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  • Gigantic OMG: FIGHT! FIGHT!

    Posted on 04/10/2011 by Mary

    I suppose turning the other cheek when randos come up and hurl insults at you is part of the job of being Hollywood Royalty. Which makes it sound like one of the worst jobs ever. Looks like this week, the Moores and Katins were a li'l tired of cheek-turning.

    Highlights of this scene:
    - Getting to see Finn (attempt to) throw a punch.
    - Piper's elegantly laissez faire approach to fisticuffs.
    - And Joey the peacemaker completely losing his cool.

    Have you ever been in the middle of a huge fight breaking out? Tell us the story in the comments!

  • Degrassi OMG: Fiona Comes Out to Holly J

    Posted on 04/09/2011 by Lisa

    Fiona skips French class to have a heart-to-heart with Holly J.

    Fiona seems nervous to tell Holly J she likes girls, but Holly J takes it all in stride.

    Have any of your friends come out to you? How'd it go? Were you surprised -- or was it just another friendly conversation, like this one?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi and Gigantic

    Posted on 04/08/2011 by Mary

    Tons of great info on all of this week's Degrassi songs from their music supervisor! Check it out... (his quotes in italics).

    Ash Koley music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Mary The Inventor " by Ash Koley
    From the standardized test scene.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This scene went through many songs before we nailed this one. There were budget issues, tempo issues, vibe issues, nothing was working until Ash Koley graced our minds once more, and solved all our problems. Ash Koley came to perform an acoustic set in our office one day, and we've been in love ever since. If you freeze-frame on the test the students are taking online, you'll notice one of the math problems is about 'Mary' - a nice little present for you hardcore fans!"

    "Be My Girl" by Karyn Ellis
    The song playing during Fiona's dream at the top of the episode.
    " The Toronto artist Karyn Ellis and her sombre tones carried us in and out of Fiona's dream, and was the perfect lucid companion to Fiona's confusion and strife. It really felt like one of those songs you would listen to while you sleep, and would bleed into your subconscious and begin forming a dream around it. So we ask you, did Fiona dream about Holly J and think of this song, or was she listening to this song and it formed her dream about Holly J? You decide."

    "The Long Goodnight" by Dead Letter Chorus
    From Adam and Fiona's make-out slash break-up scene.
    "We first saw Dead Letter Chorus perform with Two Hours Traffic here in Toronto; this Australian band of troubadours tour the world stealing hearts. A blend of country, bluegrass, folk and alt-indie-rock, their beautiful harmonies help to paint the stories they tell, including one memorable story about the lead singer's mother not knowing she was adopted until just recently. The resulting music is heartbreaking, longing and boot-swinging all at once."

    "Soundtrack of My Life" by Less Than Jake
    From the studying montage.
    "Less than Jake reached out to us, and who would have known they are huge Degrassi fans? In fact the drummer, Vinnie Fiorello, founder of Paper+Plastick and Fueled By Ramen Records, told us it's one of his absolute favorite shows. We were thrilled to be in such good graces and absolutely had to find a spot for such an epic band. Much love to Less Than Jake from the Degrassi world."

    "Baby I Need You" by Kim Taylor
    From Fiona and Holly J's sleepover.
    "Such a sweet message, wrapped in such a tender musical package deserved some special attention and just the right picture to deliver it. That picture turned out to be tears and snuggling on the couch, and even if there were no secrets between Holly J and Fiona, it still would have made this moment as sincere and honest as it turned out."

    Von Iva music on TeenNick's Gigantic

    • "Living For It" by Von Iva
    • "GLS 08 Remix" by Salme Dalhstrom

    You can hear samples of both songs over on the Gigantic page.

  • Degrassi: Chasing Pavements, pt. 2 - Let's Discuss.

    Posted on 04/08/2011 by Mary

    THERE ARE SPOILERS YONDER, 'NEATH FIONA'S FACE, but fear not, for you can watch all of Degrassi: In Too Deep - Chasing Pavements, pt. 2 online in HD right now by clicking on those words there. When yr done, let's talk:

    Fiona on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Chasing Pavements pt. 2
    Fiona on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Chasing Pavements pt. 2

    1) Alli: "I don't know, how do you trick kids into studying?" Simpson: "You don't trick them! You just hope they're going to do it on their own accord. You always hope...." Haha poor Mr. Simpson. What are your true motivations for doing well in school? Your own personal growth? Not getting in trouble? Getting free tokens at Chuck E Cheese?

    2) I know a lot of us were pulling for Fadam because, like @rediwings32 tweeted to us @teennick:
    "I so want Adam to get the girl. He deserves it and Fiona deserves someone who will make her happy and treat her right."
    I was totally with you on that, rediwings32. But now that we know what Fiona really wants is to be with a girl... I think things have turned out for the best. Adam wants someone who will like him not for "being stuck in a girl's body", but for being the funny, sensitive, loyal, and understanding guy that he is. He's really only begun the process of transitioning from F to M... and I have a lot of hope that someday, he'll find a girl who loves him for who he really is -- a guy. What do you guys think of how things turned out this week?

    Also, because I know there's some confusion out there (I saw some in the comments last week): Adam doesn't want a lesbian girlfriend (like Fiona), because Adam isn't a lesbian -- he's a guy. A straight guy. If he were gay, he'd be into other guys (as some transgender guys are). He was born in a girl's body, but that body feels, at the core of his being, completely wrong for him. So Adam is now living and will continue to live as a guy, and he wants to date a girl who's into guys, because that's what his gender identity is. He's a he.

    3) Alli and Bianca giving each other a pound rather than a pounding... did you ever think you'd see the day?

    4) OWEN! God! When Anya was lamenting to Chantay that maybe she was carrying a grudge about the way Owen treated Riley and Zane, all I could think was, "Uh... that's a valid grudge." I mean, he's never apologized for it and it offends Anya (and me) (not to mention offending and injuring Zane) (AND not to mention what he did to Adam) so... seems like a valid thing to hold against someone IMO!

    So I guess I wasn't that surprised to see that Owen did not indeed "get it" that touching girls in a super-familiar way without their permission is gross, wrong, and gross. And wrong. Here's something I saw in the comments of last week's Degrassi Breakdown, from KayKay[:
    "I had a similar yet more intense situation as Anya in 8th grade; I was too ashamed to tell my parents, much less any teacher. I got over it, but to this day, it's still something that haunts me. Girls who get sexually harassed shouldn't tolerate it, they should be straight up with the guy, and if he doesn't stop, then the girl should definitely tell a parent or teacher.We can't let creeps like them get away with it."

    5) "OK, why are there only two options for girls: either she likes you, or she's a bitch." - Anya MacPherson. YEAH ANYA! TELL HIM! How can someone -- girl or guy -- be like "I'm into you" and then if they're not interested be like, "Get over yourself"? I guess hurt feelings make people say nonsensical things sometimes.

  • Watch the First Scene of Friday's Degrassi

    Posted on 04/07/2011 by Mary

    Whoa. Is this the beginning of Folly J?

    Or is Fiona's subconscious trying to get her to wake up to her true feelings?

    Actually... as I re-read the sentence I just wrote, I just want to add that having a dream about kissing your same-sex best friend doesn't automatically mean you're gay or lesbian. Fiona's true sexual orientation has less to do with this one dream and more to do with who she feels most attracted to -- emotionally, romantically and physically -- day in and day out while she's awake. Maybe Friday night we'll find out who that is for Fiona.

    (More info on how people know they're gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender is available at (The Trevor Project. )

  • Degrassi's Luke Bilyk Interview - Part 2

    Posted on 04/06/2011 by Mary

    The guy you know as Drew from Degrassi tells us what not to do with our chopsticks on a first date, and how Drew-like he is in real life:

    Tell me, friends. If this face were sitting across from you on a first date and he let some chopsticks go airborne... what would be your reaction?

    Luke Bilyk, aka Drew from Degrassi
    Luke Bilyk, aka Drew from Degrassi

  • Overheard on Friday's Degrassi...

    Posted on 04/05/2011 by Mary

    "If I don't hang out with him soon, he's gonna go emo on me." - ???

    Hmm. Is that a profound lack of enthusiasm I'm sensing in this quote? Or am I reading too much into it? Oh, and, who do you think is in danger of heading into emo territory? Let's pretend we're psychic in the comments!

  • Degrassi Sneak Peek Pictures - Time for Fadam?

    Posted on 04/04/2011 by Mary

    Fiona and Adam on Degrassi
    Fiona and Adam on Degrassi: In Too Deep

    With Fiona back from rehab and back at Degrassi, is it time for her and Adam to finally make things work?

    Or... are we looking at a Folly J future?

    Click here to check out all of the sneak peek pictures from Degrassi: In Too Deep - "Chasing Pavements, pt. 2".

  • I met Munro and Aislinn at the KCAs!

    Posted on 04/03/2011 by Lisa

    Yesterday, I worked on the orange carpet writing updates for Nick.com during the Kids' Choice Awards, and I got to talk to Munro Chambers (Eli) and Aislinn Paul (Clare) from Degrassi.

    Here's picture of us together:

    Munro Chambers, Lisa Beebe, and Aislinn Paul at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards

    I met up with them just before Train played the orange carpet pre-show, so it got really loud, and we only had a few minutes to talk. My first impression was that they both looked exactly like they do on Degrassi, only somehow even cuter, probably because they're both so friendly. Aislinn was excited to see Train live. Munro and I both thought Jimmy from Train was Howie Mandel when we first saw him on the orange carpet. They look so much alike!

    I asked how they handle all the attention from their fans, and they said it was overwhelming at first, but they're starting to get used to it. Munro joked that he uses earplugs to drown out the fans' screams. :)

    The funniest part of talking to Munro and Aislinn on the orange carpet was that Matt Shively (Ryan from True Jackson) saw them and ran over to introduce himself and say how much he loves them. He was just as excited to meet them as I was. From here on out, whenever I watch True Jackson, I'm going to be thinking "That guy's a Degrassi fan in real life!"

    That reminds me, Munro and Aislinn gave me a message for all the Degrassi fans: They're both DYING for you to see the season finale on April 22nd. So whatever you do, DON'T MISS the next few episodes of Degrassi!

    Here's an official picture of them as they walked the orange carpet!

    Munro Chambers and Aislinn Paul at the 2011 Kids' Choice Awards

    p.s. If you missed the picture I tweeted during the show yesterday, that's right here.

  • Is Degrassi Much Crazier Than Your High School?

    Posted on 04/03/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi deals with LGBT teens and teen pregnancy
    How Degrassi-like is YOUR school?

    We see this topic debated on the message boards a lot... for instance here's a post about teen pregnancies at Degrassi; some people say they can't believe there are so many, others are like, "Um there's a day care at my school -- for the students."

    Or here's one that's wondering "Why are there so many LGBT students at Degrassi?" I'm sure at some schools, it's really rare for there to multiple out students... and at other schools, the LGBT population might be huge, out and proud.

    Here's an interesting tidbit... according to Degrassi's head writer, they think of Degrassi as being about 800 students. So based on what we've seen in the storylines there, would that make Degrassi more "controversial" than your high school, less, or about the same?

    Answer these in the comments, if you like (and don't forget to protect your privacy by not telling us the name of your school please -- it's in the site rules!), and let's see how out-there a real-life Degrassi would be:

    1. How many students are at your school?
    2. Have you known about any pregnancies at your school, and if so how many?
    3. Are there any LGBT students at your school who are out, and if so how many?
    4. Have any students at your school died in the past four years that you know of?