Stars of Degrassi offer hints of season to come

Stars of Degrassi offer hints of season to come
CTV.ca News Staff

The stars of Degrassi: The Next Generation say this season, the series will once again tackle tough issues in a realistic way as the show returns to class tonight for its 5th year.

This season, the first class of students from Degrassi: The Next Generation will finally graduate. The season begins with a two-parter in which Manny is anxious to pursue an acting career. Unfortunately, she is not prepared for the harsh realities of the industry and contemplates plastic surgery.

Meanwhile, Craig receives an unexpected birthday present from Ashley and another character who we won’t name — struggles with an unplanned pregnancy.

Aubrey Graham says his character Jimmy, who ended up in a wheelchair last season because of a shooting, will have some good moments this season.

“I can’t give too much of a hint but I can definitely tell you that I started a very low place this season but throughout it, I build as a person,” he told Canada AM Monday. “It’s going to be a wonderful season overall for everybody. ”

Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, who plays Liberty says he character might just finally get together with JT.

“Well, i think everyone’s really been vegging for liberty and jt to get together. So that’s a good thing. yeah, it’s going to be some really interesting storylines.”

Lauren Collins, who plays Paige, says her character’s involvement with Mr. O will heat up.

“We’re not really sure where it’s going to go. I don’t want to give too much away. But it’s pretty exciting; Paige goes to some pretty interesting place this year.”

Last year, Degrassi became Canada’s most-watched original drama. It’s also become a huge hit in the States. The series topped 11 U.S. nominees and brought home the coveted Teen Choice Awards surfboard as “Choice Summer Series” — the first time a Canadian series has ever been nominated for – and won – the award.

As well, Degrassi: The Next Generation won the “Outstanding Achievement in Children’s Programming” at the Television Critics Association Awards in Los Angeles. Even the Degrassi website, degrassi.tv, is a big hit. The site won the 2003 Gemini for Most Popular Website as well as the Best Interactive Award in 2002 and 2003.

Series star Ryan Cooley who plays JT thinks the appeal of the show is that is so realistic.

“First of all, we’re teenagers playing teenagers. We’re not 25-year-olds playing 17-year-olds. We’re actually trying to be how old the characters are. And we tell the issues, the actual issues. We don’t shirk about it. We try and tell it like it is. And sometimes the outcome isn’t always so great; that’s life.”

Degrassi: The Next Generation airs Mondays at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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