Degrassi Co-Creator Linda Schuyler on Degrassi’s Emmy Nomination

In honour of Degrassi’s 2012 Emmy Nomination, Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler recently did an interview with Gold Derby.

In the interview (which includes a 17 minute video), Linda discusses how Degrassi has been influenced by her years as a junior high school teacher. She also talks about Degrassi’s mission and what the series is known for, such as its fearlessness and issue-based storylines.

Obviously one storyline and character in particular is getting a lot of attention. Degrassi’s portrayal of a transgender teenager is definitely a television ‘first,’ and it has already won Degrassi a Peabody Award. This is obviously a source of pride for the producers of Degrassi (as it should be!). In this interview, Linda explained: “When we received that award they said to us, ‘Degrassi neither trivialized nor over-sensationalized the issue,’ and … that’s what we aim for.”

Make sure you watch the entire video interview with Linda on GoldDerby.com. It is very interesting for all past and present Degrassians!


Degrassi Nominated for a 2012 Emmy Award!

Wow wow WOW! What else is there to say?

The 2012 Emmy Nominations were announced this morning, and I am very happy to say that Degrassi was among the nominees!

Degrassi has been nominated in the Outstanding Children’s Program category alongside Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, Nickelodeon’s iCarly, and HBO’s The Weight of the Nation for Kids: Great Cafeteria Takeover.

Last year, Degrassi was nominated in the same category, but lost to A Child’s Garden of Poetry. The show has also won International Emmy’s in the 1980′s for Degrassi Junior High and the Kids of Degrassi Street.

Congratulations to everybody at Epitome, including the entire cast and crew of Degrassi. We are all so proud of you!

Full list of 2012 Emmy Nominations


Photos: Degrassi Cast at the MMVA’s

Check out pictures of the Degrassi cast at last night’s Much Music Video Awards in the gallery!


Degrassi Cast at the Much Music Video Awards

The Much Music Video Awards took place in Toronto last night, and various Degrassi cast members were there! Munro Chambers, Christine Prosperi, Jessica Tyler, Luke Bilyk, Jahmil French, and Alicia Josipovic were there representing the current cast, as well as Degrassi alumnus like Cassie Steele and Shenae Grimes.

Munro presented an award to Justin Bieber towards the end of the evening. He also answered some questions in the press room (see above video), and talked about aspiring to follow in Ryan Gosling’s footsteps, what it’s like to be called a “sex symbol,” and what we can expect from Eli in season 12.

Keep checking back, because we will update as soon as more pictures and video of our Degrassi cast at the MMVA’s are released.

-Watch the MMVA’s on MuchMusic.com (Munro Chambers and Shenae Grimes presenting)
-YouTube: Munro Chambers Presents an Award to Justin Bieber
-Watch the Be Bold Lounge (Munro Chambers and Cassie Steele are interviewed)
-New Season 12 Promo (Low Quality)
-Munro Chambers Backstage Interview
-Degrassi Cast on the Red Carpet with Inside Pulse – Video 1 & Video 2


Degrassi Cast to Appear at the MMVA’s

The Much Music Video Awards are less than 2 weeks away, and if you aren’t already excited to see Kelly Clarkson, LMFAO, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, and Darren Criss, Degrassians will be excited for this.

Much Music announced that Degrassi’s own Munro Chambers will be one of the presenters this year, along with Degrassi alumnus Shenae Grimes. We are expecting other Degrassi cast members to also attend (they are there almost every year). A few of them have confirmed via Twitter that they will be there, so be sure to keep an eye out for the cast during the Red Carpet Special.

The MMVA’s are taking place Sunday, June 17th. You can watch it all on Much Music, with the award show beginning at 9:00 p.m. For more information on the MMVA’s, check out their official website.


Degrassi Cast at the GLAAD Awards

The GLAAD Media Awards took place in San Francisco this past weekend, and a few of our Degrassians were in attendance. Degrassi cast members Annie Clark and Jordan Todosey were there, along with Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler. All three of them looked stunning as they posed for photos on the red carpet. During the ceremony, Degrassi lost the Outstanding Drama Series award to Grey’s Anatomy. Nonetheless, it’s clear that the entire Degrassi community has a lot to be proud of.

Check out photos of Annie, Jordy, and Linda in our gallery!


Degrassi Nominated for 2012 Banff Rockies Award


Some exciting news for the cast and crew of Degrassi this morning, as the series was nominated for a Banff Rockies Award at the Banff Television Festival!

Degrassi is one of the Youth Programs (13+) Fiction finalists. Other finalists include KRIMI.DE – Schuldig (Germany), The Fades (United Kingdom), Leonardo (United Kingdom), 13 Hours – Race Against Time (Germany), and Heartland (Canada).

Degrassi is nominated for the “Extraordinary Machine” episode from last summer. From BanffMediaFestival.com:
This episode features three slice of life stories. The teens are forced to deal with the all too adult situations of recognizing mental illness, the consequences of drug use, and giving a baby up for adoption. Each story focuses on its main characters as they deal with the direct consequences of their decisions. In this single episode the viewer gets a small taste of each character’s season-long journey of discovery: learning just how strong they can really be.

The Banff World Media Awards are an internationally-recognized award program awarding the best in television and digital media from around the world. The winners will be presented at the Banff World Media Festival on June 10-13, 2012.


Linda Schuyler Named to the Order of Ontario

Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler has been named to the Order of Ontario!

The Order of Ontario is considered to be the province’s highest honour, and Linda is one of 27 outstanding individuals who were chosen. The Order of Ontario appointees are chosen for their contributions to history, politics, science, art, law, medicine, the environment and philanthropy. Nominations are made by members of the public, recognizing forward-thinkers, activists, and humanitarians in the province of Ontario.

Linda and the other nominees will be invested at a ceremony on January 26th.

Congratulations to Linda for this well-deserved honour!


Degrassi Nominated for a GLAAD Media Award!

Congratulations to the cast and crew of Degrassi, as the show was just nominated for a GLAAD Media Award for the second year in a row! Degrassi is nominated in the “Outstanding Drama Series” category along with Pretty Little Liars, Shameless, Grey’s Anatomy, and Torchwood. Degrassi is receiving recognition for the various LBGT storylines on the show this past year, including fan favourites Adam and Fiona. As always, we couldn’t be more proud!

The GLAAD Media Awards are an annual event presented by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. They aim to celebrate and award the best images of the LGBT community in the media. This year, the Awards will be held in New York (March 24), Los Angeles (April 21), and San Francisco (June 2).

Degrassi has previously been nominated for 3 other GLAAD Awards. The first was in 2004 for Marco’s storyline. Paige and Alex’s relationship garnered Degrassi another GLAAD nomination in 2008. And last year, Degrassi was nominated for the show’s groundbreaking transgender character Adam.

Check out the other nominees in this video. Good luck to Degrassi!


Linda Schuyler Wins the Bonham Centre Award

Degrassi creator Linda Schuyler can add another award to her impressive list of achievements. She was recently honoured with the Bonham Centre Award from the University of Toronto’s Mark S Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.

The award was presented to Linda yesterday along with Dustin Lance Black (screenwriter of Milk). The award recognizes individuals for their contributions to the development of sex education and sexual diversity in the public sphere. Past winners include sex educator Sue Johanson, who guest starred on Degrassi Junior High and TNG.

At the ceremony, Mark S. Bonham discussed Degrassi’s lasting influence on youth culture, stating: “Linda’s series was the first TV show with an adolescent cast and an adolescent audience .. And in a positive way, that shaped and educated this generation’s thinking and outlook on life.

Former Degrassi star Adamo Ruggiero was also on hand to describe how Linda and Degrassi changed his life: “I remember growing up in a Catholic school and being bullied,” Adamo said. “I was struggling with my own sexual identity when Linda plucked me from the suburbs of Toronto and gave me this beautiful gift of Marco.

Congratulations Linda!

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