- Posted on 07/14/2011 by Mary
Monday night is almost here... and with it, the hour-long premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never! So so soon, we get our first taste of a summer-long gushing fountain of delicious Degrassiness!
True Jackson's Keke Palmer is Degrassi's special guest to help kick off the season, so I got her on the phone to talk about the show she, I, and all of us love so much.
So I heard that you were a big Degrassi fan; how did you end up on the show?
Very much so, a huge Degrassi fan. I've watched Degrassi since... 2006 or something like that? I was always really into the show, and I kept telling Nick that I would really love to do an episode and it would mean a lot to me. And finally schedules were switched around and I was able to do one!
What were your favorite episodes?
Ooh, my favorite episode would have to be... I'm a bit dramatic so I would have to say it would be the episode when Paige got Terri drunk and took her to the dance, because she liked Spinner and Spinner like Terri and Terri was insecure. I really liked that episode, and it taught a really good lesson. And then the saddest, most heart-wrenching episode that I cried on but I loved it, was the one when Jimmy got shot.
Aww! So you're really an old-school fan.
Yes, definitely. I have to say I'm more familiar with the old cast than with this cast, but I do watch the episodes still.
Do you have a stance on Eli and Clare? Do you think they should have broken up?
I definitely think they should have broken up! I'm not understanding why Eli got so crazy like this! He's getting too obsessive over Clare. Maybe it's just because he's a teenager and he's emotional -- as a teenager, your emotions, everything is so heightened. But he's just TOO obsessed over her and it's not healthy and I'm really glad they're not together anymore.
What else are you up to this summer?
Chilling out... I'm just finishing up Ice Age 4 which I produced with Nick Cannon and starred in; I just finished that a month ago. I also did a movie with Queen Latifah and Dolly Parton that's coming out in January. And then my album! I have two singles on iTunes that'll premiere on Degrassi Monday night, called "The Greatest" and "Walls Come Down".
So exciting! And are you going to watch the premiere Monday night?
Definitely gonna watch it! I'm really excited about this season, even just the promos... somebody put a GUN point blank to Drew's face! I'm like, "Oh my gosh, somebody's trying to kill him!" And Eli and Clare! Clare's like "Did you forget I existed? Did you ever love me at all!?" That line is so chilling! A lot of stuff going on that I'm waiting to see.
- Posted on 07/11/2011 by ryanmcl
Remember when life didn't suck? When we had no responsibilities, no jobs, no bills, and we learned about the important things in life from Vital Information with Lori Beth Denberg?
Well, TeenNick remembers. You heard the word on the street that it was coming, and it's almost here...
Monday July 25th, get ready to escape 2011 for a while; starting at midnight et, the '90s are coming back to restore your faith in television.
So grill up a Good Burger, put your Pokemon cards away, throw on your old baggy jeans (c'mon everyone had some, chain and everything), if possible bring back your old mushroom haircut, and zone out on the couch to The '90s Are All That.
Go give it a Like on Facebook and tell us what you think --we're listening! How do you think the '90s came back in the first place? YOU WANTED IT!
Oh yeah, by the way, I'm Ryan -- you may remember me from the Behind the Fireworks video. I'm all about the '90s, and this is my first blog for TeenNick.
See you around!
- Posted on 07/09/2011 by Lisa
Are you watching the Degrassi marathon on TeenNick this weekend? Degrassi: Now or Never is getting sooo close. Take our How 'Now or Never' Are You? quiz, featuring a few new pictures of the cast.
I think that's pretty true. I have brave moments and cautious moments, so I fall right in the middle. I wonder if the new eps of Degrassi will bring out my "Now or Never" side...
What did you get?
- Posted on 07/04/2011 by Mary
Happy 4th of July...
Two more weeks 'til new Degrassi.
Dave from Degrassi, lighting up the night.
- Posted on 07/03/2011 by Lisa
It's 4th of July weekend, the perfect time to take a fireworks quiz!
How about you? Have you seen any fireworks yet this weekend?
- Posted on 07/01/2011 by Mary
I can't think of a better way to spend a Girls' Night than watching Beyoncé OWN the stage Live in Las Vegas.
Is it even physically possible to watch her perform the Single Ladies choreography without getting out of your chair and puttin' a little swerve in it? Check out this video of the whole number (not just a tease!):
Lord. I know Beyoncé is probably richer than three kings and a tycoon by now, but looking at her pull this out at the END of a long, eye-popping show... I'm thinking, that woman has got to be the hardest working person in show business, and she deserves every penny. And you definitely have to see the whole show tonight... she will blow your mind.
How much of the Single Ladies' dance can you do? I almost have the marching/head popping thingy down, and I can do some of the put-it-on-the-floor hip grinds if I've had a nutritious breakfast.
- Posted on 06/24/2011 by Lisa
You have to wait until July 18th to see the new episodes, but you can watch the new intro RIGHT NOW. The new theme song was recorded by singer-songwriter Alexz Johnson, and it's pretty much amazing:
Alexz is in NYC this week, but she had a time for a quick chat with me. After I fangirled out for a minute about being on Skype with Alexz Johnson, we got down to business:
I just watched the new Degrassi opening, and I love it! How did that come about?
It came up very naturally; it wasn't planned. I was sent the track, and they said "Can you do anything with this?" Demo Castellon was producing it, and he remixed my indie Voodoo album, and so I think I was just in the right place. They asked if I'd put a vocal on it, and then they liked it the best.
The latest promo for Degrassi: Now or Never is really intense, and I know some of the fans are worried about what's going to happen to their favorite characters -- but when I listen to your version of the theme song, I'm like, "They will make it through! I believe everyone will get through all this drama somehow."
That's so funny you say that, because that's what the feeling behind it was. I've been through my own hell on the career and music end, when it comes to major labels, and my own ups and downs, feeling like "Can you do it anymore?" I really pulled from my own experiences as I sang it, and it's like... "Screw it! You can do anything!" I wanted people to feel that when they heard the vocal. I really wanted it to be strong and powerful.
So we know Degrassi's going to have a crazy-intense summer. What about you? What do you have planned?
I'm working. I just released an album called Voodoo: Reloaded, which is really exciting. When I get back to Toronto, I play The Drake on the 27th, go to Nashville to do some songwriting, and then I'm back in Toronto to do a music video for "Look at Those Eyes," which is my next single. I'm expanding my reach to the States this summer. Being located in Canada can sometimes be difficult, but I'm hoping to do a U.S. tour and either open for someone or be a co-headliner.
I'm also working on my next record, and I have maybe 40 songs that are done. I have some songs with Bruno Mars, Mike Elizondo, and Toby Gad... some pretty strong writers, so I'm excited. I'm excited to put them all together and see where my head is at, and the kind of record I want to make. Being indie and being Canadian, I'm trying to really expand my reach. It's so exciting to be doing the Degrassi theme. I'm just finding a way to get my music out to people.
I know a lot of TeenNick fans were excited to see you trending on Twitter a few months back. What was that like?
It was crazy! I have some pretty awesomely loyal fans. I just did an online show yesterday, and it was really cool. I'm trying to find innovative ways to reach my fanbase, which is all over the world -- but being on an indie label, I can't just pack up my band and fly us to Europe to do a tour. I'm trying to find a way to do it all, but sticking true to my sound.
I love that you can perform live shows online, and that we can talk on Skype and see each other, even though we're a country apart. It seems like a cool time to be an indie artist. Yay, the Internet!
I have some friends who are filmographers, so I've also been making a lot of videos and putting them online, just hanging out and singing songs. It's one of those things where like... you come to terms with the fact that you don't know if you're going to make a living. You don't know how things are going to unfold, but you do it because you love it, and there's nothing else you can do. I'm at a point in my life where there is no alternative. I'm just going to keep doing music. I'm not as hard on myself as I used to be, and the last couple years have just been so much fun and creative. It's been great.
Alexz, thanks so much for talking to me. I can't wait for the fans to see the new open!
I'm so excited. This really happened out of nowhere and I'm so excited to be a part of it.
So... what do you think of the new open?
- Posted on 06/20/2011 by Lisa
Our latest promo gives you a tiny taste of all the drama headed your way this summer on Degrassi: Now or Never.
"I have chills... chills!" - Fiona
We do, too, Fiona!
Are you ready for a summer FULL of Degrassi? New episodes will premiere Monday to Thursday, at 9 pm ET, from Monday, July 18, through Thursday, September 1. The first episode is an hour long, to kick things off in style. :)
Say hi to a few of the people you'll meet on Degrassi this summer:
Hello, new girl in a stripey hoodie.
Hello, new girl in a scarf.
Hello, new boy on the stairs.
Hello, Keke Palmer.
- Posted on 06/20/2011 by Lisa
Want a summer full of rock shows? So do we. (This summer isn't just about Degrassi.) Watch awesome artists rock out on stage, every Friday night in July and August.
TeenNick Rocks Out starts Friday, July 1st at 10pm et with Beyoncé: Live in Las Vegas!
- Posted on 06/19/2011 by Mary
Hey kids! Did you know that once you get to college, banks give you FREE MONEY? It's true! I saw it on Undeclared! (Processing fees not included; finance charges may apply; please call to verify eligibility.)
Ah, the freshman year credit card. So much freedom... for about a month, until you hit your credit limit, and suddenly you have no more spending money because you have to pay your credit card bill... and then they raise your limit! And you have freedom again! Until two years later when you suddenly look at your bill and realize you owe $6000 and it's costing you $100 a month in finance charges and it's going to take you 12 years to pay it off if you only pay the minimum which is all you can afford and you can't even remember what you bought with that $6000 because you don't even feel like you own anything nice and you suspect it was pretty much just $6000 worth of tacos because that one taco place took credit cards.
Damn you, taco place! Damn you and your delicious credit tacos!