Oh hey look at this, it’s a Degrassi news post that has no actual Degrassi news! So sit back and watch as I talk about nothing for the next 5 minutes.
Since yesterday lots American fans have been freaking out over the fact that the Degrassi special is going to air in Canada before it does in the U.S. (it airs Monday, October 24 at 9pm on MuchMusic). I’ve been rolling my eyes ever since…it’s not like the episodes aired in Canada first for the first 9 seasons of the show or anything.
I’m from the “download generation,” so it’s no big deal to me. In the earlier seasons there were HUGE gaps in the times between when CTV would air episodes and when The-N would air them (mainly because The-N was insistent on breaking up the seasons into mini seasons). Downloading the episodes was a must if you wanted to keep up with the show.
But if you refuse to download the episode for whatever reason and wait until TeenNick airs to watch it, the concern about being spoiled is legitimate. Basically you’re screwed…you will not be able to go onto twitter or tumblr until TeenNick airs it because it WILL be spoiled for you.
No one’s said anything yet, but common sense says TeenNick will air it on either Friday October 28th or on Monday the 31st. Also, on the 24th MuchMusic will debut it’s new 30-minute series “My Time @” at 10pm right after the Degrassi special. In this episode Much VJ Lauren Toyota goes behind the scenes at Degrassi.
So some guy wrote an article about teen shows where characters made the transition to college, and Degrassi was listed. The last paragraph he wrote about Degrassi made me laugh because it’s so true:
“A show like “Degrassi” can go on basically forever as they just cycle through new kids entering high school while keeping a few regulars around (like Drake coaching the girls basketball team, Spinner working at the Dot). No one cared about the kids in university, though, and they weren’t on the show for very much longer.”
In general TeenNick news, they are moving their 2-hour “The 90s Are All That” block up…starting this Friday it’ll air from 10pm – midnight (with the replay midnight – 2am). CLICK HERE for details on the lineup.
This is a smart move on their part, but at the same time I still want to strangle TeenNick…WHY DIDN’T THEY DO THIS SOONER???? You know, when the network’s highest-rated show was running 4 days a week, and you could’ve had a very strong 3-hour block of programming in your primetime lineup 5 nights a week. It’s both a blessing and a curse that Degrassi is on a network that loves to waste its potential.
If this Degrassi hiatus we’ve been on since the end of Now Or Never is any indication, we are going to be royal screwed in November/December/Early January…it will be completely dead in Degrassiland. What I’m gonna try to do during that period is FINALLY start reviewing episodes from the earlier seasons. All I can say is don’t be surprised if you see a lot of episode grade changes, even if just slightly (grades are never really set in stone). And I can finally go about adding grades for the subplots too.