Yesterday I shared a recap of the main topics discussed at the ATX Television Festival’s Degrassi panel. But I also wanted to talk about my personal favourite moments from the event. I’ve selected 6 moments, for which you can read the direct quotes below. These are my favourite moments because they really get to the heart of Degrassi and I think they show how beautiful Degrassi is as a piece of Canadian culture.
1. Lauren and Stefan continuing the never-ending debate on the believability of Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi Takes Manhattan
Lauren: If it happened in “Degrassi Takes Manhattan” or “Degrassi Goes Hollywood,” it’s not canon. That’s what I said, right?
Stefan: Says you, says you. Those stories are full on Degrassi. They are moments in lives, they go crazy. I’m not saying that because I directed them. I’m just saying that people have moments like that, right. And they go crazy and come back, etc.
Continue reading My favourite moments from the Degrassi: TNG 20th Anniversary Panel
It finally happened! Tonight the Degrassi cast and producers reunited for a panel at the ATX Television Festival. Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Stefan Brogren, Aaron Martin, Jake Epstein, Aislinn Paul, Shane Kippel, Luke Bilyk, Lauren Collins, Munro Chambers, Daniel Clark, Andrea Lewis and Christina Schmidt were all in attendance at the pre-recorded panel. They spoke about a wide range of topics from their time on Degrassi, storylines that they loved, fan interactions over the years, and much more.
Overall I really enjoyed watching this panel. Seeing this group of people interact with each other again was so special. However, it was unfortunate that there wasn’t a lot of new information. As a super fan, I felt like I already knew most of what they talked about (I’m still waiting for the details on what happened when Next Class was cancelled!). However, there were definitely a few times when I was feeling the emotions, such as when Lauren said she wanted Degrassi to come back one day so her son would have something like it to watch.
Since this panel was behind a pay wall and also it was a one-time only event, I’ve tried to summarize the main points that they discussed below.
Continue reading Recapping the ATX Television Festival’s Degrassi: TNG 20th Anniversary Panel
Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein were on CBC Radio’s show Q today to talk about the 20th Anniversary of Degrassi: The Next Generation as well as the panel happening this Friday at the ATX Television Festival. In the 20-minute interview, Lauren and Jake talk about their Degrassi characters, what it meant to be on the show, and play a little Degrassi trivia.
You can listen to the full interview right here or on the CBC Listen app. You can also watch the interview on Q’s YouTube Channel.
Here are some of the main topics that were covered:
-The impact Degrassi had on its fans
-The difference in terms of the reception Degrassi got in Toronto vs the US
-Feeling proud of being part of something that was pushing the envelop
-Filming Drake’s “I’m Upset” music video
-What Drake’s popularity did for the legacy of Degrassi
In addition to the Degrassi reunion panel on June 11, Linda Schuyler will be participating in another panel at the ATX Television Festival!
The panel is called “Abortion and Reproductive Rights on TV: Advancing the Narrative.” It will explore how abortion is represented on TV and how TV can further improve depictions of abortion by creating awareness and encouraging better representation.
The other panelists include: Carina Adly Mackenzie (Showrunner/Executive Producer, “Roswell, New Mexico”), Merritt Tierce (Writer, “Orange is the New Black”), Jacey Heldrich (Writer, “The Handmaid’s Tale”), and Janine Sherman Barrois (Showrunner/Executive Producer, “Claws”).
The panel will be pre-recorded and available in the VOD Library. This Library is only available to Festival Badgeholders, which means that if you only bought a Day Pass for the Degrassi event you won’t have access to it. Badges are still available for purchase and cost $150 USD.
Recently I was going through some old books and I came across my copy of the Degrassi agenda (AKA the Degrassi 2005-2006 18-Month Student Planner).
This agenda was released in Canada in 2005. I don’t know if it was ever released in the US. I remember it came out around the same time as the Degrassi Generations: The Official 411 book.
I purchased this agenda at a bookstore when I was 16 years old on August 25, 2005. I know it was this exact date because I found an old Livejournal entry that I made when I bought it.
Continue reading Degrassi Nostalgia: The 2005 – 2006 Degrassi Student Planner
HUGE NEWS!! The producers and cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation will be participating in a panel at the Austin-based ATX Television Festival in June. Here is everything you need to know about the panel and how you can attend.
When is the panel?
The Degrassi panel will be on June 11, which is the first day of the Festival. It will be at 7:00pm CT (8:00pm EST). It is supposed to be 1 hour long. After it airs, it will be available until 2:00am CT the next day for festival goers (in case you’re not able to tune in live).
What is the Degrassi panel and who is participating?
The panel will commemorate the 20th anniversary of Degrassi: The Next Generation (TNG premiered in October 2001). It is presented by Tubi, which is one of the platforms where Degrassi: TNG is streaming.
As of now, the confirmed participants are Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Stefan Brogren, Jake Epstein, Aislinn Paul, Shane Kippel, Luke Bilyk, Lauren Collins, Munro Chambers, Daniel Clark, Andrea Lewis and Christina Schmidt.
During the panel, the panelists will discuss storylines and moments from the series, behind the scenes stories, and more.
Continue reading Everything we know so far about the Degrassi: TNG Reunion at the ATX Television Festival
If you’ve been paying attention to what WildBrain is doing from a business perspective, you may have noticed that over the past year or so they have been more focused on making their content available through their WildBrain Spark network. WildBrain Spark is a kids and family network on AVOD (advertising-based video on demand i.e. YouTube). Instead of selling content to a streamer or traditional television network, WildBrain is distributing their shows (such as Degrassi) on YouTube and collecting ad revenue.
Continue reading WildBrain’s YouTube Strategy and What it Could Mean for the Future of Degrassi
This year Degrassi: The Next Generation is turning 20 years old, which means that I’ve been watching Degrassi for 2 decades (nearly 2/3 of my life!). Throughout that time I’ve gone through so many ups and downs, always with Degrassi by my side. Degrassi has always been there for me, whether as a distraction, form of entertainment, community, or comfort.
Today I’m doing something they I’ve never done on this blog before, and that is sharing my experience as a Degrassi fan from the first episode I watched to present day. I’m doing this for 2 reasons: (1) to show how special Degrassi is and how it has impacted people such as myself, and (2) to document all of my memories so I can look back on them for years to come.
Continue reading Sharing my ‘Degrassi Story’
Did you know that there are a number of Degrassi-related books available? Degrassi may be a television series, but if you want to step away from a screen and read about Degrassi you can do this too. Here is a list of my favourite Degrassi books and how you can find them in 2021.
Continue reading Degrassi Books To Read During Quarantine
This year I’m planning on doing an “In Defense Of” series in which I choose a Degrassi character who is controversial in the Degrassi fandom and write about why they are a great character. And who better to start with than Tristan Milligan? Tristan is a character who went through a lot during his time on Degrassi. He was always the kind of character that people had very strong feelings about, but since the end of Degrassi: Next Class I personally feel that the fan hatred towards Tristan has only intensified. A lot of people don’t like Tristan because of the way in which he lashes out at other characters. Hopefully this post will help to bring some compassion and understanding to people who feel like they can relate to Tristan.
As a little disclaimer, this post is not meant to shame or criticize anyone who doesn’t like Tristan. We all bring our own experiences and points of view when watching Degrassi, and therefore we all have different interpretations of the characters and storylines. I firmly believe that this is what makes Degrassi so beautiful.
Continue reading In Defense of… Tristan Milligan