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Recapping the ATX Television Festival’s 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.

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Lauren Collins and Jake Epstein Interviewed by CBC Radio for Degrassi: TNG’s 20th Anniversary

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

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Linda Schuyler Participating in Another Panel at the ATX Television Festival

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.

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Degrassi Nostalgia: The 2005 – 2006 Degrassi Student Planner

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.

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Everything we know so far about the Degrassi: TNG Reunion at the ATX Television Festival

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.

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WildBrain’s YouTube Strategy and What it Could Mean for the Future of Degrassi

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.

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Sharing my ‘Degrassi Story’

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.

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Degrassi Books To Read During Quarantine

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.

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In Defense of… Tristan Milligan

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.

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5 International Teen Dramas Degrassi Can Learn From

Since Degrassi Next Class ended in 2017, the teen drama genre has changed dramatically. Traditional TV networks are under increasing competition from streaming giants. And many of the players have shifted their focus to older demographics that are more appealing to advertisers. However, as North American teen shows become more and more rare (especially on network television), we have seen a rise in popularity for teen shows in languages other than English set and filmed outside of North America. While these series typically do not make a ton of money or get a lot of views, they have passionate and loyal fanbases on social media. When Degrassi does return, the producers will need to think about where Degrassi fits in with this modern teen drama landscape. Here are 5 superb international teen dramas that I think Degrassi can learn from when deciding on a new direction for the franchise.

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Degrassi Status Update – February 2021

It’s now been almost 5 years since Degrassi last filmed an episode, and 3 and a half years since a new episode premiered. That’s a long time to go without Degrassi. To put this into context, this is the longest we’ve gone without a new episode of Degrassi since the break between School’s Out! and Degrassi: The Next Generation (almost 9 years apart). It’s safe to say that we are all missing our Degrassi fix.

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35 Years of Degrassi: My top 10 All Time Favourite Degrassi Moments

What is your favourite moment in Degrassi history?

This is a question that gets asked a lot in the Degrassi fandom. With 35 years of history and 400+ episodes spanning multiple generations, there are a lot of moments to choose from. Within those 35 years, Degrassi has had moments that are funny, heart wrenching, awkward, uncomfortable, painful, joyous, empowering, relatable… the list goes on and on.

What I loved most about Degrassi when I was growing up was how connected I felt to some of the storylines. There were scenes that I would watch over and over and over again as a teenager, because it was a way for me to be able to articulate how I felt and know that other people out there were feeling it too.

I’ve always wanted to make a blog post about this, but the challenge of narrowing down 35 years of incredible Degrassi moments into a list of 10 seemed like an impossible task. However, with a little patience and perseverance I think I’ve finally done just that!

Disclaimer: This is a list of the top 10 Degrassi moments that mean the most to me personally. I’m not claiming that these are the “best” Degrassi moments of all time, as you will notice that there are a number of important Degrassi moments missing from this list (e.g. the school shooting, Spike’s pregnancy, Marco’s coming out storyline, etc.). This list is 100% subjective, and I’m sure if you asked 10 different Degrassi fans this exact question you would get 10 different answers.

Without further ado, here are my all-time favourite Degrassi moments…

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Family Channel Announces Degrassi: Next Class Premiere Date, New Teen Timeslot F2N, First 5 Minutes of Episode 1

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m still trying to catch my breath after today’s round of Degrassi: Next Class announcements!

It all started this morning when cast members Sara Waisglass, Ricardo Hoyos, and Stefan Brogren appeared on Toronto’s Breakfast Television to promote Degrassi’s upcoming season. It ended with a slew of new trailers, sneak peeks, opening credits, interviews and more!

In case you were at work or school and missed out on all the fun, here is an overview of everything Degrassi that was released today. Prepare yourselves because it’s all so unbelievably exciting that you may not be able to concentrate on anything other than Degrassi after this.

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New Year, New Look, New Degrassi! Everything you need to know about Degrassi: Next Class on Netflix in 2016

Degrassi is back with a new network, new look, new cast and new drama!

Degrassians got a thrilling wake up call this morning when Netflix released the first trailer for Degrassi: Next Class. The trailer, which is approximately 1 minute in length, includes a ton of exciting new clips from the upcoming season. Netflix has geo-blocked the trailer, but Canadians can watch it on ET Canada’s Blog.

But it’s not all about the trailer. In addition to the trailer, new details on Degrassi: Next Class have been revealed. Here is a brief summary of everything that was announced today:

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Taking a Step Back…

Hi everyone,

Over the past few weeks, you have probably noticed that Degrassi Online has not been updated as frequently as it once was. I wanted to let everyone know that I will be taking a step back from this website over the next few months.

When I started Degrassi Online in 2008 (back then it was still, there were very few Degrassi fansites or blogs. Twitter and Tumblr were not as prominent as they are today, and Degrassi was between the new and TNG generations. I started as a way to support the show that I loved and believed in. I knew there was an audience who would watch the new generation (then Clare, KC, Alli, etc.), and I wanted to connect to that audience. When I was a teenager, Degrassi was my hope. It was the one thing I could look forward to every week. It is so great to see future generations having that as well.

It has been an amazing 4 years. I have made some incredible friendships in the Degrassi universe and I am so grateful for the experiences that we have all shared together. I have had the privilege of visiting the set of Degrassi, working with the amazingly dedicated people at Epitome, and leading various projects such as our most recent Degrassi Design Competition.

I know this probably sounds like a ‘goodbye’ message, but I don’t intend it to be. Degrassi Online will not be closing completely. You will still be able to find all of our old content, podcasts, etc. You may also hear from me from time to time, but note that I will not be able to update very often. There will be a lot of changes in my life next year as I have been given various opportunities that I am excited to take on. I don’t have the time and motivation that this website requires, but I will never stop watching Degrassi (how could I?).

Love to all Degrassians!

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Watch Degrassi in Ghana This Sunday on Much Music

Degrassi In Ghana is set to premiere this Sunday at 7:30 ET on Much Music! The documentary special follows the cast of Degrassi during their trip to Ghana this past summer with Free The Children.

If you haven’t already, you can watch all of the previous Degrassi/Free The Children documentaries on YouTube:
Degrassi in Kenya
Degrassi in Ecuador
Degrassi in India
Degrassi in Haiti

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Degrassi Design Competition: And the Winners Are…

Congratulations to the winner and runner up in our Degrassi Design Competition!

I am very excited to announce that the winning design is the Degrassi Cardigan submitted by Amanda! The cardigan received the highest number of votes from the fans, and it was the top choice amongst the contest officiators. This winning design will inspire a new product in the Degrassi online store.

Degrassi Cardigan by Amanda

The Degrassi Crest Cardigan. It’s casual and subtle way to share your degrassi pride, as if you attended the school yourself. The crest is the one shown in the previous DTG Logo put at the top left breast corner of a charcoal cardigan. It goes well with any outfit and is timeless due to how discreet and trendy the style.

The runner up is Alysha who submitted the Degrassi Sweatpants idea. Congratulations to Alysha who will receive a coupon to be used in the Degrassi online store!

Degrassi Sweatpants by Alysha

Today, everyone loves sweatpants. People go to school in them, relax in them, and you can never have enough. Sweatpants that come in black, grey, or dark blue, with either the words “Degrassi” or “Panthers” down the left or right side of the leg (all in capitals). Black and dark blue sw eatpants with white letters, and Grey sweatpants with darker letters. It can also have the Degrassi school logo near the top right of the pants. People could be advertising their favourite school everywhere, and it’s something easy for the cast and crew sport while on set, or out and about. Sorry for my paint version of my drawing…im a worse artist. Obviously I am open to flexibility on the material and other things. I was thinking along the lines of what high school “spirit wear” would look like. I kind of modeled this idea from my high school pants and university pants that I’ve seen people around campus wear. Make them comfy, make them bold and make them the best sweatpants around.

Congratulations to all of our finalists! A special thank you to all Degrassi fans who submitted designs. We had a lot of fun going through your creative and inspiring entries!

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Degrassi Design Competition: Vote For Your Favourite Design!

Degrassi Online has partnered with Brüzer for an exciting competition that gives YOU the ability to have a say in the Degrassi merchandise. This past month we have been accepting your design ideas. To remind you – the winning design submission will inspire a new product, which will be added to the Degrassi online store powered by Brüzer. The winner will also receive a coupon for CAD$150 to spend in the official Degrassi on-line store. The Runner-up will receive a coupon of CAD$50 to spend in the official Degrassi on-line store.

The winners will be announced at the end of the month, but now it’s time for you to vote!!

After reviewing all of your submissions, we have narrowed it down to 10 finalists. Read each design idea carefully, and then use the poll to select your favourite design. All votes will be kept confidential, and you may only vote once.


EDIT (Nov. 26, 2012): The voting period has now ended! Thank you for your participation.