens: from Cassie Steele (Manny)
and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer (Liberty). Here they are:
CASSIE STEELE'S TOP BEST ACHIEVEMENT-TYPE
THINGS FROM 2005:
-degrassi hit their million viewer mark
-i dyed my hair
more than 5 colors
-i've found the best boyfriend in the world:)
-i finally watched desperate housewives (i am officailly
-i had the greatest sweet sixteen party
-i release my first album called "how much for happy"
-i went on
a tour for my album across canada with keisha chante & amanda stott, sponsored by bell mobility
-i made lunches and
bought blankets with my friends for homeless people around toronto.
-i got my christmas shopping done before december
reached my goal of reading more than 30 novels this year (including harry potter, it was greeeeat)
-i got through another
year, and experienced all the things i wanted, and things that i need to help me grow as a better person.
SARAH BARRABLE-TISHAUER'S TOP TEN TIME WASTERS OF 2005!
"because wasting time isn't always a bad thing"
Cheer! …as Madonna hits the top of the charts, again!
9. Cry! …as Six Feet Under wraps up their last season.
Pass! …on “Ugggh” Boots. They are so over!
7. Hope! …that Martha Stewart goes back to jail. Hey
– I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks her comeback was oh so LAME! I mean, come on, her line on the
Apprentice is “you don’t fit in!; somehow not as catchy as “you’re fired”!
6. Yawn! …as
Hollywood’s cutest couples break up (like we all didn’t
expect it!) Here’s to Brad & Jen, Nick &
Jess, Chad & Sofia and,
of course, Paris & Paris!
5. Flush! …“The OC” Season 3 down the toilet. What ever happened to the
awesomeness we witnessed in Season 1?
4. Dance! …to some of the catchiest songs of all time. (if you say you don’t
sing along to Hollaback Girl, We Belong Together, My Humps or 1,2 Step, you’re lying!)
3. Wonder! …why Nicole
was ever engaged to DJ AM and Christina ended up with Jordan!
These beauties could’ve done SO much better!
2. Flinch! …as Tom Cruise goes completely INSANE! What with all
the couch-surfing and almost killing Oprah, all I can say is…poor, poor Katie!
1. Don’t Cha want to……
Clench your fists! …as the Pussycat Dolls sing their one-hit-wonder for the 5 BILLIONTH time (with the exact same choreography,
I must add)!
Degrassi was the number one rated television show on The-N during 2005. The-N saw
a 35% increase in viewers (of the station in general), with a 33% increase in teen girl viewers and 58% increase in teen male
viewers. Full article here.
Lycos again cited Degrassi: The Next Generation as "one to watch in 2006", based on "growing
search queries". Full article here.
The Toronto Star mentioned Degrassi in it's yearly review of television, citing
it as one of the few Canadian-made shows that Canadians watch, due to Degrassi's "winning combination of talented performers
and proper time slot". Full article here.
Interesting article on After School Specials of the 80s and 90s. It does mention Degrassi briefly.