Degrassi seamlessly incorporates transgendered character

The Gazette (Montreal)

August 4, 2010 Wednesday

Final Edition

Degrassi seamlessly incorporates transgendered character

BYLINE: KAT ANGUS, Postmedia News

SECTION: ARTS & LIFE; Fine Tuning; Pg. C6

LENGTH: 301 words

Degrassi (MuchMusic, 9 p.m.) is three weeks into its telenovela format, and this week saw the introduction of Adam, the teen drama’s first transgendered character. And, to Degrassi’s credit, the show has seamlessly incorporated Adam into its existing storylines instead of awkwardly introducing him as transgendered.

In Monday night’s episode, Adam was shown competing for backstage passes to a big concert, making friends with several other characters in the process.

Adam is shown trying to fit in by spouting stereotypical teenage slang, earning a bit of a reputation for being a weirdo. But so far, there’s been no hint that there’s anything out of the ordinary about Adam, and Degrassi deserves some props for gradually involving him in the other characters’ lives.

Jordan Todosey, the actress portraying Adam, reportedly underwent a significant makeover for the role, and learned to walk with a more masculine swagger.

As a show with a track record of creating interesting, multi-dimensional gay and lesbian characters, it should make for compelling viewing to watch Adam’s story progress.
Degrassi’s current season will air daily for 48 episodes in a soap-opera style.

-The Top 4 contestants perform on So You Think You Can Dance (CTV, FOX, 8 p.m.) and we can’t wait to see their outrageous dance routines. North of the border, So You Think You Can Dance Canada is set to take the stage on Aug. 15.

-It’s Shark Week on the Discovery Channel, so sit back and look horrified at real-life stories of shark attacks on Shark Bite Beach (Discovery Channel, 8 p.m.) Unlike the coming 3-D movie Piranhas, this story doesn’t rely on CGI to give you a scare.

– America’s Got Talent (Citytv, NBC, 9 p.m.) picks four more acts to advance to the Top 24 tonight, but the real show will be watching Bret Michaels perform.

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