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  • SLiDE: Meet Luke.

    Posted on 08/14/2012 by Lisa

    "With great party comes great cleaning responsibilities." - Luke Gallagher, SLiDE.

    Let's get to know this guy. Here's a clip of him in action:

    It looks like he's pretty popular with the ladies, and it's easy to see why. (He seems really nice! Oh, fine, he's cute, too.) Find out more about Luke on his character page, or read about Brenton Thwaites, the guy who plays him.

    Luke from SLiDE
    Which pic is cuter -- casual Luke, or formal Luke? It's hard to resist a boy in a tuxedo.

    Luke from SLiDE
    It's also hard to resist a cute boy on a boat, especially when he's making a serious face like that.

    Looking forward to watching Luke on SLiDE? Watch the first full episode online now -- and watch Episode 2 Friday night at 10:30pm et on TeenNick!

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 4 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 08/11/2012 by Lisa

    It's almost time for the FINAL WEEK of Degrassi Showdown, but first, let's talk about what happened this week. If you missed any of the Showdown episodes, get caught up here.

    Below are what I consider the highlights (and/or random things I want to talk about) from Week 4. Share yours in the comments!

    Cam is having a tough time.
    When Cam cries, it breaks my heart.

    "Rusty Cage, pt. 1"

    I keep forgetting to mention this, but the phrase "puck bunny" bugs me A LOT.

    I love the scene where Tori, Tristan, and Maya try to come up with a new nickname for Cam. It made me feel like he finally has good friends at Degrassi, even if he doesn't seem to feel that way yet. He seems so homesick, though. I just want to reach into Degrassi-world (the alternate universe where Degrassi characters really exist) and give him a giant hug.

    As much as I love Cam, though, I couldn't handle the scene where he threw up in the locker room. I almost threw up, too, out of sympathy. That was the grossest thing I've seen on TV in a while. (The cuteness of the karaoke scene helped me get over it though.)

    BTW, Happy Fiona Coyne Day! I love that every day can be Fiona Coyne day. Or Lisa Beebe day. Or [your full name] day. I approve of this. I really liked the scene where Imogen and Fiona were hanging out at the loft and Fiona tickled Imogen and called her "monkey-related." They are beyond cute together.

    Fiones in cleaning mode?
    Fiona is cute even while cleaning.

    "Rusty Cage, pt. 2"

    Fiona's struggle to adjust to living without maid service made me roll my eyes a little. It's like, "Welcome to the real world, hon!" but I love her, so I'm glad Drew gave her some cleaning lessons. The scene with the clump of hair from the tub drain was soooooooo gross. Between Monday's puke and Tuesday's hair clump, this week's Degrassi was hard to watch -- even before it made me cry all over.

    I'm not a Mike Dallas fan, but I appreciated that he stepped up to field the interviewer questions when Cam froze. After seeing that scene, I wondered: Is junior hockey really that big of a deal? I did some Googling and the answer is YES. Every year, the best Canadian junior hockey players are drafted straight onto NHL teams. If that's what Cam is headed for, that's some seriously intense pressure.

    When Cam's mom sent him that photo of his family in their hockey gear, I felt homesick on his behalf. I totally understand why he wanted to go home. In fact, if Cam wanted to stop playing hockey, and he felt so homesick, why didn't he just go home? Do you think he hurt himself so that he'd get a break to think it over before he decided for sure? If he jumped off that railing so he'd have more time to spend with Maya, that's really messed up. I'm worried about Cam, you guys. I want him to be happy somehow, whether it's on or off the ice.

    We are going to miss you, K.C.!
    I'm gonna miss this guy.

    K.C.'s dad pounding on the door when he was drunk = SCARY. I was shocked when I realized K.C. was leaving Degrassi (the school and the show). K.C. skateboarded into my heart in his very first episode, and he's been through so much over the past few years. I'm sad to see him go. That said, I trust the writers. This summer's episodes have been amazing. If the writers considered all the possibilities and felt like this was the best way to wrap up K.C.'s storyline, I'm sure they made the right choice. But still -- when K.C.'s friends came out to hug him goodbye, and Jenna started to cry, I totally cried too. I wish we all could've been in on that group hug, because we deserve it just as much as his Degrassi friends!!

    Imogen and her mom
    Imogen and her mom (disagreeing about crusts).

    "Never Ever, pt. 1"

    I loooved finally getting to know more about Imogen's family life, but it's heartbreaking that she's having such a tough time. Her mom seems like a nice person, so it sucks that Imogen feels like Natalie abandoned the family. On top of that, I can't even imagine how horrible it would be for a dog-lover like Imogen to go through what happened with Volta.

    When Katie decided to hang out with Mike Dallas because she doesn't know what's going on with Jake, I was just like, "Kaaatieeeee, nooooo!" I feel like it's so easy to make bad decisions about romantic stuff and relationships... and sometimes we don't realize how stupid we're being until much later.

    I was impressed with how Adam confronted Becky, because I feel like he did it in such a calm, intelligent way. I hope they end up becoming friends. I wonder if that's possible, considering how close-minded Becky seems to be at times.

    Fiona, Imogen, and Eli.
    "Nothing can go wrong." - Eli

    "Never Ever, pt. 2"

    When Marisol took that picture of Imogen's dad, didn't you just know she was going to do something obnoxious with it? I want to believe that if Marisol had known what Imogen was going through, she would've been more sensitive... but this is Marisol we're talking about, so who knows.

    When Imogen told her mom, "He thought I was you today," and they hugged, I cried so hard.

    I get how hurt Dallas was when he saw Katie and Jake kissing on the kiss cam, but destroying the garden was obnoxious. That didn't just hurt Jake and Katie -- it hurt everyone from Degrassi who liked being able to hang out there. Argh. Jealousy makes people do crazy, messed up things.

    I really want to like Becky, but she's got a little changin' to do before I'm going to feel that way about her. If she's mean to Adam, I just can't.

    When Eli says. "Nothing can go wrong," at the end of the episode, I had the worst feeling. At Degrassi, there's ALWAYS time for things to go wrong... especially when there are FOUR MORE SHOWDOWN EPISODES coming next week!!

    What did you think of this week's episodes? Comment below.

  • Watch the first scene of SLiDE!

    Posted on 08/07/2012 by Lisa

    SLiDE is coming to TeenNick on 8/16 (right after Degrassi), but the first episode premieres online this Thursday! Watch the opening scene right here:

    I won't compare this show to Degrassi, because I feel like Degrassi is in a league of its own, but I will say: I like SLiDE a lot. It's about a group of friends trying to squish as much awesomeness as possible into their last year of high school.

    I saw the first episode early (one of the perks of working for TeenNick) and it won me over right away. I love that the episode starts with everyone getting busted. Seeing how people react under pressure -- before we even know what they did wrong -- reveals so much about their personalities.

    Here's a closer look at those mug shots:
    SLiDE: Eva's mugshot
    Eva's hair is pink hair like mine, so I liked her right away. :)

    SLiDE: Luke's mugshot
    I already like Luke from SLiDE more than I like Luke from Degrassi.

    SLiDE: Tammy's mugshot
    In this picture, doesn't Tammy look like she stepped out of an '80s movie?

    SLiDE: Scarlett's mugshot
    Who fixes their hair before a mug shot? This girl, Scarlett.

    SLiDE: Ed's mugshot
    And lastly, the guy I just want to hug: Ed.

    Anybody else out there psyched for SLiDE?

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 3 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 08/02/2012 by Lisa

    How's everybody holding up? Tonight's Degrassi was pretty intense, right? (If you missed any of this week's episodes, watch them here before you read any further!)

    I want to know what you thought of everything that happened this week on Degrassi. This post is half recap, half personal reactions to the storyline, and I really want to hear your reactions, too. Anyway, here are my random thoughts on this week's episodes:

    Jenna, her dangerous guitar, and Becky
    Jenna looks like she's about to hit someone with her guitar... again.

    Closer to Free, pt. 1

    As I've said before, I love the song Jenna sings with lyrics about her life. It's been stuck in my head all week -- especially the tomato line. I thought it was a little sketchy that Becky didn't tell Jenna she was inviting her to a church youth group (she made it sound more like a jam session), but I understand that Becky probably just really wanted a friend at Degrassi.

    I also understand Jenna's attraction to Luke, because the way he talked about religion must've felt very reassuring. Not to mention that he's, you know, kinda hot.

    Clare was being a bit annoying with all the Asher-superfan stuff, but do you think she deserved to have everything she's ever said show up as a hashtag joke on Twitter? I feel bad for her, but I secretly love that people started using the #stuffclaresays hashtag in real life.

    Clare, Adam, and Connor
    I like to pretend that they're reading the TeenNick blog.

    Closer to Free, pt. 2

    I don't like that Asher calls Clare "Newsie." It makes me cringe every time.

    I know Jenna got baptized for the wrong reasons, but as sudden as it all was, the ceremony seemed meaningful to her. That said, I'm glad Becky found out Jenna's real reasons for becoming Christian. Otherwise, I'd feel like their whole friendship is based on a lie.

    Drew and Fiona as roommates? I think it'll work. I think roommate situations work best when the roommates aren't good friends beforehand. I feel like whenever good friends move in together, they think everything's going to be perfect -- and they end up hating each other. If Drew and Fiona go into this realizing that they're very different people, it might actually work well. Drew is used to living with Audra (his super-strict mom), and he'll probably be a lot happier with more freedom.

    I'm fascinated by the moment at the end when Becky tells Jenna, "Stay away from my brother." Jenna seems to realize that Luke is a jerk, so what is Becky so worried about? Do you think she has any reason to worry? I'm curious about Luke's past and exactly how much of a player he was before he came to Degrassi.

    Clare and her EVIL MENTOR
    Fact: I'm extremely jealous of Clare's pink laptop.

    Waterfalls, pt. 1

    I found this two-parter hard to watch, because I like Clare so much, and it's heartbreaking when people's heroes let them down. Asher is a successful journalist, and one of Clare's heroes -- and he completely takes advantage of her. I felt like he was preying on her insecurities. I feel sick even writing about it.

    Is Katie the worst first-date chaperone in the universe or what? I'm glad Maya and Cam escaped to the photo booth. That was such a nice moment, right up until the non-kiss.

    Is there a couple name for Lisa (K.C.'s mom) and Mr. T (the Bright Sparks coach)? If so, please share it in the comments. Otherwise I'm going to call them Mr. Tisa and that's just silly.

    I am so, so, so disgusted with Asher's line, "I'm happy to teach when the student is as eager as you are." *Blaeearrragggaaaaa* (That's the sound of me fake puking, fyi.) Watching that scene, I was like "RUN, CLARE, RUN!!!"

    Cam and Maya
    These two restore my faith in humanity and my faith in cuteness.

    Waterfalls, pt. 2

    I was really looking forward to Maya and Cam's do-over date, but WOW was that a bad one. I'm extremely awkward around guys I like, so I can relate to Maya in that scene. Poor girl.

    I pick the scenes that we use for OMG videos on the TeenNick website, and I found the Asher/Clare scenes in this episode so upsetting that I never want to watch them again (That's why I used the Cam/Maya OMG instead.) I freaked out when Asher tried to lock Clare in his car. That was TERRIFYING.

    On a sillier note, could you believe how bad Tori, Tristan, and Maya were at hiding their cell phones in French class? They need lessons in the art of subtle texting.

    How cute was the scene where Cam went to Maya's house to talk to her? They're already one of my favorite Degrassi couples, and they've barely started dating!

    I hope Clare finds a way to get Asher in trouble, but I have no idea how she could possibly do it. He made things look so bad for her. I understand her reasons for not telling Eli... but I feel like holding this in is only going to make things worse in the long run. Big secrets are no good for relationships.

    Alli and Clare
    HUG HER, Alli! HUG THAT GIRL.

    What's going on in your head about Degrassi this week? I want to know, so tell me everything in the comments!

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 2 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 07/26/2012 by Lisa

    Let's talk Degrassi!! We've got a lot to talk about this week -- from Alli's pregnancy test to Zori's anniversary. *Spoilers below.* (If you've missed any of the Degrassi Showdown episodes, go to the Degrassi video page and get caught up.)


    "Got Your Money, pt. 1"

    Fimogen's back!! YAY! I think they're the cutest ever (which is why I tweeted this cute pic from TeenNick's account the other day).

    I'm looking forward to seeing more of WhisperHug. I just love seeing those characters hanging out together, and I love that they make happy-sounding music. I want to WhisperHug them all, and I'm not even sure what that means!

    I was pretty impressed with Eli's advice to Dave on how to play a gay character. It seemed like once Dave let go of the gay aspects of his character, and focused on playing a guy in love, it made such a difference. Based on how the play is going so far, I think Romeo & Jules: The Musical should do a world tour after they perform it at Degrassi. I want to see it in a huge LA theater... or even on Broadway.

    When Becky gave Dave that "Confused?" flyer, I felt like she was doing it more to stir up trouble than out of legitimate concern. Do you think there's any chance she'll regain control of the play from Eli?


    "Got Your Money, pt. 2"

    Zig may think that stealing money and/or a dine-and-dash at Little Miss Steaks is an acceptable way to spend an anniversary, but I disagree. I think Zori are a very cute couple, but it's time for him to realize that it doesn't matter how poor he is -- he gets an endless amount of cute-boy bonus points just for being in a band. (AND he skateboards, which = even more cute-boy bonus points). While I'm on the subject of Zori: I looooved the scene where Tori got all excited to meet Zig's mom. It made me cry.

    I am glad to see Fiona and Imogen working things out, even if it was kinda gross that Mike Dallas watched them kiss.

    I'm not a fan of the Ice Hounds, you guys. They kinda seem like bullies on skates (except for Cam). Defacing the Romeo & Jules poster was so childish.


    "Say It Ain't So, pt. 1"

    I am SO proud of Alli for getting that scholarship offer to MIT. (BTW, if you think teenagers don't do research at that level, I urge you to read about Brittany Wenger, a 17-year-old girl who just won a big science award from Google for her work to eradicate breast cancer. She's like the real-life Alli!)

    I'm not quite as proud of Jake for considering skipping college. If he's serious about environmentalism and green design, I want to see him go to school for those things and become an expert. I'm a HUGE environmentalist, but I'm also non-violent, so I swear I've never punched anyone for throwing away a recyclable thing. I'd probably just sigh and recycle it myself.

    (I wrote about Alli's pregnancy storyline over in this post, so I won't go into that here.)


    "Say It Ain't So, pt. 2"

    Question for anyone who remembers watching The Best Years on The N: The teacher who gives Alli all those books to read is the same guy who played Noah on The Best Years, right? Randal Edwards? I'm pretty sure it's him, but Google isn't helping. (It's tricky to search, because the results confuse Randal-with-one-l Edwards, the actor, with Randall-with-two-ls Edwards, Clare's Degrassi dad.)

    The scene where Bianca gives Cam advice is one of my favorite scenes in a while. I wish Bianca had been around to give me advice like that in high school. (I didn't have a boyfriend for her to steal, so I have nothing to worry about, haha.)

    Cam and Maya = definite potential. They are so cute together. The fact that they both have lucky four-leaf clover underwear kills me. :)

    The conversation between Alli and her mom about whether or not she should go to MIT made me cry so much. The idea that Mrs. Bhandari was once in a similar situation and gave up science to raise a family kind of broke my heart.

    This little exchange near the end of the episode also made me cry:
    Dave: "I love you, Alli."
    Alli: "I know."

    I wish she had told him she loved him back. They were SO cute and happy for a while there... I hope they can get that back.

    Whew!! I had a lot to say this week! What are your thoughts on this week's episodes?

  • Degrassi Showdown: Week 1 Wrap-Up

    Posted on 07/19/2012 by Lisa

    A LOT happened this week, since we had FOUR new episodes of Degrassi. In no particular order, the things and people that made a big impression on me include:


    Mike Dallas. By getting Drew drunk and insulting Maya, he didn't make the best first impression on me. I am not a Dallas fan at this point.

    The invisible ball. I really liked that "the ball's in your court" scene between Clare and Eli outside of the Torres party. So cute.


    Imogen's musical talent. I love that she plays the glasses. I know someone who does that in real life, and it's AMAZING to see live.

    The "chicken cutlet." I love Maya. I love her just the way she is, and I'm so glad she made the band, despite that extremely embarrassing moment.


    The Krew breakup. It's sad that Drew had to try a few times before Katie really got the point, but I was horrified that Drew basically said, "I'm dumping you, but I need a favor," because he didn't want Katie to tell Bianca they'd had sex. It's seriously uncool to dump someone and ask them for a favor in the same conversation.

    Katie & Jake? Bursting into tears during a first kiss seems like a bad sign, but if they actually tried dating, these two might balance each other out in an interesting way. (First, though, Katie needs some time to get over Drew.)


    Tristan using Maya's FaceRange page. This was a terrible idea from the start. I can't believe Maya went along with it. Has ANY good relationship EVER started with a lie? Nobody likes lies, people. Don't lie!!

    Becky Baker. I respect her for standing up to Eli, but I don't like her vision for Degrassi's drama department.

    Eli's experimental casting. I'd probably never go see a high school production of Romeo & Juliet: The Musical, but under Eli's direction, I'm really interested in how the play will turn out.


    Cam. He's such a cutie, isn't he? I think Declan's famous eyebrows might finally have some competition. I really like Cam, so I hope he forgives Tristan and Maya for messing with his head.

    Drew's brain. Something's wrong in there. Maybe really wrong. I want him to be OK.

    What about you? What were your favorite moments from the first four episodes of Degrassi Showdown?

  • Breaking From Above: The Final Episodes

    Posted on 06/29/2012 by Lisa

    The last two episodes of Breaking From Above aired tonight. (Watch ALL the episodes here, if you missed any!)

    "I wanna see which of the girls really wanna be in this band." - Mathew Knowles

    In episode five, Mathew Knowles gathered together all the coaches the girls have worked with so far -- on fitness, vocals, choreography, and style -- and asked their opinions of each girl. I wonder what it was like for the girls to watch this episode and hear all the harsh things the coaches had to say about them.

    In episode six, Mathew set up a big photo shoot for From Above. When the photographer started shouting random instructions like "Look sexy!" at the girls, I felt so lucky that I work from home. After the photo shoot, Mathew brought in choreographer Frank Gatson and asked for his help looking through the photos and evaluating each girl's body, moves, and voice. Throughout this show, I've been wondering if Mathew was as harsh on the girls of Destiny's Child -- especially Beyoncé -- as he is to these girls.




    Random questions:
    Do you have anyone in your life as critical as Mathew Knowles? Do you find it motivating, or does it beat you down and crush your spirit?

    After watching what the girls went through, would you want to participate in a pop star boot camp? (I'd love to take voice lessons and dance classes and have a fitness coach, but I don't think I could handle the intensity of working with Mathew.)

  • Breaking From Above: The First Cut

    Posted on 06/28/2012 by Lisa

    "When I start changing the lineup, things start to get real." - Mathew Knowles, speaking the truth. If you missed tonight's episode, watch it here. (Spoilers below.)

    Mathew Knowles has made one thing clear: He is in complete control of the band From Above. On tonight's episode he wanted to take Siye down a notch, so he tried to show her that being the best vocally isn't enough to guarantee her a spot in the band. He thought the other girls would do just fine without her, but it seemed like that recording session he set up (where it was just Daisy, Ashley, and Monique) was kind of a mess.



    Manipulative people really stress me out, so it was hard to watch Mathew messing with the girls' heads in this episode. After the meeting where he criticized Siye's body language, she was mad that the other girls hadn't stood up for her. But honestly... would you have confronted Mathew in that situation, if it meant risking your own spot in the band?

    I want to say "If I'd been there, I would've defended Siye!" but maybe that's only because pop stardom isn't my dream? When Daisy talked about how ALL of the girls are afraid of being cut from the band, she meant it. Mathew has emphasized over and over that he's the one with all the power. If anyone questions him, he seems to take it personally and hold a grudge. I may not care about being a pop star, but I still wouldn't want to be on his bad side.

    By the way, didn't it seem like he was unnecessarily harsh with Jasmine? He seems happiest when everyone around him is in tears. That's pretty messed up.

    There are only two episodes left of Breaking From Above, guys... and they both air tomorrow night (at 8:30 and 9pm et) on TeenNick. If you've missed any episodes so far, watch them online in the Breaking From Above video playlist.

  • This Week on Dance Academy

    Posted on 06/28/2012 by Lisa

    This week on Dance Academy, we saw secret kisses, football players, ballet fever, and a major injury. (If you missed any episodes, catch up here.) Spoilers below.

    On episode 18, Betty Bunheads, Abigail and Sammy are secretly making out, but Abigail is doing her best to make sure it stays a secret. She gets annoyed at him for using the word "us." (That seems like a sign that she's afraid of commitment, doesn't it?)

    Petra is Miss Raine's new favorite, but when an opportunity arises to dance back in Germany, she's tempted to leave the academy... despite her crush on Sammy. Meanwhile, Kat tries her best to help her little ballerina friend, Scout, impress Miss Raine at auditions.

    On episode 19, Fairest & Best, some athletes arrive at the National Academy of Dance to work on their agility and balance, but they clash with the male dancers over which sport is more challenging. I was really hoping this would involve some kind of dance battle, but no. The football players had to perform a dance all the way through, and the ballet guys had to try to score a goal on the field.

    I wasn't that into the guys' competition storyline, but I like the way the relationship between Abigail and Sammy is developing. Abigail tried to tell him that kisses don't mean anything, because "It's just lips on other lips," but ultimately she seemed to realize that Sammy's lips are special. Aww.

    Episode 20, Ballet Fever, showed Tara obsessing over dance to the point that Sammy and Kat felt it was time to stage an intervention. At their urging, she took an afternoon off, and bonded with Christian, which included lots of kissing. I love these two together, though I secretly wish he'd give her a new nickname and stop calling her "training bra."

    Meanwhile, Kat struggled to convince the board to keep hip-hop in the curriculum, and realized that maybe her mom isn't ALWAYS the enemy.

    In episode 21, FOMO: Fear of Missing Out, Tara copes with an injury by organizing a formal dance for the school, and realizes that being injured is a nice, relaxing break compared to working her butt off in dance classes every day. Abigail and Sammy grow even closer while working on a dance together and try to figure out if they're ready to have sex.

    Once again, Miss Raine pressures Tara to make dance her one and only priority in life, crushing my dreams of a long, happy relationship between Tara and Christian. Or did the fact that Tara seems to blame Christian for her injury ruin things? Or did Christian's jealousy of Ethan ruin things? I guess there were a few contributing factors, but still. I'm over here sighing dramatically, and wondering if things could ever work out between Tara and Christian in the future. I hope so.

    (Want to rewatch the latest episodes? Here you go.)

  • Breaking From Above: Ashley's Back!

    Posted on 06/27/2012 by Lisa

    Tonight's Breaking From Above (watch it here if you missed it) included a huge group hug, because Ashley finally made it to Houston! It also included an awkward, stressful dinner party at Mathew Knowles house. Did he really expect them to relax and have fun at his house? They know he's watching every move they make.

    At one point in tonight's episode Mathew Knowles said, "There's a thin line between fear and motivation." Do you think he's just trying to scare the girls so they're motivated? If I'm trying to motivate someone, I'm more likely to encourage them and give them positive feedback... but Mathew Knowles and I are very different people.




    Did you agree with the choice Mathew made at the end of the episode? Or would you have kicked someone else out?