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'Degrassi' spin-off 'Highland Gardens' casts Jewel Staite and Chelan Simmons-- but they don't want you to know that

"Degrassi" spin-off, "Highland Gardens," has started production in Toronto, Canada, but it appears the cast is being rather secretive about their involvement in the 6-episode series.As we reported a few weeks ago, Cassie Steele will be reprising her role as Manny Santos on the series centered around the titular Hollywood hotel where many Canadian actors live during pilot season. Well now it appears she has two new costars."Firefly's" Jewel Staite, who we recently shared would film a guest spot on "Supernatural," and "Kyle XY's" Chelan Simmons have joined the cast. However, the actresses seem to be trying to keep the details under wraps. Why? We have no idea. "Hey world: follow my new gorgeous and lovely co-stars on my new show I still can't tell you about: @ChelanLSimmons @cassandrasteele," Staite tells fans via twitter.Maybe she can't spill the details, but Vancouver-based talent agency, Principals Talent was more than ecstatic to share Simmons' casting news on... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/08/degrassi-spin-off-highland-gardens-casts-jewel-staite-and-chelan-simmons---but-they-dont-want-you-to.html

Cassie Steele to return as Manny Santos in Degrassi spin-off

Heads up Degrassi fans! The adventures of Manny Santos aren't quite over yet. Cassie Steele will be reprising her Degrassi role in the new series from Epitome Pictures, "Highland Gardens". The series will revolve around a group of Canadians looking to make it big in Los Angeles living together at the Highland Gardens Motel which was the subject of the 2004 documentary, Camp Hollywood. CTV picked up the show back in December, but at that point it was unclear whether or not it would be a spin off.  "It might or might not be a Degrassi spin-off" Producer, Stephen Stohn told The Star Scoop "we're still deciding." It looks like the decision has been made. Currently IMDB lists Steele as the only castmember and confirms she will be playing the ever sassy Manny Santos once again. No word on whether or not TeenNick has picked it up to air in the US, but with the recent cancelation of the Hollywood-centric... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/cassie-steele-to-return-as-manny-santos-in-degrassi-spin-off.html

'Degrassi' premiere: Keke Palmer on playing Keke Palmer

"Degrassi: The Next Generation" kicks off its eleventh - yes, eleventh - season on Monday night on TeenNick at 8 p.m. with a special one-hour episode... and Degrassi High will be visited by none other than fellow TeenNick star Keke Palmer.Palmer, who stars on "True Jackson, VP," plays herself in the episode, and she spoke with our friends at HollywoodLife.com about the "When Keke Met Sav" (Raymond Ablack) moments. Sav meets Palmer when she comes into town for a concert, and they hit it off right away. "He sees me for me," Palmer says. "He doesn't necessarily want to get to know me just because I'm a celebrity. He knows I'm famous, but that's not all I am to him."Though it's her first appearance on the show, it wasn't Palmer's first time on set. As a long time fan of the show, she's used her TeenNick cred to visit the set before. She says she's... http://blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/degrassi-premiere-keke-palmer-on-playing-keke-palmer.html

'Degrassi' Season 11 Preview: Secrets, Tragedies & Graduation

The newly Emmy-nominated classic Canadian series 'Degrassi' is returning for an eleventh season (can you believe it?!) -- again, as it was last year, in telenovela style. Are you ready for seven straight drama-packed weeks of teen angst, heartbreaking sorrow and adolescent hormones? Cuz that's what's coming. Season 11 of 'Degrassi' introduces three new characters, and takes on issues like gang violence, drug abuse, bullying, gender identity, sexuality and teen parenthood. As the school year draws to a close and the senior class prepares to graduate and move on, everyone realizes they'll only be in high school once so it's now or never -- so expect the sparks to fly. http://www.aoltv.com/2011/07/15/degrassi-season-11-returning-telenovela/

TV Tonight: What's On Tuesday 8/17

You may already be mourning the hiatus of Pretty Little Liars, but don't fret -- there's still plenty of Tuesday night TV to indulge in! There's still America's Got Talent , Rescue Me , and of course, Covert Affairs ... and if you're jonesin' for a little 90s TV flashback, be sure to check out the 2-part series premiere of Melissa & Joey on ABC Family! See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Wipeout on ABC Melissa & Joey on ABC Family -- series premiere! 8:30/7:30c Melissa & Joey on ABC Family 9/8c Shaq Vs. on ABC America's Got Talent on NBC Make It or Break It on ABC Family White Collar on USA Network HawthoRNe on TNT Flipping Out on Bravo Degrassi A The Next Generation on CTV Warehouse 13 on Syfy 10/9c Rescue Me on FX Covert Affairs on USA Network The Rachel Zoe Project on Bravo Memphis Beat on TNT 11/10c Louie on FX

'Degrassi' Breaks Down Walls -- Again -- With Transgendered Character

I remember when 'The Kids of Degrassi' first aired back in the early '80s -- I'm pretty sure I saw it in the classroom, the last refuge of an exhausted teacher in my downtown Toronto public school. I recognized the streets and even some of the kids, since my father lived in the area, and my mom was always sending me to artsy after-school programs. Even at that tender age, I recognized that 'Degrassi' was different from other television shows. Mostly I noticed that the kids weren't rich, good-looking or well-dressed. Hey, in television that's already pretty out there. But as we all know, 'Degrassi' has gone much further than simply showing us kids wearing K-Mart classics to a run-down school. They've shown us teens confronting sex, drugs, abortion, rape, sexual assault, cutting, abusive parents and homosexuality, and all without the after-school-special endings one usually expects from episodes dealing with these issues. To Read More Click Here .

TV Tonight: What's On Friday 7/23

Tonight, new Syfy hit Haven continues its first season, while Starz miniseries Pillars of the Earth kicks off with two back-to-back episodes at 10 and 11. But don't get too distracted this weekend -- Mad Men premieres this Sunday! See what else is new tonight: 8:30/7:30c Wizards of Waverly Place on Disney Channel 9/8c Degrassi A The Next Generation on CTV Eureka on Syfy Whale Wars on Animal Planet 10/9c Haven on Syfy The Pillars of the Earth on Starz -- series premiere! 11/10c The Pillars of the Earth on Starz

'Degrassi: The Boiling Point' premieres tonight: Most shocking ever?

Because Teen Nick only seems to air commercials for Proactiv, Education Con-nec-tion, and its own programming, I've seen the promos for Degrassi: The Boiling Point many more times than I'd care to admit. In my defense, they have been playing every Degrassi episode ever in preparation for the new season. That means Paige's rape, Manny's abortion, Emma's eating disorder, the shooting, Craig's drug problem, etc. How could I not watch? To Read More Click Here .

Mad Men, My Boys, & More In This Week's Summer Premieres!

Finally, Mad Men returns for its 4th season this Sunday at 10/9c on AMC , but that's not all this week! On Monday, Degrassi's 10th season starts up with a 2-hour special, and Friday, new Starz miniseries Pillars of the Earth begins at 10/9c. And don't forget My Boys ! See the full schedule below: Monday, July 19 9/8c: Degrassi A The Next Generation on CTV -- 2-hour movie special! Friday, July 23 10/9c: Pillars of the Earth on Starz Sunday, July 25 10/9c: Mad Men on AMC 10/9c: My Boys on TBS Don't forget to check back on our master Summer Premieres Calendar for the full list of this season's shows!

TV Tonight: What's On Monday 7/19

Tonight, Degrassi returns by kicking off season 10 with a 2-hour movie special! Also, a dramatic secret is revealed on The Bachelorette that may shake up Ali's final picks. See what else is new tonight: 8/7c Lie to Me on Fox The Bachelorette on ABC The Secret Life of The American Teenager on ABC Family 9/8c The Good Guys on Fox Last Comic Standing on NBC The Closer on TNT Huge on ABC Family Degrassi A The Next Generation on CTV -- 2-hour premiere special! 10/9c True Beauty on ABC -- season finale! Rizzoli & Isles on TNT Neighbors From Hell on TBS The Hard Times of RJ Berger on MTV The Real Housewives of New Jersey on Bravo
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