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  • New Interview: Ray Ablack and Cory Lee (Sav and Ms. Oh)

    Posted on 08/12/2011 by Mary

    On the Degrassi set, toward the final days of Ray Ablack's reign of awesomeness, I sat down with Ray and Cory Lee (aka Ms. Oh). Who, by the way has a brand new super-super catchy single (featuring Shaggy) out called "Best Shot" (available on iTunes) and a new album on the way. You go, Ms. Oh. Anyway, interview!

    Ray Ablack, aka Sav from Degrassi: Now or Never Ray, how does it feel to be approaching your last day on the Degrassi set?
    RAY: I don't know, I'm scared? I'm scared as hell. Right now scared is totally eclipsing excited, but I've also been really excited. I've started to re-do my whole wardrobe; this whole era of my life is ending. I'm graduating high school for the second time and graduating this section of my life. I'm ready to try and start a new one.

    Any senioritis? You've been here and in this building for so long, ever get that feeling of like itching...
    RAY: ...To leave? No. No-no-no. I don't ever get the feeling of itching to leave. More often, I might be done after like the third scene of the day, and then I'm waiting around here for free lunch. And then after free lunch, maybe I'll go kick it in Steph Cohen's office, sit and talk for an hour. Yesterday I came in early and just hung out for like an hour and a half. There's no me wanting to leave at any point.

    What about... you know how with Senioritis, one of the symptoms is knowing you can't really get in trouble?
    RAY: These last two days I definitely feel like that. We're downstairs doing these prom scenes; there are so many background actors down there and so many cast, and only two or three have lines, but the rest of us just have to frolic and mingle quietly. And I know it's annoying for the Assistant Directors to have to continue to tell us to be quiet, but they'll swoop around and see that our table is like: me and Samantha and Shannon, and they don't really want to yell at us. I've been yelled at, many many times over five years. But what I would have been yelled at for in the past, I'm not being yelled at for these past few days.

    What are you going to do on your first day off?
    RAY: My girlfriend and I are going to this really chic hairdressing place; there are two hairdressers there that I know are quirky and crazy, and we're just gonna sit down and say, "Do whatever you want." I've had to have my hair monitored so closely for the past five years, I'm ready to just do something nuts and crazy that's Not Allowed.

    Cory Lee, aka Ms. Oh from Degrassi: Now or Never Tell us what we need to know about Cory Lee (aka Ms. Oh).
    RAY: She always smells like Curious by Britney Spears.
    CORY: (laughs) It's Jessica Simpson. But, same family of stars that make perfumes.

    Did you guys know each other well before your storylines started... intersecting?
    CORY: Actually I have an interesting story. When we did the opening sequence, it was the first scene we'd done together. And I was like, "Something is gonna happen here. This is foreshadowing."
    RAY: Yeah, she put her hand on my shoulder. And Stefan [Brogren; director & Mr. Simpson] came over and was like "No, you can't put your hand on his shoulder."
    CORY: "Teachers don't touch students."

    Did either of you ever have a crush on a teacher in high school?
    CORY: I think it might be more of a guy thing? I didn't have any crushes on any of my male teachers...
    RAY: I totally forgot: Ms. Diaz. She was a science teacher. The last night of the school play, down in the basement there was a big dance for the cast and crew, and she was there chaperoning. And I asked her to dance with me, and she said no. But I had a huge crush on Ms. Diaz.

    I can't believe she said no! Well, I guess I can...
    RAY: I think she liked me, that's why.
    CORY: [sad trombone noise]

  • OK. Jenna Has Officially Had Enough

    Posted on 08/11/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW; wait until you've seen Lose Yourself, pt. 2 to scroll down.

    Just because Jenna hasn't had it hard enough lately, she gets dealt yet another blow: finding out that KC has been out cheating on her with Marisol while she attends to the never-ending, all-consuming needs of their baby.

    Jenna and KC talk about putting Tyson up for adoption on Degrassi.
    "We're struggling, we're hurting each other, and you're never here." - Jenna to KC

    It looks like being overwhelmed, depressed, and now totally betrayed have pushed Jenna to consider what she was unwilling to before: maybe Tyson would be better off with adoptive parents. And come to think of it, it's interesting that K.C. was so resistant when Jenna brought up the possibility.

    Why do you think KC wants to "make this work" so badly, when he doesn't actually want to be there to parent Tyson, and he's cheating on Jenna anyway? Does "making it work" come at a different price to him than it does to Jenna?

    I doubt that KC is proud of himself, and the situation Jenna's in right now is so unbelievably stressful and painful, it seems like it has to be rare and extraordinary. But really, everything about what Jenna and KC are going through is a pretty predictable outcome for them. Since they were having sex but chose not to think about birth control, a pregnancy was basically inevitable -- sexually active teens who don't use protection have an 85% chance of pregnancy within a year*.

    And since eight out of ten fathers don't marry the teen mothers of their babies*, their break-up is just as inevitable.

    But that doesn't make it any less sad.

    How do you guys feel about Jenna's decision to consider adoption?

    [* Stats according to StayTeen]

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/11/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Be A Man by Justin Rutledge
    Justin Rutledge performs live. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We had been hoping to place this song for a little while, and lo and behold Justin was asked to make a guest appearance on the show. And we had the perfect opportunity to showcase it. It plays so well on the distant Jenna walking down the street, and the hits on all the cuts while the song is playing are just wonderful -- exciting and powerful all at once."

    "Pretty Things by Oceanship
    Clare reads Eli's script, KC and Jenna decide on adoption. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Oceanship, as we know from Season 10, is probably the thematic band for Eli and Clare, and here we've got another beautiful Oceanship song scoring a moment of clarity between the two -- a moment that we thought was lost until we hear those first few piano chords."

  • Jenna really needs a break.

    Posted on 08/10/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't read this post unless you've seen "Lose Yourself, Pt. 1."

    On tonight's episode, Jenna seemed to be at her breaking point. As a teen mom with no way to pay for childcare, she's stuck at home all day, every day, and it's making her crazy.

    "When I'm alone with Ty, I get so depressed. I need to see my friends... be normal." -Jenna

    Jenna seems surprised to hear that K.C.'s mom never went back to school after having K.C., but that's pretty normal for a teen mom. According to Stayteen.org, less than half of teen mothers ever graduate from high school and fewer than two percent earn a college degree by age 30.

    Parenthood is the #1 reason that teen girls drop out of school, and things aren't looking good for Jenna, in my opinion. She's already missed a ton of class. Even if K.C.'s mom helps out, Jenna can only go to school in the mornings -- and whenever she has to use her breast pump, she'll be missing more class. I want to believe things will settle down, but at this rate, how long will it take her to graduate? (Keep in mind, she's only back for "two classes a day, plus lunch.")

    Prediction time: Do you honestly believe Jenna will graduate from Degrassi? Where do you think she and K.C. will be five years from now?

    If Jenna and K.C. asked you for realistic advice, what would you tell them? I emphasize "realistic" only because I just remembered Drew's quote from last season, "My only solution involves a time machine and a big box of condoms." Not helpful, Drew!

    K.C., Jenna, and Tyson
    If you were Jenna, would you keep going to school, leaky breasts and all?

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Lose Yourself, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/10/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Indiana by The Strumbellas
    Jenna surprises KC at Little Miss Steaks. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A perfect Little Miss Steaks band, we especially love the clarinet solo that makes a brief appearance near the end of the scene. Such a nice swinging country/folk band, with a tinge of Americana and blues all rolled into one."

  • Stressy Times for Holly J!

    Posted on 08/09/2011 by Mary

    Yikes. The amount that Holly J is going through in the span of a couple days is stressing me out -- and I'm just sitting there with my dog and a bowl of pistachios watching! Can't imagine what it would be like for a real-life HJ.

    Holly J, stressing the hell out on Degrassi
    Holly J, stressing the hell out. Justifiably.

    It was so crazy seeing her birth mom tonight... but even crazier thinking about her trying to digest 1) a potentially fatal diagnosis 2) a completely earth-shattering revelation and 3) a supersuper awkward meeting with the stranger you LIVED IN for nine months, all in the course of a week!

    I was personally kind of shocked that her parents wanted to wait until she was 18 to tell her... that seems a lot older than my real-life adopted friends were when they found out. If you were adopted or have a friend who was, when did your/their parents reveal it?

    Anyway, what do you think of Holly J's birth mom... and her $20,000 request?

    I hope that's not what stands between HJ and life because we need her to graduate and change the world! Even if @degrassitextfam thinks she should get held back to hang out with Fiona. Which would undoubtedly be more fun for us, but we must be strong and noble and selfless -- we must think of Holly J and what's best for her.

    PS: Can't say I'm Imogen's biggest fan in terms of her influence on Eli but, just on a sisterfriend level: that "We're not together" scene? OUCH! What happened to whisper-whisper-tee-hee-hee on the bench, Eli? The signals! They are mixed at best!

  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/09/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Trouble by Molly Thomason
    Adam tries to hide his chest; couples at dinner. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We love Molly Thomason, and she loves Degrassi. Molly is a wonderful wordsmith, and the lyrics to this song have to be listened to again and again to appreciate their full structure. For Adam, he's sinking into trouble again, and the song smoothes things over in Little Miss Steaks quite nicely."

  • Eclare fans, please check in.

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Lisa

    SPOILER WARNING: Don't scroll down unless you've seen "U Don't Know, Pt. 1."

    If you loved Eli and Clare as a couple on Degrassi, how are you holding up this summer? Last week, we had lots of Clare and Jake "cake-out" sessions... and tonight things got pretty steamy during Imogen's audition.

    If you consider yourself an Eclare fan (or ever did), please answer the following questions:

    1.Do you think Eli and Clare will get back together?
    2.How long do you think Clare and Jake will last as a couple? Is Jake a rebound for Clare?
    3.How do you feel about Eli and Imogen's big ole kiss tonight? (He didn't kiss Sadie during her audition.)
    4.Imogen was pretending to be Clare during that kiss. On a scale of 1 to incredibly-freaking-weird, how weird is that?
    5.How will you feel if Eli and Imogen start dating? Do you see it as a rebound thing or do they have real potential?

    I know we've got some really sensitive Degrassi fans out there, so if any of you are having a tough time coping as Eli and Clare kiss other people, I just want you to know that the whole Degrassi community is here to support you. Feel free to discuss your feelings in the blog comments, on the message board, on Facebook, or Twitter. We're here for you.

    p.s. If you've got something to say about Holly J's health situation or the Adam / Katie storyline, feel free to share your thoughts on those, too. (Holly J was trending worldwide on Twitter tonight! Nice job, HJ.)

    Imogen and Eli kiss
    Elmo or Elimogen or Imogeli or whatever you want to call them.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "U Don't Know, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/08/2011 by Ryanmcl

    DEGRASSI SPOILERS below if you haven't seen the new episode yet. But if you watched and need to know what songs were playing, the generous Degrassi Music Team is happy to share the info and the stories behind how the songs got there!

    TeenNick's Degrassi

    "Music Is Fashion by Tara Lett
    The girls rehearse for the fashion show. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We originally had this song just floating in the background of the Degrassi Radio scene, until we realized it was actually the theme song for the episode. It made it through a ton of scenes and was driving the whole fashion show. So much fun!"

    "Bullets by Data Romance
    Imogen and Eli rehearse for the play. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Data Romance has that wonderful nostalgic feeling, dropping the world away so as to only include Imogen and Eli in this moment. We're wondering if it's real, or if Eli is just playing games again. We're also hinting at Imogen's vulnerability - she can't really break bullets."

    "Home by Come Gather Round Us
    Fiona and HJ discuss finding HJ's birth parents. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a simple thought and emotion: going home. But Holly J is wondering where she belongs, and where her home even is. This song asks all those questions, too."

  • Did Dave Do That Right?

    Posted on 08/04/2011 by Mary

    BEWARE! SPOILERS AHOY.

    Time for a fun game of... "LET'S BOSS DAVE AROUND!" If you were the boss of Dave, how would you have told him to handle his Sadie/Allie conundrum?

    Dave and Alli on Degrassi
    Dave and Alli, thinkin' 'bout it.

    Obviously it's easy for us to play Armchair Love Quarterback now that we know how things turned out, but let's put ourselves at the crucial decision moment and take it from there:

    - Dave had been harshly rejected by Alli more than once, but thought this time... maybe there was a vibe. Was it possible he was crazy and wishfully misinterpreting "signals"? Yes.
    - Dave liked Sadie a lot. Sadie's a great girl and a great girlfriend. But he had a bigger heart-spark for Alli.

    So: dump a good, solid thing for an enticing question mark?

    One way to look at it is: if he doesn't feel 100% about Sadie, maybe he shouldn't be with her anyway.

    Another way to look at it is: being single when you had a decent thing and blew it... not as fun as the other kinds of being single.

    What would you have bossed Dave into doing?

    And on the Cake front: Well, well! Looks like Clare's not actually getting taken for a ride by Jake! I think he really likes her... I think he finds her refreshing. Plus, let's not discount the fact that they knew each other when they were little. The whole "throwing frogs" at her thing -- is there any surer sign of a youngster crush? What do you guys think of their long-term potential?

    And: I'm really glad Adam and Drew aren't leaving Degrassi. That would have been the biggest bum out ever.