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  • Sneak peek pics of the next Degrassi!

    Posted on 03/21/2011 by Mary

    Alli Bhandari on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Hide and Seek pt. 2
    Alli isn't safe... on the next Degrassi: In Too Deep

    The new Degrassi flipbook is in, with sneak peek pics from Friday's episode.

    Take a look and drop your predictions for Alli, Holly J, and everyone else in the comments...

  • What '90s Shows Would You Bring Back?

    Posted on 03/20/2011 by Mary

    Melissa Joan Hart on Clarissa Explains It All
    Do you wish Clarissa would Explain It All to you again on TeenNick?

    The message boards are a-gurglin' with excitement over the retro '90s block we're planning. And like I said, everything's still in the planning stages right now so... that means now is a great time to pipe up!

    What '90s shows do YOU want to see come back?

  • Degrassi OMG: Alli Is No One's Little Problem

    Posted on 03/19/2011 by Mary

    Watching this kind of broke my heart -- in that it looks to the naked eye like Alli has discovered that YET another person doesn't have her back. It must be such a feeling of abject loneliness. Like, existential loneliness.

    But when I take a step back and think about it:
    - Yes, she had a terrible fight with Sav, but look at how hard he's trying to find her, look how worried he is about her.
    - Yes, her parents have been overly strict, but look at where that comes from -- the overwhelming urge to protect her. Their intention is love even if they're a little inept at it sometimes. Who isn't a little inept at love sometimes?
    - Yes, some people at Degrassi are talking behind her back but what about Clare? Or Dave? What about the friends who DID have her back? What about the friends who jumped on the football field and danced like jackasses in front of the whole school for her?

    I don't know. I don't mean to get all emo on you but the whole thing is making me think about how, even when you feel as alone in the world as Alli does right now... that doesn't mean you're actually alone. It's an illusion. You know?

    Roll call in the comments: Who are the people who really do have your back in this world, even if they screw up sometimes?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 03/18/2011 by Mary

    Was that Alexz Johnson you heard on Degrassi this week? Why yes, it was. Here's info on all of this week's Gigantic and Degrassi songs (including Degrassi music supervisor commentary -- all the quotes in italics).

    Amos the Transparent music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Greater Than Consequence" by Amos the Transparent
    From the scene where Holly J is starting to completely lose it at Little Miss Steaks.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This is a band you should get to know. Hailing from one of our hometowns, our capital Ottawa, these musicians form an emotional powerhouse, diving into the subject without fear or hesitation. If you're lucky enough to see them live, you may hear them rock this song out with electric guitars and a passionate chorus."

    "Boogie Love" by Alexz Johnson
    The song that plays pretty much whenever Wesley pogos.
    " This song stands alone here, offering its fun perspective to Wesley and his tribulations. But Alexz Johnson's album Voodoo is a portrait of the artist, of which this fun part is a small piece. The rest is delicate and intricate, stories of places and people, and one of our most memorable albums of the summer. Of course, there's that whole Instant Star thing too!"

    "A World Too Big" by Jamie Bramble
    From the scene where Alli's looking at her "facerange" page, missing everyone.
    "Jamie Bramble came to us via an Australian named Jamie Brammah (similar name, different guy). Jamie (Brammah) got up at 4am to drive to the office to chat about music, so we knew he had to have some good tunes. Jamie Bramble paints pictures with his music, and we think the phone call was worth it."

    Official Hot Mess music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "The Edge" by Official Hot Mess
    • "Born to Party" by Julia Michaels
    • You can hear samples of these songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Best Gigantic Scene Ever: The Fake Cry

    Posted on 03/18/2011 by Mary

    Heads up: this is my favorite scene from Gigantic so far. I mean I loved it when Piper told the paps to kiss her fat ass, but this one... this one has layers.

    Be honest... how good are you at fake crying? (Personally, I'm such a hair-trigger crier that I don't necessarily have to fake it... it just kind of happens. Whether I like it or not. Which, admittedly, has worked to my advantage once or twice.)

  • Degrassi: Hide and Seek pt 1 - Let's Break It Down

    Posted on 03/18/2011 by Mary

    This blog has SPOILERS DOWN THERE so don't scroll down 'til you've watched the new episode. You've been warned. If you've already watched... we got some talking to do.


    Alli Bhandari on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Hide and Seek pt. 1

    1) Reading your "yes, I am as stressed as Holly J" comments on yesterday's blog made me so worried! I mean Holly J is a fictional character and I'm worried for her too, but people! You! Real people! Take some serious "100% unscheduled me time" this weekend! It's almost spring and you have to. I am hereby forcing you.

    2) So, remember that scene where Alli was looking at her "facerange" and there was a mix of comments on it, where some people were showing concern and some people were like "I'm glad she's gone," or "the dress code is her fault"? That made me go ruh ruh like a dungeon dragon. They were just like "la la, I'm posting something funny on the Intornets that my friends will click 'like' on" rather than, "la la, a real human being is in so much emotional pain that they have put themselves in danger and I am making fun of it and kicking them while they're down." The internet sucks sometimes.

    But at least some people are nice.

    3) I love that 12 year old Wesley wrote 16 year old Wesley a note. I heard about this site where you can write an email to yourself in the future and it'll deliver it to you on the date you set. (OK... the internet rules sometimes, too.) I'm not gonna link to it right here because on the site, some people choose to make their letters public on the front page, and one I just saw has what we in the biz call "inappropriate language" but if that's ok with you, search the web for "Future Me".

    Anyway, what did the you of four years ago think the you of today was going to be like? And were You of the Past wrong, or right, or somewhere in between?

    4) I can't be the only person who was thinking the whole time "Omgomg what if Holly J is pregnant?" WHEW. Except, eek, 'cause if it's not that... whatever it is doesn't look good, either. What are your guesses about what's up?

    5) "I stood next to a dude that stabbed a guy that everyone LOVED, and then I had to go to that guy's school." - Johnny DiMarco. You know... I never really thought about the fact that going to Degrassi must have been scary as hell for Johnny.

  • Friday's Degrassi: Watch the first scene!

    Posted on 03/17/2011 by Mary

    Holly J is a relatively predictable person. She has her life in order. She has overachieving down to a science. But... something in her equation must be off...

    Question: Who out there is feeling a little like Holly J right now... ie, tired, stressed, and overloaded? Exhale in the comments...

  • Black Eyed Peas to Perform at the KCA!

    Posted on 03/16/2011 by Mary

    The Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl Halftime, not the KCAs
    The Black Eyed Peas at Super Bowl Halftime, which is like the KCAs but less slime and less fun.

    The Black Eyed Peas are confirmed to perform at the KCA this year! Also confirmed to appear are approximately 1 billion other famous celebrities including:
    Jack Black (he's hosting)
    Chairman Nick Cannon
    Jane Lynch and Cory Monteith from Glee
    Jaden Smith
    Russell Brand
    Shaun White
    And like I said, somewhere around a billion more.

    Tell us in the comments... do you love the Black Eyed Peas, are they your guilty pleasure, or... do you believe that if you can't say something nice you shouldn't say anything at all?

    I still kinda get chills when I think about that 25,000 person "I Gotta Feeling" flash mob on Oprah that time...

    Oh and don't forget to cast your votes for your 2011 KCA Favorites!

  • Degrassi Interview: Charlotte Arnold, aka Holly J

    Posted on 03/16/2011 by Mary

    Find out what Charlotte and Holly J have in common! Besides being the exact same height and having the exact same hair color.

    It's no secret: I think Charlotte Arnold is pretty much the bomb. If you want to hear more from her, check out these other Charlotte Arnold posts with other interviews and observations of her.

    And/or help yourself to an eyeful of this totes gorge pic of her from Vegas Night.

    Charlotte Arnold as Holly J on Degrassi, in a tiara, at Vegas night.
    Charlotte Arnold rocks the Vegas Night tiara, as Holly J on Degrassi.

  • Overheard on Friday's Degrassi...

    Posted on 03/15/2011 by Mary

    "But no offense, you've kind of been a drag." -- ???

    Don't you love it when people say "no offense" right before or after they insult you? (Lisa HATES it... Actually I believe the word she used was "DESPISE".)

    Anyway, what are your guesses as to whose mouth this will come out of Friday night?