Degrassi (season 14)

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Degrassi (season 14)
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Country of origin Canada
No. of episodes 28
Release
Original network MTV Canada (Canada)
TeenNick (United States)
Original release October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) – August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02)
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The fourteenth and final season of Degrassi, a Canadian serial teen drama television series, premiered on October 28, 2014.[1] Although only four school years have passed in the story timeline since season six, season fourteen is set during the final weeks of the spring semester 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 again depicts the lives of a group of high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, seniors and graduates as they deal with some of the challenges and issues that teenagers face such as teenage pregnancy, dysfunctional families, sexism, arson, sexting, sexual identity, miscarriages, anxiety disorders, drug use, child abuse, abstinence, and gang violence.

The fourteenth season was announced on November 13, 2013.[2] However, MTV Canada and TeenNick did not announce picking up the season until a month before the first episode was scheduled to air.[3] Filming for the season commenced on April 11, 2014 at Epitome Studios in Toronto. Filming continued into August, with a break before filming the final four episodes of the season in order to give Epitome the opportunity to start filming episodes for the first season of their new series. Filming for this season completed on October 6, 2014. On June 4, 2015, it was announced that Degrassi would no longer air on TeenNick or MTV Canada following the fourteenth season.[4] However, on June 9, 2015, it was announced that Family Channel and Netflix had picked up the series and will air 20 new episodes in 2016, renaming the show Degrassi: Next Class.[5] This season featured the telenovela/soap opera format used in previous seasons, airing new episodes five days a week for the last two weeks of the season.

Cast[edit]

The fourteenth season has twenty-five actors receiving star billing with twenty-two of them returning from the previous season. Returning cast members include:[6][7]

Joining the main cast this season are:

  • Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini (20 episodes)
  • Reiya Downs as Shaylynn "Shay" Powers (18 episodes)
  • Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak (7 episodes)2

The five actors who did not return this season or were demoted to recurring/guest star status are:

Shane Kippel, who portrayed Gavin "Spinner" Mason in the first nine seasons, returned for a cameo role.


^Note 1 : Spencer MacPherson and Richard Walters were promoted to the main cast after recurring in the previous season.

^Note 2 : Although Ehren Kassam was not credited with the main cast in the credits, Bell Media and Epitome still considered him a series regular.[8]

Crew[edit]

Season fourteen is produced by Epitome Pictures in association with Bell Media and DHX 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, Courtney Jane Walker, Karen Hill, Michael Grassi, Scott Oleszkowicz, Mike Mcphaden, Matt Huether, and Matt Schiller. The director of photography is Mitchell T. Ness, and the directors include Stefan Brogren, Rt!, and Bruce McDonald.

Episodes[edit]

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1 358 "Smells Like Teen Spirit" October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) 1401
Clare makes a life-changing decision regarding her pregnancy and struggles with telling Drew. Zoë wants to join Becky's Power Cheer team but is told that she will be a distraction due to everything that happened last term. Mr. Hollingsworth worries that Miles' secret relationship with Tristan will ruin his political prospects.
2 359 "Wise Up" November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) 1402
Mr. Hollingsworth thinks he can buy Miles' support and crafts a plan to protect his image. Zoë is tired of being judged for her sexual assault, especially by Zig and takes matters into her own hands. Drew is adamant about not having a baby and when Clare offers him an out, he strongly considers taking it.
3 360 "If You Could Only See" November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11) November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11) 1403
Frankie is tired of the double standard placed on girls and boys in regards to sex, giving Zoë the perfect fundraising idea. Becky realizes that she isn't the same girl that she used to be, after going on a terrible date. Maya becomes worried about Miles after he begins skipping class.
4 361 "Can't Stop This Thing We Started" November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18) November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18) 1404
When Eli returns home, Clare has to muster up the courage to tell him about her situation. Winston grows jealous of Tristan's relationship with his best friend, Miles. A normally confident Zig feels emasculated when Grace beats him at arm wrestling and sets out to prove that he is a man.
5 362 "There's Your Trouble" November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25) November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25) 1405

Becky is reluctant to visit Luke in juvenile detention and decides to audition for a school band. Zoë pushes the squad too hard and faces an uphill battle when they want to stop oomfchatting nudes for money. Eli and Clare face an obstacle in their relationship due to her pregnancy with Drew.


Note: This marks the final appearance of Craig Arnold as Luke Baker.
6 363 "(You Drive Me) Crazy" December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) 1406
Maya has a recurring nightmare about Miles and thinks that he needs help, but maybe it's she who needs the help. Imogen finds out that Jack doesn't want to be monogamous, which she pretends to be okay with. Frankie finds disturbing comics about the cheerleaders on Hunter's computer.
7 364 "I'll Be Missing You" December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09) December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09) 1407
Zoë's sweet 16 takes a horrifying turn when an anonymous person threatens to reveal the truth about Degrassi Nudes unless she quits the team. Tristan notices a change in Miles' behavior and contemplates talking to him about it. Dallas fears that Alli's future plans do not include him.
8 365 "Hush" December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16) December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16) 1408
Tristan, Winston, Frankie and Hunter stage an intervention for Miles to talk about his "weed addiction." The Power Cheer team attempts to figure out who is blackmailing them as they prepare for semi-finals. Becky has become fast friends with Jonah but Drew seems to think that he has a thing for her.
9 366 "Something's Got To Give" December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23) December 23, 2014 (2014-12-23) 1409
Imogen is on a mission to find out who is behind Degrassi Nudes and is shocked to realize that Jack is involved. Maya lies to the police about the accident to protect Miles from his father's wrath. Drew is committed to keeping Becky happy but his situation with Clare has his attention divided.
10 367 "Hero V.S. Villain" December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30) December 30, 2014 (2014-12-30) 1410
When Mr. Simpson calls an assembly to find out who is behind Degrassi Nudes, Zoë goes to extreme lengths to end the threatening messages once and for all. Clare has to figure out a way to tell Drew that Eli is actually the father of the baby. Tristan attempts to work things out with Miles.
11 368 "Firestarter" Part One January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06) January 6, 2015 (2015-01-06) 1411
As word about the fundraising scandal spreads, Frankie convinces the cheerleaders to help her pin Degrassi Nudes entirely on Zoë. Zig and Tiny compete to get a cheerleader's phone number. Clare contemplates her future as her pregnancy becomes public information.
12 369 "Firestarter" Part Two January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) January 13, 2015 (2015-01-13) 1412
When Mr. Hollingsworth crosses the line, Miles attempts to make the rest of his family see what a bad guy he really is. Winston and Frankie's elaborate plan to get revenge on Zoë puts all of their lives in danger. Eli tries to make things right with Clare after finding out that he is the father of her baby.
13 370 "Watch Out Now" July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) 1413
Becky and Jonah plan a lunchtime variety show but when Drew denies the proposal, Becky hatches a plan to change his mind. Zoë faces criminal charges for her part in Degrassi Nudes and lands in detention with her former teammates who now hate her. Winston decides to do standup comedy to prove that he is still funny.
14 371 "Ready Or Not" July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) July 20, 2015 (2015-07-20) 1414
Winston’s musical is set to be performed at Degrassi, but he finds himself reluctant to bring Lola on as the leading lady after their kiss. Zig uses the musical as a distraction as he feels like he is to blame for Damon stabbing Tiny. Clare and Eli find difficulty in only being co-parents due to their feelings for each other.
15 372 "Wishlist" July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) July 21, 2015 (2015-07-21) 1415
The twins celebrate their 15th birthday with a lavish party, but Frankie is reluctant to make amends with her father until she realizes she can use him financially. Maya struggles to find a friend to go to the spa with. Imogen and Jack face off against Damon, bringing to light a secret Jack has been keeping "in the closet".
16 373 "Walking In My Shoes" July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22) July 22, 2015 (2015-07-22) 1416
Zoë is forced to work in the cafeteria and face her angry classmates. Frankie struggles in Math and cheats off Lola, which leads to a heartbreaking revelation. Imogen adheres to Jack's wishes about coming out to her parents, but with weeks left until her graduation, she soon realizes how much she is giving up.
17 374 "Get It Together" July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23) July 23, 2015 (2015-07-23) 1417
Becky finds out that Jonah has had sex before and although they are both abstinent, she finds herself wanting more from him sexually without breaking her vow to God. Maya finds herself partnered with her nemesis, Tristan for gym class. Clare and Eli take care of Dallas' son as practice for when their baby arrives.
18 375 "Give Me One Reason" July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) July 24, 2015 (2015-07-24) 1418
Maya and Zig contemplate ending their relationship after her mother catches them making out. Still reeling from news that their son is stillborn, Clare and Eli take a road trip to New York in order to get her into Columbia. Hunter has a crush on Arlene, but has a hard time expressing his feelings.
19 376 "I Wanna Be Adored" July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) July 27, 2015 (2015-07-27) 1419
Alli feels like her BFF is being distant and soon questions their friendship, when Clare continues to miss prom committee meetings. Zig moves in with Tiny and his brother, Vince and soon falls back into old habits. Tristan makes creative changes to his online dating profile.
20 377 "Teen Age Riot" July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) July 28, 2015 (2015-07-28) 1420
Zig reluctantly lets Maya visit his place, but when Vince throws a drug-fueled party, the two lovebirds take things way too far. Clare is nominated for valedictorian, but is furious to find out what the cameras around school are actually being used for. Frankie finds it hard being around Winston and contemplates quitting the musical.
21 378 "The Kids Aren’t Alright" Part One July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29) July 29, 2015 (2015-07-29) 1421
Zig learns the truth about what happened to Damon and realizes that he is now an accomplice to a crime. Frankie has feelings for Winston again and comes up with a plan to test his fidelity. While volunteering at a hospital, Becky is forced to work with Drew, who questions whether or not Jonah can be trusted.
22 379 "The Kids Aren’t Alright" Part Two July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) July 30, 2015 (2015-07-30) 1422
Zig finds out that Damon's crew plans on getting revenge during the musical, and is forced to make a decision that could change his life forever. Winston realizes that he cannot perform well without Frankie by his side. Becky has to choose whether or not to forgive Jonah for stealing from her.
23 380 "Finally" Part One July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) 1423
It's prom time at Degrassi and in a last-minute shot to save his night, Drew plans an elaborate prom-posal. Miles attempts to salvage the little relationship he has with his brother, Hunter by helping him with his crush on Arlene. With everyone going off in their separate ways after graduation, Clare begins to worry about her future.
24 381 "Finally" Part Two July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) July 31, 2015 (2015-07-31) 1424

Drew helps Dallas save prom night, but is punished and unable to participate in the graduation ceremony. Clare is still unsure of her future plans, including where she stands with Eli. Imogen has managed to win Jack back, but her happiness is fleeting when she finally realizes that they aren't compatible.


Note: This marks the final appearances of Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards, Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy, Melinda Shankar as Ali Bhandari, A.J. Saudin as Connor DeLaurier, Demetrius Joyette as Mike "Dallas" Dallas, Niamh Wilson as Jack Jones, Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton, Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker, Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno, and Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres.

Note: This is the final regular episode of the first incarnation of the Degrassi: The Next Generation series.
25–28 382–385 "Degrassi: Don't Look Back" August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) August 2, 2015 (2015-08-02) 1425–1428

Maya has high hopes of spending the summer lifeguarding at the beach with Zig, but her hopes are crushed when she fails her CPR class. Determined not to let her summer be a total bust, she sets her sights on a nanny job for a prestigious music producer, but is foiled by Gloria who swoops in and gets the job. Frankie’s pumped for her summer job as a city hall intern but finds it’s an uphill battle with the other older interns. Meanwhile, Zoë is determined to coast through summer school with Tristan by riding the coat-tails of Hunter and Grace. And while all the kids have challenges, what really overshadows the summer is that sexy and infuriating Gloria goes missing. This cloud hovers over everyone’s summer as they are all, in one way or another, touched by her disappearance.


Note: This is a two-hour movie special, and airs as "Summer Girls" in half-hour syndication.

Note: This is the final movie special of the first incarnation of the Degrassi: The Next Generation series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E! Online / More Degrassi Scoop Than You Can Handle: Season 14 Premiere Date, New Cast Members and First Look at the Epic Promo!". E! Online. Retrieved September 29, 2014. 
  2. ^ Stohn, Stephen (November 13, 2013). "400600646702735360". Twitter. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  3. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 30, 2014). "'Degrassi' Season Fourteen to Premiere Tuesday, October 28 on TeenNick". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved September 30, 2014. 
  4. ^ Howe, Nia (2015-06-04). "'Degrassi' to end 14-season run on TeenNick in July". EW.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  5. ^ "Degrassi Lives and is Headed to Netflix - Get The Scoop". Eonline.com. Retrieved 2015-06-13. 
  6. ^ "Degrassi". Teenick.com. Retrieved January 10, 2015. 
  7. ^ "More Degrassi Scoop Than You Can Handle: Season 14 Premiere Date, New Cast Members and First Look at the Epic Promo!". E! Online. Retrieved January 11, 2015. 
  8. ^ http://www.degrassi.tv/episodes/season-14/

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