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  • Munro Chambers Interview! Is Eli Goth-ish?

    Posted on 03/09/2011 by Mary

    Check this vintage interview with Munro Chambers behind the scenes at his photo shoot. He tries to describe Eli's style and comes up with: "really dark... Gothic... in a way?"

    It's not easy to label Eli, nor is there really any point to doing so, BUT, I'm bored so: if you had had had to describe Eli Goldsworthy's style, what would you call it?

    I'm going with "Timberlake meets Psychobilly."

    Munro Chambers as Eli on Degrassi -- would you say he's goth?
    Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy on Degrassi

  • Overheard on Friday's Degrassi...

    Posted on 03/08/2011 by Mary

    "Great, just... try not to kill me, k?" -- ???

    Who do you think is going to say it? More importantly, who are they instructing not to kill them? Place your bets in the comments...

  • Previously, on Gigantic.

    Posted on 03/08/2011 by Mary

    Gigantic is back next Friday after Degrassi! If you haven't seen 'em all yet, you can go watch them now. Or just read this for the general gist!

    The cast of TeenNick's Gigantic
    The main cast of Gigantic. OK L-R that's Piper, Finn, Joey, Anna, Walt, and Vanessa.

    OK so, Anna and Walt Moore came back to Los Angeles after spending two years in Australia where their parents were filming some sort of gigantor big famous movie, because their parents are gigantor big famous people. Their friends Piper and Finn, also the children of different gigantor big famous person, were eager for their return. And Vanessa, their kind-of-sort-of-friend who no one really trusts because she's kind of a bitch also greeted them on arrival, stiffly, with fakey fake air kisses.

    Also eager for their return was Joey, the extremely attractive boy who has absolutely no famous parents and with whom Anna made out with RIGHT before she left for Australia for two years, and also with whom she exchanged actual letters on actual paper while she was away. So sweet.

    And now, Anna and Joey In a Nutshell: Right when the Moores got back to town, Joey found out that this girl he slept with while she was gone (Lulu Khandan, who is the daughter of a very powerful Hollywood agent) kind of sort of had his baby. Her family is pretending they adopted the baby, but Joey wants to be in his son's life and he's fighting for that right -- but he hasn't spilled the beans to Anna. So, the secretness of it all is making him act weird, which constantly causes Anna to think she's insane and that he doesn't actually like her, which... he totally likes her. Actually he loves her. And Anna totally loves him back, and they said it to each other, and whenever he's assured her that everything's cool and his weirdness has nothing to do with her, she's believed him.

    Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic on TeenNick
    L-R that's Finn, Anna, Vanessa, and Lulu from Gigantic

    Jo-Anna have been pretty solid in general; even when Anna's Australian boy toy Russell showed up in Los Angeles (Hiiii Russell) and seemed pretty bent on getting Anna back, Anna and Joey survived it. So things were looking awesome and Anna was in love and she was thinking OK, maybe I'm ready to cash in my v-card with this guy, and she had the perfect romantic night planned for them... but Joey and his conscience couldn't let it happen without explaining the whole "o hai also I technically have a baby" situation to her, which she basically freaked out about because, why had he hidden it from her for SO long? Who keeps a secret like that from someone he loves, you know?

    So last we saw them, Anna was pretty pissed at Joey and Joey was getting mad hit on by Lulu who dropped an L-word on him and Lord knows where that's gonna go.

    Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Russell, Anna, Piper, and Lulu from Gigantic

    OK then there's Walt and Maggie: Walt met Maggie, an adorable cater waitress at a movie premiere after-party, and he tried to hide the fact that he's Hollywood Royalty from her because he hates that whole game and "it gets weird"... but she already knew, because duh. So once that was all out in the open everything was fine until Maggie came clean that she's "kind of studying to be an actress," which freaked Walt out because in general, aspiring actresses probably want something from majorly-connected super-famous families. But, he got over it, and they're going strong. He even called in a favor to help out her career when he thought he might lose her to the deadline her dad had set (you have x months to make it in Hollywood or we go home, kiddo' type thing) . But now that she's getting a taste of the possibility of making it, she seems to be turning into the girl he was afraid she might be -- for one thing, she seemed to enjoy being on a red carpet maybe a little too much. (To Walt, the whole red carpet experience is fake and Hollyweird; to Maggie, it's a fabulous moment to savor because she's been dreaming of it basically her whole entire life.) In the last episode we saw, she seems to have taken a page out of Vanessa's rule book and set about to majorly blackmailing Mr. Khandan because she found out about the whole Lulu baby situation.

    Vanessa , by the way, was a famous child actress who never learned proper social skills or, say, how to love, and became an emancipated minor. She looks up to Anna's mom a lot, but also kind of wants to compete with her; it's weird. Vanessa is weird. She can't help it. So far we've seen her: blatantly steal a project from Anna's mom and lie about it and then borrow a gown from her; conspire to stir up as much of the Anna/Joey/Lulu/Baby drama as suits her needs at any given time; get really harsh with Maggie when she sensed a career threat; invite the paps to what was supposed to be a small, private party; and throw out a ton of great bitchy lines. There's just something about Vanessa; she's fun as hell to watch.

    Maggie from Gigantic
    L-R that's Piper and Finn's stepmother, the back of Piper's head, and Maggie from Gigantic

    Piper... let's see. She flashed her boobs to the paparazzi; basically stalked a snarky internet commenter; held a sign up for the paps that told them to kiss her big beautiful fat ass; fell in love with her family's live-in therapist; kissed her family's live-in therapist; made a faux suicide threat to get her family's live-in therapist to come "save" her after he quit. When last we saw her, she met a really nice guy named Peter (who btw was played by the guy who played Fat Neal on the Dungeons and Dragons episode of Community, but I digress.)

    Finn, meanwhile, has no luck with the ladies. He tries, and he fails. He's just not as effortlessly cool as Walt, though he does have one hell of a wardrobe and he's great with a camera. And he also has a huge crush on his stratospherically Hollywoodian step-monster, the "No more white food" lady. Unfortunately, on the last episode we saw, he also caught her cheating on his dad, sigh.

    Joey, Anna, The Moores, and Walt on TeenNick's Gigantic
    L-R that's Joey and Anna making out, Walt and Anna's parents, and Walt himself from Gigantic

    Meanwhile, all the celebuspawns have also had to deal with the various headaches of being the children of obscenely rich celebrities such as: getting reamed out by your parents for writing an article about them for Teen Vogue even though you were really excited to get your first byline, because your parents HATE press (Anna); getting discouraging tough love from your dad about your music career because your dad wants you to come by success honestly instead of by your last name (Walt); getting shot down by your dream high school for being "a distraction" even though it's not like you ASKED to be born to famous parents and anyway, you're actually really proud of your parents so screw you stupid school (Anna); having anonymous Internet commenters pick apart your physical appearance, which always hurts no matter how famous you are (Piper); and ending up in the tabloids for punching the dude who broke your sister's heart (Walt).

    OK! Now you're all caught up and ready to watch a full hour of new Gigantic Friday at 9:30p et, right after Degrassi!

  • Sneak Peek Pics! Aww, Eli! Why So Pouty?

    Posted on 03/07/2011 by Mary

    Degrassi's Eli pouts with sadness. So much sadness.
    Eli from Degrassi pouts with the sadness. Who made Eli so sad?

    Bon Monday... it's sneak peek pics day!

    Please, in the comments, describe the amount that your heart breaks seeing Eli look so saaaaaad.

    And click here to check the rest of the sneak peek photos.

  • The Characters People Love to Hate

    Posted on 03/06/2011 by Mary

    Bianca tries to be nice to Drew's friends on Degrassi
    Remember that time Bianca tried to be nice on Degrassi?

    Welcome to TV Philosophy 101. Today's discussion topic:

    Would you want to watch a show where you didn't hate any of the characters?

    I was just noticing comments like these on the Degrassi board...

    "I don't like [Bianca] AT ALL!!!! ...I can't stand her. And it's because of what happened with Drew in the boiler room. I don't even get why they have her on the show. She doesn't seem like a really big character other than her and Drew going out right now. I just don't get why they have to have her." - caitybug66 in this thread

    "I'm not going to list everything that I dislike about [Jenna] because then I'd be typing for hours, but I hate that she was so judgmental towards Bianca. I would have to say Degrassi would do so much better without her." - nat in this thread

    I can definitely see how like, hating a character means every time they show up on screen your blood curdles and you want to throw things and then that's not a pleasant experience... but then I can also see how a show about a high school where you liked everyone would be pretty snoozy. But then again, maybe there would still be plenty of conflict just from the trials and tribulations people go through...

    I don't know, do you wish your most hated characters would just disappear, or do you think they give a certain flavor/realism/je ne sais quoi to the shows you love?

  • Degrassi OMG: Bhandari vs. Bhandari

    Posted on 03/05/2011 by Mary

    Whoa. Did you think you'd ever see the day when big brother Sav would LOSE IT on Alli like that?

    On the boards, i<3eli said: "Wow and I thought Sav was on Alli's Side. Sav has made his own mistakes. Alli is really trying to become a better person, and I think it is going to be hard with Drew being friends with her brother. ...

    This is like the same situation with Adam and Drew. Drew is betraying Adam by being with Bianca. The only difference is Adam isn't mad about it for some reason...."

    Interesting points... why DO you think Adam isn't as mad at Drew as Alli is at Sav? I wonder if it has anything to do with how well Drew handled the Fiona situation when they both liked her...

    And should Sav have stood by Alli on this one (and risked his music conservatory application), or does he deserve to live his own life and not have to kowtow to her baggage?

  • Songs from Tonight's Degrassi: Jesus, Etc., pt. 1

    Posted on 03/04/2011 by Lisa

    If you're wondering about any of the songs you heard on this week's Degrassi, here you go! The quotes in italics are commentary from the Degrassi Music Team about why they picked each song.

    The Dashing Suns music on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Sally Moore" by The Dashing Suns
    While Eli and Clare are in the hearse.
    Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The Dashing Suns out of California know how to rock, and that retro guitar sound is just so darn appealing. A small debate ensued where we talked about having the song come from Morty's stereo, or have the song outside the characters' world. We decided to feature it, making you think it's going to be a fun-filled jovial episode, but we tricked you, because some pretty creepy stuff happens!"


    "Come On Stomp!" by Thee Vicars
    During the diaper competition.
    "This UK band stomped into our hearts and into Degrassi -- just some good old-fashioned Britpop adding some energy to the baby-changing race."


    "I'm Gonna Change Your Life" by The Thermals
    While Fitz and Clare talk at The Dot
    "The Thermals are like your high school chums, just a load of fun in a familiar setting. Even though this was a bit buried in the background it still deserves a mention, as the Producers really liked its message over Fitz and Clare. Some foreshadowing in this song -- maybe Fitz really has changed?"

  • Degrassi: Jesus, Etc., pt 1. Let's Break It Down

    Posted on 03/04/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS AHOY FOR DEGRASSI LAGGERS. Click here to watch the full episode if you missed it, and then let's have a little chat shall we?

    Eli Goldsworthy on Degrassi: In Too Deep, Jesus Etc.
    Eli Goldsworthy, Fitz's number one fan, on Degrassi: In Too Deep "Jesus, Etc., pt. 1"

    1) So. Was Clare right to accept Fitz' apology? And... was she right to chastise Eli ("That's all you can say?") when he didn't accept Fitz' apology?

    2) "As your boyfriend my job is to protect you." - Eli. Hmm... true or false? Whose job is it -- if anyone's -- to protect whom in a relationship?

    3) "The day I met drew is the day this all started." - Alli. Again, hmm... true or false? Well, actually Sav already pointed out that it's false -- Drew didn't exactly tell Alli to send those pics to DiMarco, frintance. BUT, that said... what percentage of Alli's Life Problems do you think are directly or indirectly Drew's fault? If she had never met Drew, what do you think her life would be like today?

    4) "Who's on bass, Valdemort?" - Alli. Haha. What would you have done in Sav's position? How much should Drew and Alli's past weigh in to his decision?

    4b) Also, if you were Sav, and Drew was off the table as a possibility for drummers... would you have picked:
    - "I'M GONNA ROCK" guy. (Was that who Sav meant by "the heavy metal dude"?)
    - the bang bang bang bang bangbangbang bangbangbang girl
    - stick-dropping bandana guy or
    - the beat boxer

    5) So, Jenna is approximately a bajillion months pregnant. At this point... perhaps whipping out a skateboard was a touch idiotic but, is KC right that they need to be squeezing out every last bit of pre-baby fun before their lives change forever? Or... has that ship already sailed, and their lives have already changed forever whether he likes it or not?

  • Sneak peek of Friday's Degrassi: Clare's driving lesson!

    Posted on 03/03/2011 by Lisa

    Eli wants to finish his story, Clare wants to learn to drive... and Fitz? What does Fitz want? Watch the first scene of Friday's Degrassi right now:


    Watch that sneak peek, and then tell me -- are you like "Eee! Fitz!" or "Ugh, Fitz."? TheDegrassiFanatic started an anti-Fitz thread on the Degrassi message board, but some of the posts defend him and call him "misunderstood."

    For more of Fitz, Clare, and Eli, don't miss Jesus, Etc., pt. 1, FRIDAY NIGHT AT 9pm ET on TeenNick!

  • Melinda Shankar Interview!

    Posted on 03/02/2011 by Mary

    What music does Degrassi's Alli listen to when she's posing for pics? And how does Munro feel about that? Find out here:

    See, now when you look at this huge picture of her, you know exactly what she was listening to as she posed. Trippy, right?

    Melinda Shankar, aka Alli on Degrassi

    Melinda Shankar, aka Alli on Degrassi