TeenNick Blog

  • Congratulations, Degrassi Class of 2011!

    Posted on 08/30/2011 by Lisa

    Want to see some pictures from Degrassi's graduation? Here you go. (Possible visual spoilers if you haven't seen "Take a Bow, Pt. 2" yet.)

    Holly J, you've come so far.
    Holly J, you've come so far.

    Anya and Riley, please stay friends forever.
    Anya and Riley, please stay friends forever.

    Anya, Chantay, and Holly J -- thanks for the memories and the handprints.
    Anya, Chantay, and Holly J -- thanks for the memories and the handprints.

    Zane, it's so sad to see you go.
    Zane, it's so sad to see you go.

    Sav, Chantay, and Holly J, please come back and visit!
    Sav, Chantay, and Holly J, please come back and visit!

    *tears up*
    I love this pic. Thank you ALL for everything you brought to Degrassi. *tears up*

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 2"

    Posted on 08/30/2011 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

    "Just Like The Movies" by The Playdates
    Graduation ceremony. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The moment we heard this song we knew it was a Degrassi tune, we just didn't know it would hit at such a prominent place in the storyline. Jim McGrath, composer and music editor, suggested we have this song over the diploma scene, and what an incredible vision it turned out to be, almost written for the episode. Of course, the irony is that this is, literally, just like the movies."

    "Sorrows" by Aidan Knight
    Hands in the cement. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "This was the first time an A Cappella song was featured in Degrassi, and such an emotional moment to boot. The song is derived from Aidan Knight's song "Jasper" on the same album (go check that one out as well) and pretty much features the chorus, alone, powerful and triumphant. We feel all these emotions when the girls leave their mark on Degrassi's doorstep."

  • Justin Kelly's Now or Never Moment!

    Posted on 08/30/2011 by Mary

    Remember: starting next Tuesday, we'll only have six Degrassi episodes on the site. So now is a good time to watch any Degrassi: Now or Never episodes you've missed in HD!

    In keeping with this week's Now or Never theme... here's Justin Kelly (aka Jake Martin) sharing his real life make-or-break moment.

    Enjoy!

  • Who's crying already?

    Posted on 08/29/2011 by Lisa

    *Raises hand* Things are about to get spoilery, so don't read any further unless you've seen "Take a Bow, pt. 1."

    Eli and Fiona.
    Eli and Fiona, locker leaners.

    It reeeally sucks for Fiona that her closest friends are graduating and that her ex (whom she still maybe-kinda-sorta likes) is seeing someone else. I bet it also feels pretty terrible to buy your ex's painting and then realize a few minutes later that you're going to be sad every time you look at it.

    I cried when Fiona relapsed and called herself "unlovable." She looked so sad and hopeless sitting on the balcony. Someone needs to invent a huggable TV, because I keep wanting to hug mine while I'm watching Degrassi.

    I have to say though... Fiona ISN'T unlovable. She's just sad. She's the kind of sad where you convince yourself that you're unlovable, which might be the worst kind of sad, because you feel like you can't even call your friends -- because you're sure they're not really your friends, because you're unlovable. I hate-hate-hate that downward spiral of sadness. I hate seeing Fiona that sad. I hate the thought of *anyone* feeling that sad.

    Fiona might feel unlovable, but in reality, she's just so sad that she's not thinking clearly. I wish she had picked up the phone when Holly J called. Or I wish she had called Eli (he's been through so much lately, he definitely wouldn't judge her). She could've called her mom, or Declan, or her therapist. I just wish she'd given someone -- anyone -- a chance to be there for her.

    Think Fiona's week will improve? Or will prom and graduation just bring out more sadness? I'm almost afraid to find out.

  • Songs from Degrassi: "Take a Bow, pt. 1"

    Posted on 08/29/2011 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

    "Princess" by Miss Harmonica
    Anya tries to work out, and fails. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The call for a song here could have gone any way, from inspiring to desperate, as Anya failed at her first gym workout. This song popped up and was an instant hit - it turned the scene into a quirky moment where we got to laugh with Anya a little bit!"

    "Matter of Time" by Katie Cole
    Anya's sports training montage. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "If there was ever a training montage song in our catalogues, this was it. The lyrics, coupled with the driving guitar all built up to victory and success and eventually Anya made it happen. Notice the contrast between this song and 'Princess'; we aren't laughing anymore."

    "Wonder" by David Francey
    Fiona drinks, sets Mr. Tuxedo Pants loose. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "A bunch of songs were pitched to this scene but we were definitely hoping for this one to land, and it did. David Francey isn't exactly Degrassi demographic - but we felt his lovely lyrics and soothing accent had to be heard and would be appreciated by the fans."

  • Samantha Munro's Now or Never Moment!

    Posted on 08/29/2011 by Mary

    Only four episodes of Degrassi: Now or Never left! It's been a rollercoaster summer, and there's still some loop-de-loops to come.

    And as it happens: Right now is also your Now or Never chance to watch ALL of this summer's episodes online via the Degrassi video page. Because after Labor Day weekend, we'll be back to only having six episodes at a time available on the site. SO DO IT NOW! WATCH 'EM UP! NOW OR NEVER!

    Speaking of real life Now or Never moments... we asked some of the cast members to tell you about theirs! Here's #1: Samantha Munro, on her second-to-last day on the Degrassi set.

    Enjoy!

  • When You Hate Your Girlfriend's Bestie.

    Posted on 08/25/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch "Don't Panic, pt. 2" before reading.

    OK. I have two things I want to touch on from tonight's Degrassi episode.

    #1: This face. Drew making this face when Katie picks her "best friend" Marisol to be her V.P.:

    Degrassi's Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!
    Drew is sooo excited to spend lots and lots of quality time with Katie's bestest buddy Marisol!

    Poor Drew. Can't blame him for not wanting to have much to do with Marisol. Do you think Katie and Marisol's friendship should be over at this point? Or do you and your best friends work through really bad fights all the time?

    #2: Eli! Get out of the sweat lodge! I mean, I appreciate his enthusiasm for "doing the right thing" for Cake but OMG, a little privacy while they work through their issues, maybe? Him injecting himself into their relationship like that did not feel 100% healthy to me, even though I know he's at least given up on the notion of getting Clare back. Your thoughts?

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

    Posted on 08/25/2011 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

    "Bears" by Nightbox
    Degrassi radio feature. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We saw this band a year ago and they blew our socks off. If you get a chance to catch Nightbox anywhere -- do it. The song fit so well in this scene, and with some careful timing, it even accentuated Eli's frustration in the sweat lodge."

    " Riverside" by Agnes Obel
    Katie and Marisol have a falling out in the washroom. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "We tried a few things here, a couple songs and some score, but in the end Agnes Obel was the perfect placement. We heard her music and kept it in mind, and this bitter breaking of a long-endured friendship was the right moment for her voice to be heard and comfort us."

    "Wake Up" by San Sebastian
    Katie's presidential victory. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "San Sebastian was one the bands that made it through Much Music's disBAND show, and we're real happy they did. They were brought to the attention of the entire industry and so this spot is well-deserved, and the song reverbs success and triumph through the clapping and cheering in the scene."

  • Who Broke the Girl Code: Katie or Marisol?

    Posted on 08/24/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW if you haven't seen "Don't Panic, pt. 1".

    I think it's pretty uncontroversial to say that the Girl Code of Honor proscribes that no two best girl friends of the straight persuasion think it's a good idea to "ruin their friendship over a boy." Boys should not come between besties, right? This is a truth.

    But I have a question.

    Say one best friend LIKElikes a guy, like reallyreallylikes him, and he demonstrably LIKElikes her back, as in he has asked her out and/or made a move type thing. But say the other best friend -- who's been through thick and thin with the first best friend since like kindergarten -- likes him, too, like a reallyreally lot, and she liked him first, even though he doesn't like her back... what then?

    If you go for the guy when you KNOW your best friend likes him (like Katie did), are you sacrificing your best friendship for a boy?

    Or if you forbid your best friend from being with a guy she reallyreally likes and who reallyreally likes her back (like Marisol did)... are you sacrificing your best friendship for a boy?

    Which girl is the one "letting a boy come between" them?

    Katie and Marisol debate the finer points of the Girl Code of Honor
    The time on Degrassi when Katie was all, "Are you serious?" And Marisol was all, "Oh, I'm as serious as cancer, hon."

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

    Posted on 08/24/2011 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

    "Listen" by Dryer
    Sav kisses Ms. Oh in class. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "Such a tender song for such an unexpectedly soft moment. This should be awkward, crazy, intimidating, but the song leads us to believe something else is happening here, a tender moment, a lasting impression. Foreshadowing, maybe? Is this a fling or something more? You decide."

    "No Turning Back" by Sarah Blasko
    Marisol spills Katie's secret to Drew. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    "The pounding piano as Marisol marches in, you know she's about to start something. When she starts in on Katie, we know she's going to spill the "secret", and so does Katie -- and so does the song. There truly is no turning back for either of them now."