Degrassi’s one-hour episode airs tonight at 9pm EST in Canada, and 10pm EST on TeenNick.
As of writing this (around 3:30pm EST), the guide on my TV had finally updated to show that Degrassi is airing at 10pm, BUT my dvr was still set to record the iCarly episodes scheduled at 9 and 9:30. If you’re recording the episode and haven’t checked already you might need to check again, and even set to record it manually.
The time change for this episode is just TeenNick playing it safe, aka trying not to possibly get fined across all time zones since the network doesn’t seem to delay its programming for the west coast (Yes, TN is subscription based, but don’t think that’ll stop some crazed adults from complaining and trying to say the show is being obscene, especially with this episode being about rape and implications from the Degrassi cast/crew that this episode will be more graphic than other major rape/violence storylines in the past). TeenNick has been very casual about announcing the time change; if this were a legitimate ploy to boost ratings, they’d be all over social media promoting it as “OMG IT’S THE EPISODE THAT’S SO INTENSE AND CONTROVERSIAL THAT WE HAD TO MOVE IT BACK AN HOUR!”
In the end, it doesn’t matter why. By the end of tonight, no one will care about the time change; everyone will be focused on what happened in “Unbelievable,” which is the most-hyped episode we’ve seen in a while. My expectations for this episode are high, and yours should be as well given the real-life events which this storyline is based off of. The events of tonight’s episode were subtly set up in last week’s episode; I thought last week at the very end of Basket Case they were going to get a head start showing the aftermath of the party from Zoë’s perspective, but they didn’t and that’s okay.
The fallout of this episode has the potential to be huge. With Cam’s suicide we saw a lot of reactions from characters, but the direct impact was limited to a few (Maya, Eli, Zig, Dallas). In Unbelievable, not only will Zoë be affected by what’s happened, but impact will possibly be felt by the entire Hollingsworth family, the Bakers, the culprits and anyone else who might’ve been at the party.
There is no After Degrassi tonight. However, Degrassi will be releasing webisode #2 of “Dress You Up,” the story of Maya searching for a way to afford a prom dress. Next week the schedule will get back to normal, with Degrassi airing “What It’s Like” at 9pm EST in Canada and the U.S. I’ll post promos for that tonight. I’ll work for getting my review of “Unbelievable” up late tonight.