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Degrassi's Farewell Promo Teases Prom, Graduation and More

Before shutting its doors forever at least toTeenNick Degrassiis saying goodbye witha celebration 14 seasons in the making. TVLine has an exclusive first look at TeenNicks promo for the long-running dramas final run of episodes kicking off Monday, July 20 at 9/8c which will feature every heart-squeezing final moment from prom to graduation.(Not [] //tvline.com/2015/07/07/degrassi-series-finale-promo-video-graduation-prom/

Degrassi Finds New Home on Netflix, and Another New Title

School will remain in session, as the Degrassi kids relocate to a new home. Just days after word broke that the long-running, ever-evolving coming-of-age series would be ending its run on TeenNick on July 31, producer DHX Media Ltd. has announced that 20 new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class (as it will now be called) [] //tvline.com/2015/06/09/degrassi-moves-to-netflix-next-class/

Will Nina Dobrev Return For the Degrassi Series Finale?

Nina Dobrev may have risen to stardom on The Vampire Diaries, but she got her big start on a little Canadian teen drama named Degrassi. Will she return for the show's series finale this summer?   Read More... //feeds.wetpaint.com/~r/wetpaint/latest/excerpt/~3/S90_ZJUSG50/

'Degrassi' to End After 14 Seasons With Two-Week Finale Event in July

TV Event Kicks Off with Hour-Long Premiere Monday, July 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT);  Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/HhxK6tp1l4k/

Degrassi Star Alex Steele Joins ABC Pilot Original Sin (Exclusive)

Alex Steele has joined the cast of ABCs drama pilot, Original Sin, TheWrap has learned exclusively. From writer Jenna Bans (Greys Anatomy), Original Sin follows the return of a politicians ( Joan Allen ) son, Adam Warren (Liam James) presumed dead after disappearing over a decade earlier, sends shockwaves through his tight knit family. But as the mysterious young man is welcomed back into his community, the neighbor sitting in jail for his murder is released and the cop responsible is forced to reexamine what truly happened so many years ago. Steele will play the younger version of Floriana Limas Bridey Howard, who is a local newspaper reporter with a mysterious connection to Adam. The role will recur if ABC orders the pilot to series.   Read More... //www.thewrap.com/degrassi-star-alex-steele-joins-abc-pilot-original-sin-exclusive/

'Degrassi: The Next Generation' Season 1 cast: Where are they now?

It's been 13 years since "Degrassi: The Next Generation" first aired on Canada, introducing a new group of teenagers to the ongoing drama at one high school in Canada. Since then, many cast members have cycled through the series. That's the nature of a show where the school is the main character -- students graduate and move away. Still, there will only ever be one original "TNG" class.If you've ever wondered what your favorite actors from the first season of "Degrassi: The Next Generation" are up to, it's Zap2it to the rescue. While many of them are still acting, you might be surprised what some did after the show.Miriam McDonald (Emma Nelson)Without McDonald, there may be no "Degrassi: The Next Generation." Her character is the one that linked the show with its predecessor. Since leaving, she's had plenty of roles but nothing major. She's tacked up a host of TV movies and guest-starring appearances --... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Zap2it/~3/lYTD4U7EjaY/degrassi_the_next_generation_season_1_cast_where_are_they_now_drake_cassie_steele-2014-12

'Degrassi' Season Fourteen to Premiere Tuesday, October 28 on TeenNick

Breakups, breakdowns and scandals fill the halls of Degrassi Community School in season 14 of TeenNicks award-winning hit series Degrassi premiering Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 9 p.m.   Read More... //feedproxy.google.com/~r/Tvbythenumbers/~3/rY15Khuizvo/

'Degrassi' Season 13 finale video: No one is safe in 'Thunderstruck'

The Season 13 finale of  "Degrassi"  promises to be one of the craziest yet. With a huge storm looming over them, the students of Degrassi Community School find themselves more wrapped up in personal drama than ever. Read More... //www.zap2it.com/blogs/degrassi_season_13_finale_video_thunderstruck-2014-07

Drake Defends ‘Degrassi’ Acting Chops in ‘SNL’ Promos (Video)

Drake will never forget his “Degrassi: The Next Generation” days, and showcases his Canadian soap opera acting chops in new promos for his “Saturday Night Live” hosting gig this weekend. The rapper, who also serves as the musical guest this weekend, launches into a melodramatic monologue about love and loss in the “SNL” tease ( above ).  Read More... //www.thewrap.com/drake-degrassi-saturday-night-live-promos

SideReel Goes Back to School

As Billy Madison once sang "Back to school/back to school/to prove to Dad/that I'm not a fool." There are several reasons so many shows have at least one "back to school" episode (some even have more than one!), the primary one being that schools generally start around the same time as the fall TV season. Timing, as great minds have noted, is everything. Besides that, the first day of school is a universally shared/reviled experience! But maybe the biggest reason of all is that  just like any insecure middle schooler, a returning series wants to make it clear how much cooler and more attractive they've become since the spring. With that in mind, here's a list of our favorite back-to-school-themed episodes :       Full House S3E2 : Back to School Blues Full House was a terrible show (and I say this as someone who is still known to watch hours of its reruns on Nick at Night), but it has stuck in the collective memory of millennials because of a few choice episodes, this being one of them. DJ excitedly heads off to her first day of junior high, only to find out she's not dressed sluttily enough to sit with the cool girls. To make matters worse, she has the same slammin' outfit as the lunchroom monitor everyone thinks is a HUGE LOSER thus rendering her a HUGE LOSER by association. She eats lunch in the phone booth (oh man) listening to the operator recite the date and time. Oh Deej, take it from me, it doesn't get better.     Community S2E1 : Anthropology 101 The first season of Community was kind of a split decision. The first 12 or so episodes were a fairly traditional (if such a thing can be said of a single-camera comedy) sitcom before veering into the weird, pastiche-heavy, practically anthology-like glory it became. This second season opener was its pilot should have been, taking all the genre clichés of the back-to-school episode and turning them on their sides.        The Simpsons S5E3 : Homer Goes to College You try tutoring Homer Simpson in nuclear physics and see how far you get. When a person's view of college comes from repeated viewings of Animal House -esque comedies and considers it his moral duty to pick on nerds , getting him a passing grade in something the vast majority of the educated public doesn't understand becomes an exercise in nihilism. And yet Homer's tutors, with their Star Trek obsessions and rock collections, try their hardest — only to find themselves facing expulsion. If there's one thing The Simpsons taught us, it's to never try.     Degrassi The Next Generation S3E1 : Father Figure (1) Degrassi ! It's so REAL! Except that at its best it's also completely and utterly ridiculous, going so far beyond soap opera territory that it's an entity unto itself. One thing it does accurately capture is the identity confusion of the teenage psyche — it just spins it out to epic proportions. Poor Emma Nelson is just trying to figure out who she is, both in terms of the high school social structure and as part of a blended family, so she runs off in search of her biological father without telling anyone of her intention. I'm not sure where this stacks up against her battles against STDs and eating disorders, but she can't even claim the gold medal in the misery olympics that is Degrassi High School.     Friday Night Lights S2E1 : Last Days of Summer Season 2 was probably Friday Night Lights ' weakest season, but FNL at its worst was still better than pretty much anything else at its best. In the season premiere, Coach Taylor is off in search of greater glory at TMU while Tami, in the final days of a pregnancy, has to deal with her teenage daughter's histrionics. Matt Saracen is dealing with his mentor's abandonment, while Tyra and Landry... sigh... take the law into their own hands. To be clear "The Last Days of Summer" isn't on the list because it's great, but because it proved that this gem of a show still had stories to tell after its first, perfect season. As the great Tami Taylor once said, "There's no weakness in forgiveness."     It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia S6E9 : Dee Reynolds: Shaping America's Youth The gang (as they're known) really shouldn't be allowed any contact with developing minds. How they were not legally barred from working near or with children after their ill-advised community service escapade is a mystery. Yet here we have Charlie doing his best Good Will Hunting , janitor savant impression, while Mac, Dennis, and Frank hijack Dee's drama class in order to show their incredibly racist, homemade cinematic masterpiece: Lethal Weapon 5. Also there are juggalo jokes. Given the current state of public education in Philadelphia, this may be a chilling portrait of things to come.     Frasier S8E11 : Motor Skills This one should ring true for those who are used to being at the top of every class, only to find themselves suddenly out of their depth. For me it was a class called "20th Century French Literature and the History of Ideas" but for the brothers Crane it was auto repair. Despite being multiple degree holders and leading lights of their profession, this is the first episode in which we see Frasier and Niles in a class. They fail miserably and decide to turn into happy underachievers — and manage to fail miserably at that as well.       Mad Men S6E12 : The Quality of Mercy Northeastern boarding schools are the source of much literary fixation, so it only makes sense that a literary show like Mad Men might find itself besotted by the idea as well. Sally, whose recently crushed innocence still has a few softly sparking tendrils of life, applies to Miss Porter's to get away from her nightmarish parents, only to find 1) that girls from boarding schools are kind of awful ( myself included, jk?), and 2) creepy Glenn has become a champion of women's safety to the detriment of his budding sex life. What are your favorite back-to-school episodes? Let us know in the comments — unless you want to get an F for participation.   Leah E. Friedman is the editor of SideReel.com. You can follow her musings on Twitter .