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  • New Interview! Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun!

    Posted on 07/25/2011 by Mary

    I caught up with Argiris and Shannon (who are not dating each other in real life, lest you get confused by their jokestery below) on the Degrassi set. The three of us sat down for a little chat in -- true story -- a booth inside Little Miss Steaks. The seats there are kind of uncomfortable, if you've ever wondered.

    Degrassi's Argiris Karras and Shannon Kook-Chun, aka Riley and Zane, 2011 I've heard that you guys knew each other before the show, and that maybe Argy, you suggested that Shannon should audition? Or what's the story there?

    Argiris: It was more of a surprise actually. He told me, "Hey, I've got an audition..." I don't know, do you remember how it went?
    Shannon: I think we were at Jake Epstein's birthday, who played Craig on the show. I came to meet Argy because he and I were together like, every day that summer. We'd bike in the rain back from a night out, we'd double on the bike.

    Oh my God! How did you know each other?

    Shannon: I saw him somewhere before, and I was like "Yo, didn't I see you at...?"
    Argiris: At an audition room actually, yeah.
    Shannon: Yeah, he was doing a self-tape for an audition, so I saw him and stopped him. And then, where did we actually hit it off?
    Argiris: Maybe... I can't remember.
    Shannon: You don't remember our first date! (laughs) There were a lot of nights and days out. So then at Jake's birthday, I just told him. And he was calling me Zane all night trying to get me in character.
    Argiris: Yeah, I do remember that.

    So you were specifically auditioning for Zane, it wasn't one of those things where like, Liberty auditioned for Manny...

    Shannon: No, and they didn't even know that I was friends with him until when I got the role and we came for rehearsal. Our director was like, 'So, you guys are friends? That's a bonus! We never knew that.' And I don't know if it would have affected their decision, in a good way or bad way -- it could be a bad thing. And then she asked, 'Do you think this makes it easier or more difficult for you?' And I wasn't really sure. It is easier in a way because we have a rapport and we're comfortable with each other.

    It's interesting that you weren't just friend but like fast friends, too.

    Argiris and Shannon: Yeah.
    Shannon: And it's not often... you meet a lot of people in the industry but to get to work with someone that you would actually go out and dance with -- Argy and I would be the only two guys really breaking it down on the dance floor.
    Argy: Yeah, a lot of guys wouldn't go out there, they're pretty pathetic, they're just staying against the wall. Though, you know, we were there at some point in our life.
    Shannon: They're scoping out chicks.
    Argy: They just scope and they kind of creep and they kind of try to pull girls' dresses. It's just like, 'No, you've gotta have fun!' You've gotta show the girl that you're having fun and then stuff flows.

    TO BE CONTINUED... too many spoilers in the rest of our conversation!

  • The Week in Degrassi: Let's Review.

    Posted on 07/22/2011 by Mary

    Drew and Bianca from Degrasi DREW AND BIANCA: It took some pretty extraordinary circumstances to do them in, but now it appears that Drianca are over. I talked to Luke Bilyk and Alicia Josipovic about the break-up, and they were as bummed as some of you guys out there about it:

    Alicia: We were SO UPSET.
    Luke: After we did that scene, we were like, "So, Stefan. We're getting back together, right?"... It was really rude of Drew to do that, especially after all that Bianca's done for Drew.

    What do you think... was Drew rude? And do you think they'll get back together?

    KC AND JENNA: So, Jenna's stuck in a pile of poo-protectors while KC gets to go to school -- and now a job -- with friends. How do you think things will go for them long term? Will Kenna figure it out and stay together until baby Tyson is old and gray?

    ANYA AND OWEN: After a rough week, Anya is going for a sure thing. Do you think the fact that Owen is so into her will be good for her self-esteem? Or will he find some way to make things even worse?

    ANNND CAKE. The mighty mighty Lumberjake has ambled into our lives, eaten Mrs. Edwards' food, and kissed Clare just to shut her up. Do you think he really is as "low drama" as he seems?

    NEXT WEEK: We meet Imogen! And Katie! Plus some Ziley story, and two of my favorite eps from all of Now or Never.

    And don't forget -- the Degrassi mobile game has already had its first update (and I officially suck at Degrassi skee ball... but I'm really good at making Eli like me.) It's only $0.99 in the app store at iTunes - just search for Degrassi.

  • Sympathy for Bianca and Anya?

    Posted on 07/21/2011 by Mary


    So, starting off with some of your reactions to the Ownya hook-up from last night:

    "I personallly think Owen is kind of hot, but he is such a pig. So this can go many ways." - TEENTITAN6

    "I actually like Owen. I mean he seems like a nice guy, but he puts all his nasty on the outside." - AIYA222

    That's actually a really good way to put it Aiya222 -- and it's probably true of all bullies, mean girls, etc.. They "put their nasty on the outside" to protect their vulnerable spots on the inside. But... I still can't stomach the fact that he threw Zane in a dumpster, threw Adam through a glass door, and probably defaced Riley's locker. Until he owns up to the wrongness of that stuff, he's on my bad side -- tender wounded inner child or no.

    Mostly, I'm really feeling for Anya in this whole situation. Your best friends are basically gossiping about you, you make a stupid facebook (sorry; facerange) move because you're too flustered to think, you're still reeling from having no post-high school destination and rejection from a great guy, and your consolation prize guy utters such sweet nothings as: "You're not too good for me, Anya." Yowwwch. Crappy sitch for Anya all around.

    Speaking of crappy sitches: My Bianca sympathy meter went through the ROOF on this ep. Of course, I still don't forget what she did to Adam either. But I think her wounded inner child is on full display. When Drew dumped her... oh my God! You could see her struggling to keep a brave face and being so eerily good at it... like it's a skill she's perfected.

    And so sad that Drew thought this would mean a fresh start. That didn't seem to turn out so well.

    Actually, question: Do you blame Bianca for what happened to Drew?

    Drew lies in the snow post-attack on Degrassi
    Drew lying in the snow post-attack on Degrassi

  • Songs from Degrassi "Idioteque"

    Posted on 07/21/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Way Back Home by The Real Deal
    From Bianca and Drew's make-out sesh at the top of the episode. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We needed a song that was full of energy -- and The Real Deal gave us the real deal. It felt fast, energetic and suspenseful... something was going to happen! But alas... it didn't. The song helped that moment out, too -- going from tons of music to none at all, we felt the awkwardness."

  • Anya! Really? Him?!

    Posted on 07/20/2011 by Mary



    Anya and Owen share a special moment at her birthday party on Degrassi.
    It's Anya's party and she'll hook up with Owen if she wants to.

    ANYA! What? Why? Him? Really? Are you sure? You can't be sure. You're not sure. Right? You're just reeling from Dr. Chris. (Yet another Degrassi love lost to Africa! Forsooth!)

    How do you guys think Anya will be feeling about this tomorrow? How do YOU feel about it right now?

    Also: I love both Fiona and Holly J, but I felt so bad for Connor when they were giggling about him at Anya's party. I just want him to be happy... and to stop openly staring at girls' boobs.

    And what do you think of KC's new job? What percent do you think he's doing it for Jenna and baby Ty, and what percent for himself and freedom?

  • Songs from Degrassi "What's My Age Again?"

    Posted on 07/20/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Run, Wild by Dead Letter Chorus
    From the scene where the girls plan Anya's 18th birthday party. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This scene went through a few songs, until we felt right with this one. It travels perfectly in the background of this scene, not too much energy but definitely enough. We love Dead Letter Chorus, the Australian band that melted our hearts when they played the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto with Two Hours Traffic."

    "People In The Hole by Catherine Feeny
    From when Anya gets her bad news. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Catherine Feeny is an amazing songwriter -- and it shows. These poetic lyrics vibe so well with Anya's inner turmoil. We've been trying different things with music, going from scene to scene, and this worked out perfectly."

    "This Was Not My Best Day Ever by Acres of Lions
    From the scene where KC gets a job at Little Miss Steak's.
    " An amazing west coast Canadian indie band, we also saw these guys perform some unrecorded material -- and once it is recorded, we will try to place them again. In the meantime, this song off their recorded album was so peaceful in its simplicity that it helped guide KC on the right path -- instead of feeling sorry for yourself, get up and do something about it!"

    "Take You Home by Final Thought
    From Anya's birthday. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " A great example of a song that was in the character's world, as source from Anya's party, that turns into a Feature for us listeners. The lyrics are pounding and we all feel what Anya feels: desperation, loneliness and confusion. After all, it's your party and you can cry if you want to!"

    "Girls Like You by The Naked & Famous
    From when Anya kisses Owen... etc. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " We loved The Naked & Famous so much that we decided to bring them back for another use, creating a sort of "book-end" to these two episodes, beginning with a Naked & Famous song, and ending with a Naked & Famous song. This song tells Anya's tale, and the lyrics "don't you know people who write songs like girls like you" hit a home-run in this moment. Although we're pretty sure Owen doesn't write songs... does that mean he doesn't really like her? You decide."

  • Clare-Bear Unhinged

    Posted on 07/19/2011 by Mary

    SPOILERS BELOW! Watch the ep before reading... it'll be online some time tonight.

    Without taking sides in the great E-Clare v Cake Debate of 2011 (well... except to say that I really want to have a serious sit-down talk with anyone who thinks a life-threatening stunt is "romantic")... now that you've met Jake, what do you think? I am personally a big fan of his low-drama vibe. And I like that rather than staring goggle-eyed at Clare when she had her petite tantrum, he "saved" her -- and made me laugh at the same time.

    Also, how satisfying was Clare's rant at Above the Dot?! "IT TOOK YOU A YEAR... A YEAR TO GET OVER YOUR EX!" Not saying I've ever freaked out quiiiite like that in public at an ex before buuut... I'm sure I'm not the only one who's said some version of Clare's lines into my tear-stained pillow after a brutal break-up. I'm glad Clare took one for Team Frustrated Girls Everywhere and just said it all out loud.

    What's the most embarrassing thing you've ever done in the throes of heartbreak?

    And how about KC and Jenna? Couldn't help but feel a little "GO JENNA" when she showed up and handed Tyson to KC. Dude is a little tone-deaf about how much of Jenna's life is completely on hold while he goes to school every day.

  • Songs from Degrassi 'LoveGame"

    Posted on 07/19/2011 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!

    Which songs were on Degrassi?

    "Young Blood by The Naked & Famous
    From when Clare and Jenna get ready for school. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " The Naked & Famous are an amazing band. So much energy, so much amazing instrumentation and synth, and really rad lyrics to boot. They were perfect to kick off the new school year and introduce a bunch of new characters. After introducing the newest, youngest character, Tyson, we move to see Clare and Eli, sharing an awkward moment, and the song covers it superbly."

    "Jigsaw by Broken Bricks
    From when Clare makes a scene at Above the Dot. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Broken Bricks are a really cool indie band from Toronto; we came upon this demo recording of this song. There is a full band recording, but this one was so raw, so genuine, that we preferred using it. Above the Dot is a new hangout for the kids of Degrassi, and this music sets its tone. The lyrics hit perfectly with Clare's rampant emotions, and Eli's lack thereof, but it's mostly the one-take, life off the floor feeling that sold us on this placement, as it directly relates to all the emotions of the scene."

    "Oh My, What A Fine Day by Behind Sapphire
    From Jake and Clare's first kiss!
    " This song had been on our radar for a while, and this perfect moment came up and it just felt so right. The beautiful imagery behind the kiss, the nighttime air and the flickering lights in the background, coupled with this song, all became the mystical cloud around the budding love of these two characters."

  • Aww, yeah... Degrassi's back!!

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by Lisa

    Drew and Bianca on Degrassi: Now or Never
    Drew and Bianca on the premiere of Degrassi: Now or Never

    We threw a full hour of Degrassi at you tonight, and there was lots of "Now or Never" drama right off the bat. How are you holding up? What's going on in your Degrassi-loving head? Do you think Drew ultimately made the right choice?

    What was your favorite scene in this episode? Without being too spoilery, I will say that I loved the moment where Drew and Adam were a room apart, but practically in separate worlds.

    And how did you feel about the Keke stuff? If a cute, young musician came through your town to do a show, what do you think you would've done in Sav's situation?

    Last question -- Can you believe we have MORE new Degrassi coming tomorrow? And the next day? And the next day? *my mind is blown*

  • Songs from the Degrassi Now or Never Premiere

    Posted on 07/18/2011 by ryanmcl

    Yet again, the generous Degrassi Music Team is providing us with not just the names of the songs that were playing during your favorite scenes in the Degrassi: Now or Never premiere, but how those songs ended up there!

    Keke Palmer on TeenNick's Degrassi

    "The One You Call" by Keke Palmer
    Keke's radio song -- the one she performs at her concert. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " Keke was a great fit with the show. Her music sounds amazing with the picture, and when this song is performed at the concert, it reverberates in the room and looks and sounds amazing!"

    "Fot I Hose" by Casiokids
    From when Sav and Alli are painting their living room. Check the Degrassi page for a sample.
    " This is a synthpop piece from a Norwegian band called Casiokids. We love how international Degrassi has become, and so the music has to reflect that, too. The vibe was perfect for some simple house painting -- suddenly painting your walls yellow feels like a lot of fun!"

    "Whoa" by Kaleo
    From the scene where Bianca shows up in style.
    " The title of this song pretty much sums up its entire placement. When Bianca shows up, the proper reaction is definitely "whoa." And the genre fits with her general vibe."

    "Walls Come Down" by Keke Palmer
    Another song Keke performs at her concert.
    " Another fantastic Keke performance, this song boomed through the audience like it was meant to be."

    "Harmony to my Heartbeat" by Sally Seltmann
    From Fiona and Charlie's romantic scooter ride!
    " This song is so personal, and the lyrics resonate with anyone who's ever waited for their crush to like them back. It's a song about hope and longing -- and it's exactly what Fiona was feeling for Charlie. Will she like her back? Will it last? Maybe there's some foreshadowing in the song..."

    "The End of Broken Hearts" by Cavaliers!
    From when Fiona and Charlie finally find each other... and admit they like each other.
    " The beautiful duet known as Cavaliers! had captured our hearts long ago, and this song in particular has something wonderfully captivating about it. One day, will there be the end of broken hearts, all over the world? Maybe. But certainly for Fiona, in that moment with Charlie, it's the end of her heartache."

    "The Greatest" by Keke Palmer
    The song Keke sings to Sav over Skype.
    " This may be one of the most poignant moments in Degrassi history. Sav struggles with his newfound friend and not being able to be close to her, while Drew struggles with his newfound steel and the task ahead of him. It's an incredibly internal moment for both of them, and the song and score captures both moments perfectly."

    "Dead Hearts" by Stars
    The final song in the episode, when Drew is hauled away in the police cruiser.
    " A selection by the director, Stefan Brogren, he felt that this song pretty much told the story in this moment better than the script could. The lyrics beam out at us, and the important thing to remember here is that one important line: "They were kids that I once knew...""