The other day I received this question, and I figured I could answer it with a blog post:
do you think or will they bring back the old characters of degrassi and have them working in the school or in the community earning a living. this would be a good way to combine the older viewers with the new viewers and the same for the actors which will hopefully give the show stronger ratings. what do you think about that?
Do *I* think they should bring back a bunch of the original characters for regular or recurring roles?
No, they should not.
Yeah, I used to be one of those people who was annoyed when they started bringing in all of the new characters…but then I got over it. As nice as it would be to have the originals hanging around, it just wouldn’t work realistically:
1) There’d be TOO many characters. Character overload much? There’s only a limited amount of time in any given season, let alone any given episode. Having that many characters causes all sort of development and story issues. You either focus too little on the characters and the season feels scatterbrained (ex: Season 8), or you focus too much on certain characters and leave others behind….defeating the purpose of the originals coming back or it cancels out all the effort they’ve put into the new characters.
2) What do you do with them? Working at Degrassi simply isn’t an option now. What, are they all going to be teacher’s assistants? And having them work somewhere in the city doesn’t seem like it’d be that interesting either (helloooo, Spinner)…who wants to watch them cut back and forth between teen storylines at Degrassi and adult ones in the “real world?” They managed barely watchable plots for the original characters that graduated and went off to University in Seasons 6, 7 and 8.
3) Do they even want to come back? Craig and Manny went off to become superstars. Sean is in the Army. Some just randomly disappeared, but in the reality of the show, would any of the characters that have left even want to come back? And in the real world you can’t assume that the actors have time to come back to Degrassi. A lot of them left to pursue other interests (University, music, other acting gigs), because they recognize the fact that Degrassi won’t last forever. I highly doubt Aubrey “Drake” Graham is gonna give up his rap career to come back to Degrassi full (or part) time to play “Wheelchair Jimmy.”
Now don’t get me wrong, I LOVE when the original characters make cameos after being away for a while. But to bring them back on even a semi-regular basis? I just don’t see having them hang around to try and raise ratings as being the answer. The answer is making sure the quality of the Degrassi product they have now is constantly improving.