I got to make out with Caitlin Ryanfor hours – Kevin Smith
Fantasy Becomes Reality For Kevin Smith as Special Degrassi Episodes Air, Beginning Jan. 31 on CTV
Toronto, ON (January 19, 2005) – Airdates were announced today as international film sensation Kevin Smith and “hetero life-mate” Jason Mewes are set to guest star in this season’s final three episodes of CTV hit series Degrassi: The Next Generation.
The eclectic pair, well known as on-screen personas Jay and Silent Bob, will make their Canadian television debuts on Monday, Jan. 31 at 8:30 p.m. ET followed by Monday, Feb. 7 and the season finale on Monday, Feb. 14, also at 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV. World-renowned singer/songwriter and Smith friend, Alanis Morissette, will join the two in a cameo appearance for the Feb. 7 episode.
After nearly two decades and public endorsement of the franchise, Smith is now able to fulfill his self-proclaimed longtime fantasy of starring on the show, opposite his favourite Degrassi leading lady, Caitlin Ryan, played by Stacie Mistysyn.
“I got to make out with Caitlin Ryanfor hours” said Smith. “It was pretty hot. Just take after takeI essentially got to play kind of a leading man, you know – which barely happens to me in the real world, let alone films. Usually I wind up kissing a f*$#ing monkey or something”.
In the much-anticipated three-episode story arc, Smith and Mewes find themselves in Canada, researching a Jay and Silent Bob sequel called Jay and Silent Bob Go Canadian, Eh?. The pair stumbles into the surreal, but very real-life world of Degrassi Community School, and decide to shoot the film at the school, using Degrassi students as extras in the film. Also starring in the fictional film is Alanis Morissette, who in actuality has played God in two of Smith’s previous projects.
While working on the movie, Smith meets Caitlin Ryan (Mistysyn) and things get very interesting. Ever the opportunist, Smith pursues Caitlin, and in turn threatens her relationship with Joey (Pat Mastroianni). All the while as Degrassi hurtles to its season finale, life at school continues to be interesting for it’s students. Craig (Jake Epstein) continues to struggle with manic-depression as he deals with the impending summer apart from Ashley (Melissa McIntyre), and the catfight continues between the very competitive Paige (Lauren Collins) and Manny (Cassie Steele).
Smith first became acquainted with the series’ predecessor Degrassi Junior High in the 80’s. Later in life, as an emerging writer-director, Smith would make on-going references to the Degrassi series in his work. He even named a Clerks character ‘Caitlin’ after one of the Degrassi students.
With the small-screen guest star appearance, Smith adds Degrassi to his list of credits that include Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, Dogma and the “Jersey Trilogy” of Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy. Smith also directed Jersey Girl and had a small role in the movie Daredevil. He is now working on the Clerks sequel Passion of the Clerks, and a second installment in his speaking tour series, “An Evening With Kevin Smith”.
Degrassi: The Next Generation is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with CTV. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler, Co-Producer of the original Degrassi series, and Yan Moore. Schuyler, Stephen Stohn and Aaron Martin serve as Executive Producers. Shernold Edwards is the CTV production executive working with series. Bill Mustos is Senior Vice-President, Dramatic Programming for CTV. Susanne Boyce is President of CTV Programming and Chair of the Media Group.
CTV, Canada’s largest private broadcaster, offers a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming. It boasts the number-one national newscast, CTV News With Lloyd Robertson, and is the number-one choice for prime-time viewing. CTV owns 21 conventional television stations across Canada and has interests in 14 specialty channels, including the number-one Canadian specialty channel, TSN. CTV is owned by Bell Globemedia, Canada’s premier multi-media company. More information about CTV may be found on the company Web site at http://www.ctv.ca.