Degrassi: The Boiling Point (Because Canadian Teens are People Too!)

The cast of Degrassi: The Next Generation . . . NONE of these people are actually on the show anymore.  Seriously.

Once upon a time (the early 2000s) in a land far, far, away (Canada), a bunch of folks got together and created a half-hour television program called Degrassi: The Next Generation.  It was a show about high school kids (well . . . actually, they started out in junior high), one which starred actors and actresses who were ACTUALLY teenagers  . . .

 . . . as opposed to the 35- and 40-year olds who typically starred in teen television dramas at that time.

Meet the first 16-year old to ever suffer from menopause . . .

And the first 17-year old to experience erectile dysfunction disorder.

But what most of us fans of the show DIDN’T know, was that Degrassi wasn’t exactly NEW.  It was actually a revamp of a REALLY, REALLY, REALLY old show (from the 1980s) that ALSO featured high school kids.  Except THEY looked like THIS . . .

Woah!  Scary!

 . . . and had HAIR like THIS . . .

How exactly did one sleep at night, with hair like THAT?  Wouldn’t it puncture holes in the bedroom wall, in the middle of the night?

Throughout the years, the NEW Degrassi grew more and more popular.  And as its cast aged (into their LATE teens, mind you, not their LATE fifties like those OTHER shows), its storylines became more and more provocative.  Degrassi began to tackle REAL issues that REAL teens faced everyday, like . . .

Rape;

Self-mutilation;

Mental illness;

Addiction to Prescription Pain Medication;

School Shootings; and

Zombies.

Due largely to the success of the show, and the innate talents of its stars, many Degrassi: The Next Generation cast members went on to become big stars in .  . . wait for it . . . THE UNITED STATES.  For example, you may remember Darcy Edwards (played by Shenae Grimes), the “good little Christian girl” . . .

“OMG!  You just CURSED!  You are SO going to hell!”

 . . . turned Skanky Ho / Internet Porn Star . . .

 . . . or, as you NOW know her, Annie from the NEW 90210.

Then, there was Little Jimmy (played by Aubrey Graham), the Rich Kid Jock . . .

 . . . who was tragically confined to a wheel chair, after being shot in the back by a psycho.  But you might know him better as kickass rapper dude, Drake . . .

And who could forget my personal favorite?  Baby Mama Mia.

 She doesn’t look familiar to you?  Perhaps you’d recognize her more, if she was attached to the lips of some VERY HOT VAMPIRES . . .

It’s Nina Dobrev!  Or as you know her better, Elena Gilbert of The Vampire Diaries!

Can I get a, “Hell yeah!”

Unfortunately, soon after the departure of these folks (along with most of the rest of the show’s original cast) came an inevitable drop in the show’s ratings . . .

Coming up on its tenth season, Degrassi: The Next Generation was staring down cancellation.  To stay afloat, it needed a MIRACLE!  It needed a HAIL MARY!

Hail, Mary!

So the producers of Degrassi came up with a plan . . .

Why not spice things up a bit, by changing the show’s format to one that’s already proven successful?  Why not make Degrassi into . . .  a SOAP OPERA!

So what if HALF of the longest running soap operas on television have been CANCELED within the past two years?

Clearly, this is an AMAZING and FAILSAFE idea!

And so, starting this week, Degrassi: The Next Generation has traded in its weekly airings for daily ones.  This summer, a half-hour episode of the series will air every weekday at 9 p.m. on TeenNick for six weeks.  This television viewing event is being referred to by advertisers as THE BOILING POINT . . . though I’m not quire sure why . . .

(Maybe watching it gives you hot flashes . . .)

The promo is pretty cool though!

THE BOILING POINT kicked off early this week, with a two-hour special entitled Degrassi Takes Manhattan.  The series got off to a good start, at least in terms of “shock value,” if not exactly for “good plotting” or “good acting.”  During the special, two characters who had precisely NOTHING to do with one another for the ENTIRE ten years they were on the program together (Spinner and Emma), inexplicably declared their “love” for one another, and got married . . .

“And you are . . .?”

(Man!  That drunken Vegas Toronto casino sex must have been REALLY GOOD . . .)

Then, an, admittedly very attractive, brother / sister duo (Declan and Fiona) engaged in a very public, disturbingly sexy, MAKEOUT session with eachother!

“So, Declan.  What do you think we should name our three-headed kids?”

But then, things kind of went downhill .  . .

Take this first week of episodes, for example.  It featured the following plotlines  . . .

THIS couple is NOT pregnant . . .

THIS girl is NOT getting a boob job  . . .

THIS girl did NOT try to commit suicide (ugly ass headband, notwithstanding).

If this keeps up, they may have to change Degrassi’s infamous tagline from “It Goes There” to “It Goes  . . . Where?”

I mean, really!  Fake pregnancies to win ELECTIONS?  Rumors about someone getting a boob job, when she is actually getting LASIK EYE SURGERY?  Could THIS be the same program that brought us this shocking scene?

OR this one?

Then again, maybe I’m being too harsh.  It IS early in the season, yet.  And maybe things will start to pick up, as the weeks wear on . . .  Here’s hoping . . .

So, I have to ask.  Have YOU been watching THE BOILING POINT?  If so, what do you think so far?

[Degrassi's THE BOILING POINT airs weeknights at 9 p.m. on TeenNick this summer]

 

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13 responses to “Degrassi: The Boiling Point (Because Canadian Teens are People Too!)

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  2. lp

    i have been a fan of the show ever since season 3 and it has continually gotten better as the audience has grown with the show. the lack of inspiring plot lines for the boiling point i would assume stems from the fact that at this point in the shows existence it must be difficult to find compelling storylines that the show hasn’t already touched on.

    • Hi, lp! Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting. You bring up a really good point. With a show that has been around for ten years, it must be tough to keep finding new and inventive storylines that keep the series fresh. And of course, converting to a soap opera format, where you have to produce show daily, only exacerbates the issue.

      But maybe repeating a particularly good storyline or two, wouldn’t be such a bad thing. After all, these are completely different characters than the ones who started the show. And the same thing can happen to a different character in a completely different way. Plus, while there are definitely some people who have been watching the show since its inception, I suspect most haven’t. And, in that sense, these storylines will still be new to them! :)

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  4. Emily

    Actrully I just watched the second to last episode from the boiling point(which the season finale is tomorrow.)
    And I thought this season was really really good.
    Also I espically cant wait for tomorrow The Boiling Point because it looks really crazy.
    But Yeah I do admit the boob job thing and the fake pregnancies was alittle bit of a downer but other wise i have really enjoyed this season. I might be just speaking for me but i really do hope they wont cancell this show. I really like most of the characterssss.

    Degrassi is the only thing i look forward to every weekdays. D:
    So i really hope they continue.

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  6. jadeSTAR11@YMAIL.COM

    they grew up so fast i bet spinner and emma’s kids are going to be on degrassi

    • Ooh, I can definitely see that happening, Jadestar! It would be so fitting, especially considering that Emma was Spike’s daughter from the first generation. :)

  7. Fifi

    I think the New Generation Degrassi students look even scarier than the ones from the 80s. And most of the actors are fake and plastic, like Barbie and Ken dolls – everything on them is fake – fake teeth, fake hair, nose jobs, chin implants, etc.

  8. Catherine

    I haven’t watched all of The Next Generation, but I definitely like the first episodes with Emma and Manny and Sean better than the ones with Fiona and Bianca and Drew. :/ I still like the newer episodes, but the first Next Generation episodes gave me more of a fuzzy feeling inside. They targeted more teen problems, and were less of a “who is getting with who THIS episode?!”. Still, I do enjoy the newer characters in that a little of that old Degrassi spark can be found in SOME of them. :)

    (I haven’t watched the original Degrassi series…are they better or worse than the ones with Emma and Manny, in your opinion?)

  9. religiously followed series from the very beginning,”all the way with Stephanie Kay” (yes I also know it all began with “The Kids of Degrassi Street)(or at least I think it did) to ,Emma and Spinner getting married.Must say this, some of the most entertaining, true to life realism to ever be aired on television. I actully was able to watch t.v. and not feel guilty that I was wasting life itself by doing so. Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, probably two of the hottest young ladies in show business ever. Entire cast gave all Canadians a reason to be proud, I know I was ,with each and every show I watched, Proud of the quality of art they showed.

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