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AfterEllen Interviews Cristine Prosperi on Fimogen’s Future

Fiona and Imogen (better known as ‘Fimogen’) are arguably one of Degrassi’s most popular couples. One half of that power couple – Cristine Prosperi – recently did an interview with AfterEllen.com, discussing Fimogen as well as her experience playing a LGBT character on television.

In the interview, Cristine reveals that she was surprised, although “super comfortable” with playing Imogen after discovering that she would be dating Fiona. On Imogen’s sexuality, Cristine says that she thinks Imogen “just likes people in general,” but that she really likes Fiona and Imogen together. In particular, the fan reaction to the relationship has resonated with Cristine -

AE: Once the bisexual story started, what were you hearing from fans out there who were maybe experiencing the same thing in their lives?
CP: On Twitter, we get tons of mentions saying “I just came out to my parents. Thank you so much for helping me.” Also, “I feel more comfortable with my girlfriend” and “I feel more comfortable with my sexuality.” I get these all the time and it’s so refreshing and great that we get to connect with the fans that way because it’s so relatable. That’s the best part of being on the show, for sure.

Read the complete interview on AfterEllen.com.

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Degrassi is BACK Tomorrow at 9pm ET!

Congratulations Degrassians! We made it!!

The hiatus (which seemed like an eternity) is officially over.

Tomorrow at 9pm ET Degrassi will premiere a brand new episode on TeenNick & Much Music. Titled Building a Mystery Part 1, the episode focuses on Becky and Adam’s relationship with Becky worrying about how her conservative parents will react. Other storylines include Eli turning to Jake for help with film ideas, and Bianca encouraging Drew to reconnect with his Mom.

Check out preview videos for the episode from Much Music and HollywoodLife.com! It should be a great episode. Welcome back Degrassi!

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Degrassi Merchandise: The Panthers 88 T-Shirt

Fall is upon us Degrassians!

What are you up to this fall? Working hard at school and/or work? Filling your closet with fall fashion? Watching football from the couch? How about cheering on your favorite football team, or even your classmates from the sidelines?!

I know if I was at Degrassi I’d definitely be going to as many home games as possible! There’s something about the energy on the field, and watching the people you have History class with out there representing your school, striving for that win! How could you now want to cheer on Mo, Owen, Connor, Drew and the rest of the Panthers?!

A piece that showcases my love for Degrassi football is the Degrassi Panthers 88 Tee. Not only does it represent the Degassi Panthers with a sporty flair but, it has also been worn on the show by a former member of the football team, Jane! TOO cool! Head on over to the Degrassi on-line store and check out the various products including the Panthers 88 Tee. Go team, GO!

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‘We Day’ 2012 Inspires Compassion and Hope

Today I had the privilege of attending We Day, Free The Children’s annual event aimed at inspiring young people across Canada. This was my second year at We Day, and it was even more inspiring and thought-provoking than the last. I was live-tweeting throughout the day, and you can read my thoughts at @DegrassiOnline.

For those of you who don’t know, We Day is a one day celebration of change and social activism. There are various ‘We Day’s’ across Canada (Vancouver, Montreal, etc.), but today’s massive event took place at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto. Approximately 20,000 young people were there for what organizers describe as “the call that brings a generation together.” Motivational speakers and celebrities appeared alongside some of today’s top musical artists. The goal was to inspire the audience to give back and change the world through a yearlong educational program.

This year performers included Jennifer Hudson who sang an incredible rendition of ‘Hallelujah,’ Nelly Furtado who performed alongside surprise guest K’naan, and future Degrassi guest stars Hedley. But the highlight of the day definitely had to be the speakers. Me to We speaker Molly Burke left the audience speechless as she described a particularly harsh experience with bullying. Canadian MP and future Liberal leadership candidate Justin Trudeau spoke about the difficulties that Aboriginal communities face in Canada. Lieutenant-General The Honourable Roméo Dallaire told the audience the importance this generation plays in stopping the use of child soldiers. And actor/activist Martin Sheen inspired the audience with his words about social activism at any age.

While the cast of Degrassi did not speak on stage at We Day this year, they were in the audience and meeting fans throughout the day! As well, a special video highlighting Degrassi’s recent trip to Ghana was played during the event. The video showed Degrassi cast members meeting the locals in the community and volunteering their time. Sam Earle described Ghana as “rich and beautiful,” and Charlotte Arnold expressed that she feels “re-energized to change my life in a positive way when I get home.” My guess is that these clips were from another Degrassi/Free The Children documentary that we will hopefully get to see sometime soon!

Update: Watch the Degrassi video right here!!

As one would expect from We Day, I left feeling rejuvenated, motivated, and empowered. Degrassi’s involvement with Free the Children has inspired all of us, and I feel like there is so much more that we could do. Throughout the years, Degrassi has taught us valuable life lessons, but their work giving back to the community with Free The Children is perhaps one of the most important lessons of all. There are thousands of Degrassians communicating via Twitter, Tumblr, etc. If we all came together, who knows what our wonderful amazing little fandom could accomplish?

For information on Me to We & Free The Children, visit their websites (FreeTheChildren.com and MeToWe.com). There you can find information on their upcoming campaigns such as We Create Change, We Scare Hunger, We Are Silent and many more. Think about what you are most passionate about, and see how other young people are making real impacts that are tangible and measureable. As Craig & Marc Kielburger would say – you can change the world!

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Much Music Fall Season Press Release!

Much Music released their press release today for the fall season. While the press release did contain some info we already knew about (e.g. Chaz Bono will be making an appearance), it also include some new spoilers as well.

We now know that Canadian rock band Hedley will be making a guest appearance AND Degrassi will be moving back to it’s 9 p.m. ET timeslot (instead of 10 p.m. in the summer).

Chaz Bono and Canada’s rock royalty Hedley are among the exciting guest appearances on DEGRASSI, when the iconic series returns Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Much. The second half of Season 12 is jam-packed with dramatic storylines and challenging topics, tackling issues such as bullying, depression, and gender identity struggles. Full episodes of DEGRASSI are available on muchmusic.com, following the broadcast premiere.

When fans last saw the students of DEGRASSI, Eli’s school play, Romeo and Jules, had a successful opening night, and Clare made a decision to get even with Asher by going to the police. When DEGRASSI kicks off the second half of this season with “Building a Mystery” (Part 1), Becky begins to fall for Adam and worries about how her conservative parents will react. Meanwhile, Bianca urges Drew to reconnect with his mom. At a loss for film ideas, Eli is desperate for creative inspiration.

The mid-season finale of Season 12 in August was the #1 specialty program in its timeslot in its key demographic of viewers 12-17, as well as the #1 non-sports specialty program, with viewers 12-34.

Read the complete press release here!