Degrassi (season 13)
|Degrassi (season 13)|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||40|
|Original channel||MuchMusic (Canada; first block)
MTV Canada (Canada; second block-present)
TeenNick (United States)
|Original run||July 11, 2013– present|
The thirteenth season of Degrassi premiered July 11, 2013, in Canada and the United States, and consists of 40 episodes. Degrassi, previously known as Degrassi: The Next Generation, is a Canadian serial teen drama television series. Although only four school years have passed in the story timeline since season six, season thirteen is set in the summer and the following school year in the years it aired. Writers have been able to use a semi-floating timeline, so that the issues depicted are modern for their viewers. This season depicts the lives of a group of high school freshman, sophomores, seniors and college freshman as they deal with some of the challenges and issues that young adults face such as cancer, texting while driving, death, sexism, sleeping disorders, cyber bullying, domestic violence and relationships.
The thirteenth season was announced November 30, 2012, however MuchMusic and TeenNick did not announce picking up the season until a month before the first episode was scheduled to air. The show moved to MTV Canada part way through the season. MuchMusic had aired the series in Canada since 2010, and TeenNick has aired the series in the United States since 2002. Production for the season began in April 2013 at Epitome Pictures' studios in Toronto, Ontario. This season departs from the telenovela/soap opera format used in the previous three seasons.
The thirteenth season has twenty-four actors receiving star billing, include Craig Arnold as Luke Baker, Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres, Stefan Brogren as Archie "Snake Simpson, Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy, Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker, Jahmil French as Dave Turner, Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak, Alicia Josipovic as Bianca DeSousa, Demetrius Joyette as Mike "Dallas" Dallas, Cory Lee as Miss Oh, Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan, Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards, Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno, Chloe Rose as Katie Matlin, A.J. Saudin as Connor Deslauriers, Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin, Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari, and Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton. Jordan Todosey (Adam Torres) starred in only the first portion of the season, leaving the show in the 7th episode, "Honey".
Joining the main cast are Ana Golja, Andre Kim, and Eric Osborne as Zoe Rivas, Winston "Chewy" Chu, and Miles Hollingsworth III. Sara Waisglass and Nikki Gould are introduced later in the season as Frankie Hollingsworth and Grace.
The six actors from season twelve who did not return this season are Shanice Banton as Marisol Lewis, Annie Clark as Fiona Coyne, Daniel Kelly as Owen Milligan, Justin Kelly as Jake Martin, Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour, and Alex Steele as Tori Santamaria. All left the series.
Season thirteen is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with Bell Media. Funding was provided by The Canadian Media Fund, The Shaw Rocket Fund, RBC Royal Bank, The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit, and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit.
Linda Schuyler, co-creator of the Degrassi franchise and CEO of Epitome Pictures, serves as an executive producer with her husband, and President of Epitome Pictures, Stephen Stohn. Matt Huether is also credited as a co-executive producer, Karen Hill as consulting producer, Sarah Glinsli an executive producer, and Ella Schwarzman an executive post producer. Stefan Brogren is series producer, while David Lowe is credited as producer, and Stephanie Williams the supervising producer. The casting directors are Larissa Mair and Krisha Bullock Alexander, and the editors include Jason B. Irvine and Gordon Thorne.
The executive story editor is Matt Schiller, the story editors are Ian Malone and Sadiya Durrani, and Courtney Jane Walker is the senior story editor. Episode writers for the season include Ramona Barckert, Karen Hill, Michael Grassi, and Matt Schiller. The director of photography is Mitchell T. Ness, and the directors include Stefan Brogren and Bruce McDonald.
The summer block began with a one-hour special, and aired weekly with an after show, After Degrassi. Other one-hour specials are in production. The fall block is scheduled to run from October 3 to November 21, 2013, on MTV in Canada.
|Title||Canadian airdate||U.S. air date||Production
|1/2||318/19||"Summertime"||July 11, 2013||July 11, 2013||1301/1302|
Maya wants to keep Tristan her friend when he meets his favorite TV star, Zoe. Maya meets Miles, who gets them backstage at a concert. Not wanting to face her punishment for breaking curfew, Maya stays the night at Tristan's place, and meets up with Miles again. There she sees Miles' father announce his candidacy for city mayor, and Miles rebel. Maya returns home with a tearful apology and is allowed to go to France for summer vacation. Clare and Eli try to make a long distance relationship work by spicing it up with video sex. Clare finds out she has cancer, and starts chemotherapy, she has trouble going through with it at first, but Eli soon returns to town and encourages her. With his girlfriend Becky going home to Florida for the summer, Adam gets a job at a kids' camp at Degrassi, but Becky worries Imogen will take Adam away from her. They decide to remain friends, but pretend to hate each other for Becky's sake.Guest star: Fefe Dobson as herself.
|3||320||"All I Wanna Do"||July 18, 2013||July 18, 2013||1303|
|The reality of Clare's condition continues to sink in for her, and she worries she will lose Eli. Clare dresses up for a date night with Eli, but Eli accepts that he has a girlfriend with cancer, and loves her unconditionally. Alli has trouble finding people to hang out with in Paris without Clare, but eventually finds Leo, a boy who recovered her stolen phone. Tristan gets a room with Miles and Winston in Paris, initially worried they were homophobes he plays straight, with Maya his girlfriend, but learns they are accepting.|
|4||321||"My Own Worst Enemy"||July 25, 2013||July 25, 2013||1304|
|Clare worries her cancer is getting worse, and learns her friend from group has died. Drew helps her leave the hospital, and they go to the summer camp at Degrassi. She later returns and decides to face cancer head on. Alli tries to get Leo's attention, but after he agrees to go on a date Alli must leave for an assignment which hurts him. Tristan's attraction to Miles grows and he kisses Miles, then finds out he likes Zoe.|
|5||322||"About A Girl"||August 1, 2013||August 1, 2013||1305|
|Adam find out Becky has been hanging out with another boy while in Florida, and looses one of his campers while checking his phone. Adam decides to pose as Becky online to end it with the other guy, Becky finds out and end it with him. Tristan is becoming sick of watching Miles and Zoe making out all the time, so Maya steps in and says something, but Tristan ends up hating her. Leo cooks Alli a dinner date, and Alli worries it is going too fast, so invites Jenna and Connor.|
|6||323||"Cannonball"||August 8, 2013||August 8, 2013||1306|
|Dallas convinces Adam to pursue Imogen while he still has feelings for Becky. They go on walk and kiss, but Adam wants to make up with Becky, he steals the camp van in order to get cell reception. Tristan disappears in Paris, so Maya goes to look for him, but needs Miles' assistance. Maya apologizes to Tristan, but realizes she may have feelings for Miles. Alli sets Jenna up on a blind date, she does not like it, and Alli helps Jenna and Connor get back together.|
|7||324||"Honey"||August 15, 2013||August 15, 2013||1307|
|With Alli's trip to France about to end, she brings up their relationship to Leo, which he abruptly ends. She goes to win him back, and he says he can move to Toronto, but then breaks-up with her when he finds out Dallas has a thing for her. After Adam is hospitalized due to a texting while driving collision, Drew returns to camp at Degrassi while he is in surgery. Adam does not survive. Maya, hoping to show up Zoe, for the attraction of Miles, buys an expensive dress. Miles breaks-up with Zoe, which increases Zoe's hate for Maya.|
|8||325||"Young Forever"||August 22, 2013||August 22, 2013||1308|
Everyone is coping with Adam's death. Drew blames Becky for Adam being on the road texting her, then blames himself. Hoping to honour Adam, Becky plans a bonfire and invites the Degrassi students, many come and catch up on the summer's events. Clare has trouble honouring Adam, revealing he is how she got through the summer with cancer. After Drew wanders the city streets alone, he watches a memorial video of Adam, and goes to the bonfire. He sees the impact Adam has made on Degrassi and apologizes to Becky.Note: Final episode to air on MuchMusic in Canada.
|9||326||"This Is How We Do It"||October 3, 2013||October 3, 2013||1309|
The new school year begins and Drew as president wants to kick things off with a beach bash dance while his council wants to have a texting and driving awareness event in memoriam of Adam. He tries to get his way while battling with insomnia and uses Zoe and a group of niners in order to do so. Alli doesn't tell her friends that she is still seeing Leo, who has moved to Toronto in order to be with her. Zoe has a rough start at Degrassi and wants to leave so that no one figures out she has dyslexia and the real reason she got kicked off of Westdrive. She also develops a crush on Drew.Note: First episode to air on MTV Canada.
|10||327||"Young Forever"||October 10, 2013||October 10, 2013||1310|
|Zoe tells everyone she is going to the dance with Drew, but when she finds out he has a fiancee, she grows worried and gives Drew sleeping pills in exchange for taking her to the dance. When Zoe's ruse fails, Maya decides to patch things up with her, not knowing that Zoe has a agenda of her own. Alli's plan to get her friends to like Leo, at first doesn't go well, but later on they soon grow fond of him. Now off the pills, Drew is stressed out trying to organize the dance. After Drew embarrasses himself, he realizes he misses Adam more than he thought and patches things up with Clare.|
|11||328||"Honey"||October 17, 2013||October 17, 2013||1311|
|Clare gets the chance to have her article featured in a national magazine, but has to make it about Zoe. After Zoe lies to her, Clare makes it up and thinks her cancer returned after she suffers from memory loss. Tristan and Miles join the basketball team, but Miles is upset because his dad will be disappointed that he isn't a starter and considers taking steroids. Tristan, wanting to be best friends gets Miles what he needs. Imogen starts a club called Degrassi TV and looks for on-air personalities. Becky auditions but Imogen doesn't want her to join due to guilt over what she did with Adam.|
|12||329||"You Oughta Know"||October 24, 2013||October 24, 2013||1312|
|After learning that her memory loss is a side effect called chemo brain, Clare attempts to lie about Zoe in order to get into the magazine, but after everything fails, she comes clean and is given another chance. After Miles promises to give the whole team steroids, Tristan reveals that the steroids he gave him were fake and later has to clean up his mess before the whole team finds out. Imogen contemplates telling Becky the truth about Adam, knowing that it will hurt her. She tells Becky that Adam really loved her, but decides to keep the kiss a secret.|
|13||330||"Everything You've Done"||October 31, 2013||October 31, 2013||1313|
|Zoe convinces Maya to make a music video and directs it. After it is put on YouTube, someone starts a Facerange page that is filled with derogatory comments and internet memes of Maya's face photoshopped on scantily-clad bodies, leaving Maya hurt. Drew tries to get Dallas to take school seriously after he ditches school to get drunk and hook up with girls. Alli decides to retake her SATs in order to get into MIT, but is torn when Leo gets mad due to the fact that they will be separated. When Alli comes up with a plan, Leo freaks out and slaps her in the face and she runs away.|
|14||331||"Barely Breathing"||November 7, 2013||November 7, 2013||1314|
|Maya is upset over the attention she is getting. After finding out that Zoe started the page, they get into a physical fight. To avoid getting into trouble, Zoe pretends to apologize, leaving Maya furious. She later presents a song in class threatening to kill Zoe and is suspended. Miles appears at Maya's home and they kiss. Drew finds out that Dallas got cut from the Icehounds. After a heartfelt talk, Dallas decides to stay in Toronto. Leo attempts to apologize to Alli, but she doesn't want to hear it. While taking her SATs, Alli decides to take him back but not without a few conditions.|
|15||332||"Black Or White"||November 14, 2013||November 14, 2013||1315|
|On Degrassi TV, Winston does an insulting story of school president Drew. Drew fires him which starts a riot looking for Drew to be impeached. Drew realizes where Winston is coming from and they make up. In class, Tristan is assigned to do a comedic monologue which upsets him because he wanted a serious one. Tristan decides to do it anyway. Zoe wants Tristan to join her theatre troupe leaving him conflicted since Maya still hates Zoe. Clare is excited about Eli's return, but on their date there is a distance. The next day, he tells Clare that he cheated on her which hurts her feelings.|
|16||333||"Spiderwebs"||November 21, 2013||November 21, 2013||1316|
|Drew is ecstatic over Bianca's return for Thanksgiving but when they reunite, she breaks up with him. Drew convinces her to pretend to be his fiancee at the family feast event at school to make his mother happy, but also to show Bianca that he has changed, but his plan fails. Tristan is performing a skit with Zoe at the family feast, but Maya wants him to sabotage it. Tristan eventually gets Maya and Zoe to call a truce, if only for him. Clare is still upset over Eli's betrayal and in a spur of emotions kisses Drew. When Eli shows up at the family feast, Clare forgives him but is still torn about her kiss with Drew.|
|17||334||"The World I Know"||January 28, 2014||January 28, 2014||1317|
|On Ali's birthday, she can only think about Leo being sent away; Maya returns from suspension; Drew works with a mayoral candidate.|
|18||335||"Better Man"||February 4, 2014||February 4, 2014||1318|
|Ali continues to lie to protect Leo; Maya proves she is not a princess; Drew needs help preparing for an important interview.|
|19||336||"Dig Me Out"||February 11, 2014||February 11, 2014||1319|
|Drew tries to juggle a job and a girlfriend; Alli tries to forget Leo by concentrating on work; Imogen plans a scathing piece for Degrassi TV.|
|20||337||"Power to the People"||February 18, 2014||February 18, 2014||1320|
|Drew decides to break up with Zoe; Alli and Dallas team up to stay focused, Imogen takes her dress code fight to the Internet.|
|21||338||"No Surprises"||February 18, 2014||February 18, 2014||1321|
|Miles begins to question his family life after discovering a shocking secret; Clare grows closer to Drew. Dallas wants to be with Alli, but her relationship with Leo could send him over the edge.|
|22||339||"Basket Case"||March 4, 2014||March 4, 2014||1322|
|Clare tries to get over her feelings for Drew; Dallas comes up with a plan for Alli to confront Leo about him beating her; and Drew becomes angry when he is tricked by Miles and Miles throws a party without his dad's permission.|
|23/24||340/341||"Unbelievable"||March 11, 2014||March 11, 2014||1323/1324|
|25||342||"Sad But True"||March 11, 2014||March 11, 2014||1325|
|26||343||"What It's Like"||March 18, 2014||March 18, 2014||1326|
|27||344||"Close to Me"||March 25, 2014||March 25, 2014||1327|
|28||345||"Army of Me"||April 1, 2014||April 1, 2014||1328|
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