Earlier this year, Teen Nick, or whatever it is called now, decided to cancel Degrassi and we were all sad for like a minute. That’s because within minutes after the cancellation, Netflix announced that they were saving the much loved teen drama. Ever since then, we haven’t heard much about Degrassi: Next Class. That all changed today because they released the first trailer for the show about high school angst.
Even though it has a new home room, it still looks like the same old Degrassi we know and love. Maybe even a little better because they can do more than they did before. Because of that January 15th can’t come soon enough.
Degrassi is the only time I know I look forward to high school.
Earlier this month, Teen Nick cancelled Degrassi and the show announced it is moving to Netflix. As the long running teen drama prepares for it’s move, some of the original TNG cast members got together to shoot promo and shared some photos from their reunion.
How cool is it to see Spinner (Shane Kippel), Paige (Lauren Collins), Craig (Jake Epstein) and Marco (Adamo Ruggiero) together again. Maybe Netflix would consider giving them their own show and follow them around as they try to survive in LA. I’d watch, wouldn’t you?
Last week, TeenNick announced that they would not be picking up Degrassi for another season and we were sad. The day after the announcement, EP Stephen Stohn announced that we should expect some big news and today he Tweeted what it is. Degrassi is now holding classes at Netflix starting next year. That’s right, Netflix saves another and this one was worth it.
So who will be back? According to the press release, “Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell” will all be back.
No word if episodes from the show’s 35, yes 35, year run were also acquired by Netflix, but I really hope that they were. We can see what things have changed over time and what haven’t.
After 14 incredible years, Degrassi is graduating from TeenNick in July. The network announced the news today and my heart is breaking. Just when the show was old enough to go to high school, they pulled the plug on the show about high school.
For 2 weeks starting on July 20th, TeenNick will air the final 12 episodes. Then on July 31st, they will air a special called It Goes There: Degrassiâ€™s Most Talked About Moments followed by the hour long series finale.
I just can’t comprehend their decision. The show was a great way for teens and forever-teens to learn lessons that their patents and teachers weren’t teaching them and so much more. I think it is one of them most important shows for students and it is a real shame it’s ending.
Hopefully, in 10 years we will get the next generation of Degrassi, just like Degrassi: The Next Generation came out of Degrassi High after a decade.
On that note, I hope a lot of the originals come back for the series finale, just like a lot of people from the first series returned for the new one when it started out.
How do you feel about this awful news?
Madonna did a Britney Spears and brought Drake on stage with her at Coachella. She had him sit on a chair and then she proceeded to make out with him. Since the Degrassi star believes YOLO, he kept touching her hair as she passionately kissed him. The Material Girl didn’t like his hand on her mane, so she did something in his mouth. What she did we don’t know, but his face says it all.
So what do you think she did? Did she bite his tongue? Did she spit in his mouth? Or did the 28 year old realize he just made out with a woman twice his age? I say all of the above.
Drake was on Jimmy Kimmel Live yesterday and the ABC late night show had some fun with him. They put him in disguise and then sent him out on to Hollywood Blvd to ask people questions about himself. Since he was wearing a wig, glasses, fake beard and nerdy clothing, no one knew it was the Degrassi star all made up. Because he was unrecognizable, the people were honest about how they felt about him. Let’s just say, he’s probably happy he only lives once because they were not that nice. Poor Jimmy Brooks, at least he has Rihanna’s shoulder to cry on.
Drake was on Late Night yesterday and Jimmy Fallon challenged him to a game a of Beer Hockey. You’d think because Jimmy Brooks is Canadian that the game would be easy peasy for him. Well, he thought so too and went into it all confident. But after downing his second beer, he’s grateful that Canadians love Degrassi as much as hockey or he might not be allowed back in.
Hopefully things will go much better for him when he hosts Saturday Night Live tomorrow on NBC.
In just over a year Drake has gotten in to a fight with Chris Brown over Rihanna, had Amanda Bynes Tweet him some really weird stuff and yesterday he was rejected from the Miami Heat locker room after their amazing Game 7 win. The actor turned rapper tried using his all access pass to congratulate his friend LeBron James, but the security guard wasn’t having it. He said that the locker room was only open to the media, so Drake claimed that he was. Sadly for the Degrassi star the line “I am media” didn’t work. On that note is it too soon to say that Jimmy Brooks was shot down?
Hey Drake, If you are still sad about not being let in the Miami Heat locker room, I am sure Amanda Bynes will let you heat up her locker room anytime and that might cheer you up.
Neil Hope who played Wheels on Degrassi passed four and a half years (November 25, 2007) ago at the age of 35 from natural causes, but his death is first being reported today according to Toronto.com.
Degrassi’s Executive Producers Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn from Epitome Pictures released a statement about his passing, “We were terribly saddened to hear the news. Neil made an important contribution to our lives, to the lives of our television team who are like a family to us, and indeed to the lives of the many Canadians and others around the world who were influenced by Neil and the roles he played starting from the early days of The Kids of Degrassi Street. His life was not an easy one, but the time he spent with us was a shining example of determination, hard work and hopeful optimism, and he is sorely missed.” Stohn added on Twitter, “We are all terribly saddened by this news. Neil and his character Wheels in the early Degrassi deeply touched many lives. We have respected the privacy of the family by not saying anything until now, but our entire team is very emotional about his passing”
Hope is one of the few actors who acted in almost every version of Degrassi from The Kids of Degrassi all the way up until the latest installment of Degrassi: The Next Generation. He last appeared on the show during D:TNG’s third season.
Hope’s death is hitting me hard because I had such a crush on him when I was growing up. Wheels has always been my favorite character in the Degrassi franchise.
So today take some time to remember him by watching him in an episode of Degrassi Junior High or Degrassi High. Or better yet belt out Everybody Wants Something and let him know we are will never give up loving him.
Below is one of his of greatest episodes: