So it’s here, Degrassi returns tonight at 9pm ET on MTV Canada and TeenNick. It hasn’t really hit me yet two of the big changes in formality that 13C is bringing. First off, Degrassi is moving to Tuesdays in the weekly format for the first time since the TNG days (season 6 I think). Also, 13C is slated to be 14 episodes, in other words it’ll be nearly as long as 13A and 13B combined. If I can remember correctly this will be the longest weekly block schedule ever, a long way from that 4-week block The-N had back in 2004.
Regardless of whatever nonsense extreme naysayers may be preaching (keyword there being extreme), I highly doubt that Degrassi moving to Tuesdays is an indication that the show is going to certainly be canceled at the end of season 13, and I also don’t believe that Epitome suddenly churning out its own promos is a desperation move to attract fleeting viewers (as a matter of fact, Epitome doing its own marketing in this fashion is something they should’ve already been doing years ago).
With all of that said, genuine concerns about the show and its future are still quite valid. It’s safe to say fans are pretty much on the same page in terms of how we feel about the show at this point, even as we hear things about what’s to come in 13C:
Season 13 has been disappointing so far, but as always I’m cautious yet hopeful, even more so because this is going to be a LONG block. It simply can’t afford to be as forgettable as the first two. The biggest concern for me are the Tenners. I remember when the Niners (Maya/Zig/Tristan/Tori) came onto the scene, and instantly made a positive impact on the show. That group has shuffled quite a bit since then, and this season it seems like all that’s been happening is them engaged in a giant romantic orgy, spinning a wheel of abuse where everyone takes turns hurting each other. This is where we can only hope Zoë’s storyline in 13C will be a devastating game changer for this group.
If ever there were a 180 on my opinion of a storyline, it’d be Alli and Leo. The “pinnacle,” as Stefan puts it, should happen tonight. It’s not hard to figure out how this will all play out, but it still has me invested far more than any storyline this season so far.
On a side note, I’ve always strived to churn out reviews on the nights the episodes air. I’m not exactly sure why I do it, considering I’m not accredited media (I am in real life, but not in terms of this blog), and the real media outlets that cover Degrassi don’t bother writing recaps or anything with any kind of regularity. But with Degrassi moving to Tuesdays that puts my same-night reviews in jeopardy because of my schedule. I’m busy on Tuesday nights and I can guarantee there will be nights where I simply won’t be home in time to watch Degrassi live. That in itself is probably a good thing, because it’s very easy to get caught up in the “hype” of #DegrassiTuesday and get caught up reading whatever dramatic arguments the declining fandom may be involved in on social media that night.
I will still post promos/etc on Tuesday nights, but I’ll be posting my reviews of the episodes on Wednesdays. Here’s to hoping Degrassi 13C is a good one! Use the comments section to discuss before and after the episode, and hopefully I’ll be able to jump into the conversation too.