Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 6)
|Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 6)|
Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 6 DVD
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||19|
|Original network||CTV (Canada)
The N (United States)
|Original release||28 November 2006– 14 May 2007|
The sixth season of Degrassi: The Next Generation commenced airing in Canada on 28 November 2006, concluded on 14 May 2007 and contains nineteen episodes. Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian serial teen drama television series. This season depicts the lives of high school juniors, seniors and college freshman as they deal with the some of the challenges and issues young adults face such as imprisonment, online predators, burglary, substance abuse, stress, gambling addiction, financial difficulties, school rivalries, pregnancy scares and death. Unlike the previous seasons, which took place over the course of an entire school year, season six only covers the first semester of the school year, utilizing a semi-floating timeline. It also marks the first death of a main character in the series.
Production took place between May and September 2006.
Season six also aired in the United States Fridays at 8:00 p.m. on The N, a digital cable network aimed at teenagers and young adults. The season actually premiered on The N, on 29 September 2006, two months before CTV, a Canadian terrestrial television network, began to screen it. By broadcasting two episodes every Tuesday night at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m., CTV were able to broadcast the final ten episodes of the season before The N. The season was released on DVD as a four disc boxed set on 27 May 2008 by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and FUNimation Entertainment in the United States. Registered users of the Canadian and US iTunes Stores are also able purchase and download the season for playback on home computers and certain iPods.
The season received eight award nominations, six more than it received for season five. It received mixed reviews from the media, and lacklustre ratings compared to the previous season's record high of one million viewers.
The sixth season features seventeen actors who receive star billing with fifteen of them returning from the previous season. Returning cast members include:
- Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt (9 episodes)
- Stefan Brogren as Archie "Snake" Simpson (16 episodes)
- Deanna Casaluce as Alex Nuñez (9 episodes)
- Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk (8 episodes)
- Ryan Cooley as James Tiberius "J.T." Yorke (7 episodes)
- Melissa DiMarco as Daphne Hatzilakos (10 episodes)
- Stacey Farber as Ellie Nash (13 episodes)
- Aubrey Graham as Jimmy Brooks (12 episodes)
- Jamie Johnston as Peter Stone (11 episodes)
- Shane Kippel as Gavin "Spinner" Mason (16 episodes)
- Mike Lobel as Jay Hogart (8 episodes)
- Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson (13 episodes)
- Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi (14 episodes)
- Cassie Steele as Manuela "Manny" Santos (15 episodes)
- Amanda Stepto as Christine "Spike" Nelson (6 episodes)
Joining the main cast are Shenae Grimes as Darcy Edwards (11 episodes), who was promoted after recurring in the previous two seasons, and Daniel Clark, who returned to the main cast as Sean Cameron (11 episodes), following his departure in season four.
The four actors from season five who did not return this season were Jake Epstein as Craig Manning, Andrea Lewis as Hazel Aden, Pat Mastroianni as Joey Jeremiah and Stacie Mistysyn as Caitlin Ryan. All left the series, except for Jake Epstein, who returned for two episodes and Stacie Mistysyn, who returned in season seven.
Returning in their recurring roles are John Bregar as Dylan Michalchuk, Dalmar Abuzeid as Danny Van Zandt, Marc Donato as Derek Haig, Linlyn Lue as Ms. Kwan, and Jennifer Podemski as Ms. Sauve. Jake Goldsbie, portraying Toby Isaacs is demoted from a main role to a recurring role, and Melissa McIntyre returns to the series as Ashley Kerwin. Nina Dobrev and Steve Belford are introduced as Mia Jones and Jesse Stefanovic.
The season was produced by Epitome Pictures in association with CTV. Funding was provided by The Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit and the Ontario Film and Television Tax Credit, the Canadian Television Fund and BCE-CTV Benefits, The Shaw Television Broadcast Fund, the Independent Production Fund, Mountain Cable Program, and RBC Royal Bank.
Linda Schuyler, co-creator of the Degrassi franchise and CEO of Epitome Pictures, was the co-executive producer of season six with her husband and Epitome Pictures' president, Stephen Stohn. James Hurst also served as an executive producer. David Lowe served as the producer, and Shelley Scarrow was the executive creative consultant. Brendon Yorke and Nicole Demerse were co-executive story editors, with Duana Taha as the junior story editor. The editors were Stephen Withrow and Jason B. Irvine, Stephen Stanley was the production designer, and the cinematographers were Gavin Smith and John Berrie. The writers for the season are Tassie Cameron, Nicole Demerse, James Hurst, Aaron Martin, Will Pascoe, Shelley Scarrow, Duana Taha, and Brendon Yorke. Phil Earnshaw, Eleanore Lindo, Stefan Scaini, Gavin Smith, and Sudz Sutherland directed the episodes.
Season six was watched by fewer Canadian viewers than season five, which achieved an average of 767,000 viewers, and had one episode watched by a million viewers. The first twelve episodes of season six only averaged 500,000 viewers; the first episode after the winter break, broadcast on March 28, 2007, was watched by a season high of 645,000 viewers. The season finale was watched by 520,000 viewers, and the season eventually averaged 522,000 viewers.
The sixth season received mixed reviews from the media. Laura Betker of the Winnipeg Sun said, "Wrapping up plot lines so quickly creates a bit of disappointment for audiences. Typically, season finales end with exciting cliffhangers to entice fan interest. Degrassi’s finale really had no loose ends. There is no pending excitement for fans and the two-part finale became a disappointment. The episodes felt more like a series finale rather than just a season ending." In his end of year review, Joel Rubnoff of the Waterloo Region Record said Degrassi: The Next Generation was one of the best shows of 2007, adding, "The greatest teen show on the planet rediscovers its mojo with a same sex romance between control freak Paige and teen rebel Alexa. The year's most compelling—and bittersweet—love story." AfterEllen.com, a website which focuses on the portrayal of lesbian and bisexual women in the media, and owned by MTV Networks' Logo cable television network reported on the portrayal of two Degrassi: The Next Generation lesbian characters. "Paige and Alex's relationship, developed over three seasons, has become one of the best portrayals of a lesbian teen relationship we've seen on American television," said Sarah Warn, the website's Editor in Chief, before giving the series an "A" Grade for the portrayal of class issues, character development, sexual orientation, dialogue, the relationship and lesbian sex.
The season received nominations for eight different awards, and won two. At the Directors Guild of Canada Awards, the episode "Can't Hardly Wait" was nominated in the category for "Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series – Family", and Stephen Stanley was nominated in the "Outstanding Achievement in Production Design – Television Series" category for "What's it Feel Like To Be a Ghost? Part Two". At the Gemini Awards, Shenae Grimes won the category for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for her portrayal of Darcy Edwards in the episode "Eyes Without a Face Part Two". Degrassi: The Next Generation received three other Gemini Award nominations, for "Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series", "Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series", and "Best Sound in a Dramatic Series". In the US, the series won its second Teen Choice Award for "Choice Summer TV Show", and Marc Donato was nominated for "Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series Recurring Young Actor" at the Young Artist Awards.
Season six premiered on The N two months before its CTV debut, and it was not until the ninth episode that Canadian viewers were able to watch an episode before US viewers. The N aired the season in three separate blocks, airing the first third of the season between 29 September 2006 and 17 November 2006, then the second block of episodes between 5 January 2007 and 16 February 2007. The final episodes of the season were broadcast between 29 June 2007 and 3 August 2007. Every episode aired on Fridays at 8:00 p.m.
In Canada, CTV aired the season in two separate blocks of episodes. The first twelve episodes aired between 28 November 2006 and 9 January 2007, on Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. The second block of episodes aired between 28 March 2007 and 14 May 2007. The first two episodes in this block aired on Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m., immediately after CTV's simulcast of American Idol; from 9 April 2007, the remaining episodes aired on Mondays at 9:30 p.m., immediately following CTV's simulcast of Dancing with the Stars. CTV also broadcast episodes fourteen and fifteen before episode thirteen.
This list is by order of production, as they appear on the DVD.
|Title||Canadian airdate||US airdate||Production code|
|1–2||101–102||"Here Comes Your Man"||28 November 2006||29 September 2006||601 & 602|
|Emma is happy being with Peter--that is, until Sean returns to town and enrolls at Degrassi for the upcoming school year. She soon finds herself drawn to Sean as he and Peter get caught up in the street-racing scene. Meanwhile, Marco grows overwhelmed when he has to juggle moving his stuff into his apartment with Dylan, choosing university courses with Ellie, and throwing Paige a going away party. Also, Ellie struggles to deal with her new roommate and writes an anonymous article about it for the school newspaper.|
|3||103||"True Colours"||5 December 2006||6 October 2006||603|
|Due to Jay's pleas, Emma visits Sean in jail where she realizes that he is in a lot of pain and does everything she can to help him out. Meanwhile, Ellie is devastated to discover that the first newspaper article she has written has been rejected.|
|4||104||"Can't Hardly Wait"||5 December 2006||13 October 2006||604|
|Jimmy starts coaching the girls' basketball team and wants to take his relationship with Ashley to the next level but, since his paralysis, he has not been able to get an erection. Meanwhile, Darcy, as the new Spirit Squad captain, clashes with choreographer Manny over new girl Mia.|
|5||105||"Eyes Without a Face" Part One||12 December 2006||20 October 2006||605|
|Darcy is tired of her good-girl reputation and strives for something more exciting. When Peter introduces her to an online admirer through her MyRoom page, Darcy begins exchanging racy photos of herself for gifts. Meanwhile, trying to move on from Liberty, J.T. finds himself interested in the new girl, Mia.|
|6||106||"Eyes Without a Face" Part Two||12 December 2006||3 November 2006||606|
|Darcy continues to post risqué pictures on the internet. But she soon realizes how dangerous it is when her biggest fan decides that it is time to meet face to face. Meanwhile, Ellie doesn't want to be seen as a "little girl" in front of her older boyfriend and contemplates losing her virginity.|
|7||107||"Working for the Weekend"||19 December 2006||10 November 2006||607|
|Spinner is upset over the results of his aptitude test, and when Jimmy decides to design and sell T-shirts, they go into business and open a store. Meanwhile, Alex returns to Degrassi to get more credits, but her bullying past comes back to haunt her.|
|8||108||"Crazy Little Thing Called Love"||19 December 2006||17 November 2006||608|
|Sean finally gets out of jail and reunites with Emma, thinking that he has the perfect girlfriend, but he soon realizes that she isn't as innocent as she seems, when he finds out what she did with Jay last year. Meanwhile, Derek has a problem when Mr. Perino begins bullying him and Danny.|
|9||109||"What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" Part One||2 January 2007||5 January 2007||609|
|Craig returns to town for a music festival and wastes no time in reuniting with Manny but, as Craig further embraces the rock star lifestyle, Manny has to decide whether the new Craig is the guy she really loves. Meanwhile, an upset Liberty decides to tell Mia the truth about J.T.|
|10||110||"What's It Feel Like to Be a Ghost?" Part Two||2 January 2007||12 January 2007||610|
Ellie blames Manny for Craig's drug addiction, even though everyone else can see that he is lying. The Degrassi/Lakehurst school rivalry is heating up, and the Lakehurst gang are out to get J.T. for dating Mia, who used to date one of their gang members.
Special Guest Star: Taking Back Sunday.
|11||111||"Rock This Town"||9 January 2007||26 January 2007||611|
|Manny decides to throw a party at the Nelsons' house while Spike and Snake are out of town and uses Liberty's birthday as a guise, but when word gets out, the night quickly spirals out of control leading to a tragedy that the students of Degrassi will never forget.|
|12||112||"The Bitterest Pill"||9 January 2007||2 February 2007||612|
|In the aftermath of J.T.'s murder, all of Degrassi are in mourning. While planning the memorial, Toby and Liberty kiss, and he soon wonders if he should let her know about J.T.'s true feelings for her. Meanwhile, Ellie decides to tell Jesse that she kissed Craig but receives some unexpected news.|
|13||113||"If You Leave"||9 April 2007||16 February 2007||613|
|Emma causes a riot between Degrassi and Lakehurst when she feels that J.T.'s death is being glossed over, while not knowing how to tell Manny that she doesn't want her to move back home. Meanwhile, Marco thinks Dylan is cheating on him again.|
|14||114||"Free Fallin'" Part One||28 March 2007||29 June 2007||614|
|Stressed at Banting, Paige has a panic attack during an exam. When her professor gives her another chance, she has to juggle catching up on her schoolwork and preparing a huge family dinner. Meanwhile, Peter wants forgiveness from Darcy but finds out he has his work cut out for him.|
|15||115||"Free Fallin'" Part Two||4 April 2007||6 July 2007||615|
|In the aftermath of her dorm fire, Paige decides to drop out of college and move back to Toronto due to her poor grades. She now has to deal with her reoccurring panic attacks by herself since no one can know the truth. Meanwhile, Peter is determined to show Darcy that he's changed.|
|16||116||"Love My Way"||16 April 2007||13 July 2007||616|
|In an attempt to return to her pre-Banting glory, Paige goes on casual dates with both Spinner and newly-single Jesse, which makes Alex jealous. Meanwhile, Snake isn't comfortable with Sean and Emma's level of intimacy.|
|17||117||"Sunglasses at Night"||23 April 2007||20 July 2007||617|
|Marco is having a hard time dealing with Dylan's departure and becomes addicted to online gambling. Meanwhile, Peter and Darcy have to make a decision about whether they should go public.|
|18||118||"Don't You Want Me?" Part One||7 May 2007||27 July 2007||618|
|Alex becomes a waitress at a gentleman's club when she and her mother start drowning in financial debt, but she soon finds out that there's more money to be made onstage. Meanwhile, Emma is upset when Sean's plans for the future do not include her.|
|19||119||"Don't You Want Me?" Part Two||14 May 2007||3 August 2007||619|
|Alex's double life is finally bringing in the cash, but having to hide it from Paige is taking its toll on her schoolwork and their relationship. Meanwhile, Sean and Emma continue to fight over him joining the army and leaving her alone and pregnant.|
The DVD release of season six was released by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and by FUNimation Entertainment in the US on 27 May 2008 after it had completed broadcast on television. As well as every episode from the season, the DVD release features bonus material including deleted scenes, bloopers and behind-the-scenes featurettes.
|The Complete Sixth Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|27 May 2008|
- "Exclusive Interview: Degrassi’s Ryan Cooley Talks About the Death of J.T.". TheTVAddict.com. 2007-01-18. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Degrassi character's murder to be a series first" (Press release). CTV Television Network. 2009-01-27. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- City of Toronto Film and Television Office (2006-12-29). "2006 Production List" (PDF). City of Toronto. p. 18. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Epitome Pictures. "Degrassi: The Next Generation" (Note: Requires iTunes software). The N. iTunes Store. Retrieved 2008-02-06.
- Jancelewicz, Chris (2008-01-07). "Q&A: 'Degrassi:TNG's' Nina Dobrev Talks Mia". AOL Canada. Archived from the original on 2008-01-13. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Brendon Yorke (writer); Phil Earnshaw (director) (2006-09-26). "Here Comes Your Man Part Two". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Season 6. Episode 2. The N.
- Aaron Martin (story); Tassie Cameron (story); James Hurst (story, teleplay); Duana Taha (story, teleplay); Eleanore Lindo (director) (2007-02-02). "What's It Feel Like To Be a Ghost? Parts One and Two". Degrassi: The Next Generation. Season 6. Episode 9 & 10. CTV Television Network.
- Linda Schuyler (co-creator, co-executive producer); Yan Moore (co-creator); Stephen Stohn (co-executive producer) (November 28, 2006 – May 14, 2007). Degrassi: The Next Generation – Season 6. Epitome Pictures.
- "rocket Fuelled Projects 2006". Shaw Rocket Fund. 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-07-09. Retrieved 2007-10-21.
- Bailey, Patricia (2007-03-27). "CTV ups its order for Degrassi". Playback (Toronto, Ontario: Brunico Communications). Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Degrassi: The Next Generation 100th episode" (Press release). CTV Television Network. 2006-03-16. Retrieved 2008-03-29.
- Strauss, Marise (2007-04-03). "Juno ratings plunge, but by how much?". Playback (Toronto, Ontario: Brunico Communications). Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Rubinoff, Joel (2007-05-14). "Series finale may mark end of Stiller’s reign". Waterloo Region Record (Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario: Metroland Media Group).
- Betker, Laura (2007-05-17). "Monumental season ends" (note: fee required). Winnipeg Sun (Sun Media Corporation). Retrieved 2008-03-30.[dead link]
- Rubinoff, Joel (2007-12-29). "TV's Year of Living Dangerously". Waterloo Region Record (Regional Municipality of Waterloo, Ontario: Metroland Media Group). Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Warn, Sarah (2007-08-08). ""Degrassi" Portrays Lesbian Relationship with Class". AfterEllen.com. p. 7. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "2007 DGC Awards". Directors Guild of Canada. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "ACCT – Canadian Awards Database History Search for "Degrassi, 2007"". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "The N's Degrassi: The Next Generation Wins Its Second Teen Choice Award as Series Gears Up for Season Seven Premiering Fall 2007". The N. PR Newswire. 2007-08-27. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "28th Annual Young Artist Awards". Young Artist Awards. 2007. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "The N's Degrassi: The Next Generation Premieres Friday, September 29". Epitome Pictures. PR Newswire. 2006-09-06. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Drag racing, drug abuse, exotic dancing, prison and – for the first time in the series' history – a major character is murdered." (Press release). CTV Television Network. 2006-11-06. Retrieved 2008-02-08.
- "Degrassi: The Next Generation episodes". TV Guide. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "International hit 'Degrassi' returns for sixth season" (Press release). CTV Television Network. 2006-11-27. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Degrassi Returns to CTV in its new night, wednesdays at 9:30pm". Channel Canada. 2007-03-20. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Strauss, Marise (2007-05-15). "Degrassi holds its own". Playback (Toronto, Ontario: Brunico Communications). Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- "Degrassi: The Next Generation – Season 6". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Retrieved 2008-03-30.
- Season 6 episode synopses at CTV Television Network
- List of Degrassi: The Next Generation episodes at IMDB.
- Season 6 at TV.com.