- Posted on 05/24/2011 by Lisa
Hi. I'm Lisa, and I'm in love with Buffy. If you're already a Buffy fan, you know why. If you haven't met Buffy yet, please watch her on TeenNick, starting a week from tonight.
When I first heard about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I thought, "That show sounds waaay too scary for me." I'd seen a few commercials for it, and thought it would be like a horror movie, but on TV. I couldn't have been more wrong. I don't like scary things, and Buffy can be scary at times, so why do I like it so much? I don't know.
I just know that Buffy is one of my favorite people. Here's why:
She kicks ass. It's her destiny, and there's nothing she can do about it. She was born to fight evil.
She's brave, cute, smart, sensitive, and funny... Haha, I really thought I could write up a straightforward little list about how great Buffy is, but it's hard for me to think about her in a rational way. My girl crush is that bad. Buffy is straight-up awesome in pretty much every way that I've ever wanted to be awesome. Did I mention that she kicks ass?
Buffy has awesome friends, and she'd do anything to keep them safe. I'm protective of my friends, too, and if I had to, I think I'd battle evil for them. (But I'm so glad I don't have to.)
I feel like Buffy understands that sometimes life sucks, but on your absolute crappiest days, there's only one thing to do: Keep going, and keep fighting, and keep hoping that things will get better... because sometimes, when you least expect it, they do.
Buffy lives in a world with vampires and demons and all sorts of scary evil, but to me, she seems more like a "real girl" than any other TV character. How crazy is that?
I seriously love this girl, you guys. I feel like watching Buffy has made me a braver, more self-confident person, and if you haven't seen the show before, I'm soooo excited that you're going to be meeting Buffy (and Willow! Xander! Giles! Angel! and even Cordy!) for the first time.
Next Tuesday, at 10pm, there's a new student at Sunnydale High -- and on TeenNick. Be nice to her, OK? Buffy had some problems at her last school, and she needs a fresh start. : )
- Posted on 05/23/2011 by Mary
Sav and Holly J are dying to hear which bands you'll mention.
I had a brief chat with Degrassi's Music Supervisor last week -- he's the one who gave us all that great info last season about how they picked the songs that went in each scene -- and he told me three very interesting things:
1) He's not the kind of person who minds getting inundated with submissions.
2) He's curious about your favorite music, and which bands (including the widely unheard of) you think would totally work on the show.
3) He doesn't mind if you tweet him directly about it! He's @jvonhollen. Or, if yr not a twittering type, you can post in the comments and I'll make sure he sees it.
Seriously, you could even send him a link to your own band's demo if you wanted to! Why not, right?
- Posted on 05/20/2011 by Mary
You know... now that Buffy's coming to TeenNick (May 31st @10p et!), all of the Buffy fans who work here are getting to go back through the whole series and have massive fits of nostalgia/excitement/geekdom.
For instance we just put together this playlist of scenes from the first episode... all the moments when Buffy first met the people who will come to be so very, very important to her -- the "scoobs" (as in Scooby Gang), as they are (eventually) called.
Here's Buffy and Willow talking for the very first time... (awww!)
And you can click here for the full Buffy Firsts playlist -- with her first conversations with Xander, Giles, Cordelia, Angel (Haaaaay, Angel)... and her first TV vampire dusting to boot.
I have a feeling these clips will be more exciting to people who are already fans of the show; if your head isn't already filled with all of the insane, profound, hilarious, and intense stuff these characters are going to go through together, these moments might not pack the same thrill. In fact... they might even carry the taint of standard first episode awkwardness. Actually, I'll do another blog on "why first episodes are soooo stupid hard" soon.
So yeah, I'm curious what non-Buffy fans think of them; feel free to comment (as always)!
- Posted on 05/16/2011 by Mary
It's happening! It's really, really happening! Tuesday May 31 at 10p et!
To answer your question (if this is your question) yes: we're going to start with episode 1 of season 1 and work our way up from there. For the first couple weeks, they'll be shown back to back -- so two eps a night at first. (But at some point we'll probably switch to one ep a night.)
We -- in the parlance of our times -- so excited.
- Posted on 05/13/2011 by Mary
We found this old picture of Archie "Snake" Simpson -- aka Principal Simpson, aka Degrassi director and producer Stefan Brogren -- as a teenager. (Those who don't know... he was on the Super Old School '80s version of Degrassi.)
Um, we hope he forgives us?
Stefan Brogren, aka Snake Simpson from Degrassi High
- Posted on 05/12/2011 by Mary
I saw on the twittering machine that a bunch of you are stoked to be coming home from school to a double dose of Saved by the Bell these days:
Therefore, I thought it would be a defensibly valid use of company time to go digging through some photo archives to bring you these bright, sparkly, blinding gems of early '90s awkwardness, so that you can print them out and hang them in your locker, obviously. Or just put them under your pillow, for totally sweet dreamz!
L: OMG, Zack and Slater, I know just how you feel... that happens to me ALL THE TIME. R: One of these things is not like the others.
L: Kelly, Jessie, and Lisa having fun in the sun(-like studio lighting). R: Three girls, one mirror, and no fisticuffs!
L: Lisa Turtle: proud like a leopard. R: Don't lie... if they offered this background for your senior portrait, you'd be all over it like flowers on Kelly's pants.
- Posted on 05/05/2011 by Mary
Alli's nose, meet Clare's beeswax.
This may or may not have just been some Munro-lust working its way into people's judgment about the E-Clare break-up, but this post on the Degrassi board got me thinking...
"Who Does Alli Think She Is? Excuse me, but Eli and Alli haven't even talked this whole season, yet Alli has had such a big influence on Eli and Clare's relationship!! Like don't try and put ur 2 cents in Alli!" - Kira<3'sMunroChambers
I know in real life, friends can get put in some pretty uncomfortable predicaments when they donate their opinions about a friend's relationship. Such as:
1) You tell your friend that their bf/gf is bad for them; they get angry at you instead of the bf/gf... even if you're right. Sometimes because you're right -- because it's too hard to admit.
2) Your friend complains and complains and complains about their bf/gf. They finally break up. You say things like "good riddance" and "they were never good enough for you" and "I always hated them." Then they get back together... and now you're the friend who hates their bf/gf. Oy.
3) You tell your friend, "I don't know, the way they did that to you seems pretty manipulative/shady/whatever." Next fight your friend has with their bf/gf, they're like "Well my friend YOUR NAME HERE says that that was manipulative." Guess who gets an earful from the bf/gf next time you bump into each other?
But... think about Alli's side of that E-Clare thing. Your best friend is in a relationship she doesn't want to be in anymore, but is having trouble ending it because she feels guilty, doesn't want to hurt him, etc. Isn't it kind of the job of a friend to say, "Hey, you need to look after yourself here"... to support your friend who's having trouble doing something difficult but necessary?
So... what do you say when a friend is going through something with their bf/gf. Weigh in? Keep your mouth shut? How do you handle it with YOUR friends?
- Posted on 05/04/2011 by Mary
If you didn't already hear, today's the National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy. I know, every day should be the Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, but today's the day we make SURE we talk about it.
On TeenNick, we're showing the episodes of Degrassi where Jenna, KC, Liberty, and JT faced those terrifying little pink lines: positive pregnancy tests.
JT, Liberty, Jenna, and KC are some of the Degrassi characters who have faced teen pregnancy
One thing we've learned on Degrassi (or maybe you've learned it just by looking around at your high school) is that teen pregnancy isn't caused by being "a certain kind of person."
Liberty and Jenna are pretty different characters -- the responsible, brainiac, "innocent" student council-er vs. the singing cheerleader who encouraged her boyfriend to cheat on his math test.
And JT and KC have some major differences too (even if they both went by initials) -- the slightly dorky, happy-go-lucky jokester vs. the emotionally tortured, all-star jock with a brain.
But they all have one major thing in common: they faced an unplanned pregnancy.
Over on the StayTeen.org website, they've got a "Myth Monsters" game to help you bust through the myths surrounding teen sex, birth control, and pregnancy. Or if you don't feel like going through the whole game, you can just check out their list of common myths like "Everyone is doing it" and "You can't get pregnant if..."
To that list of myths, I just want to add...
MYTH: "Only bad/bratty/boyfriend-stealer/promiscuous girls get pregnant."
Pregnancy is a result of sex, not of "goodness" or "badness". Anyone who has unprotected or poorly protected sex can end up facing the same life-changing problem.
- Posted on 05/01/2011 by Mary
This year... right now... May Day is Jay Day!
The day we randomly, for no particular reason -- other than that we saw #JayDay getting discussed by Degrassi fans (such as @DegrassiDaily and @HeatherPoulette) on Twitter a lot and we're as obsessed with Jay as anyone and come on, Mike Lobel is stupid hot -- talk a whole heck of a lot about Jay and how awesome he was/is and how much we LOVED the Degrassi Mini where his secret identity was revealed:
Before Fitz, or Owen, or even DiMarco... there was Jay.
Untrustworthy (at first)...
Kinda skeevy in a hot way...
Resourceful if not academically successful...
And frankly kind of a d-bag for a couple years there and did some messed up stuff that we have decided to pretend never happened because we like Mike Lobel...
And also because he was: Funny...
Good with cars...
A decent friend... sometimes... eventually...
And a big ol' softie when it came down to it.
Tell us in the comments, what do YOU love about Jay?
If you had to choose between Jay and waffles with ice cream, which would you choose?
How many Jays would it take to screw in a lightbulb?
If a Jay fell in the woods and there was no one there to hear, would he make out with me?
Remember that time I told Mike Lobel I loved him and he was cool about it because he's so nice?
What would you wear on your first date with Jay?
What's your favorite color shirt for Jay to wear?
Remember how saucy he was in the "On the Set" video from Degrassi Goes Hollywood?
How many times do you want to watch "Redemption Song" (the one where Jay goes to Bible camp) right now?
Is JayDay weirding you out? It's ok. You can just close your eyes and pretend it's not happening while the rest of us dance around the Jay fire in coveralls and practice our fancy British accents and our knowing smirks.
OH LOOK! Here are way too many pictures of Jay!
Jay Hogart and Emma Nelson, in nature.
Jay Hogart (or is that Mike Lobel?), about to melt the lockers with his hotness.
Mike Lobel, ruining a camera's life because it will never take a picture that hot again (left) and with BFF Cassie Steele (right).
Jay Hogart and his lucky leading ladies
Did we mention he's good with cars?
Jay Hogart, in one of the most oft-cited "most intense moments" of Degrassi
- Posted on 04/26/2011 by Mary