Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 2)
|Degrassi: The Next Generation (season 2)|
Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 2 DVD
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original channel||CTV (Canada)
Minimax (Central Europe)
The N (United States)
|Original run||29 September 2002– 23 February 2003|
|Home video release|
|Region 1||21 June 2005|
|Region 4||8 September 2010|
The second season of Degrassi: The Next Generation commenced airing in Canada on 29 September 2002, concluded on 23 February 2003 and contains twenty-two episodes. Degrassi: The Next Generation is a Canadian serial teen drama television series. It continues the depiction of the lives of a group of eighth and ninth grade school children as they deal with some of the challenges and issues teenagers face such as child abuse, alcohol abuse, relationships, hormones, date rape, body image, sexual and racial identity, and coping with death. This is the first season to feature high school students from grade nine. Filming began 10 June 2002, and continued into November 2002. Every episode is named after a song from the 1980s.
The second season aired Sundays at 7:00 p.m. on CTV, a Canadian terrestrial television network, and premiered with a sixty minute special, "When Doves Cry", which form the first two episodes of season two. Additional episodes were also aired on Fridays during January 2003. In the United States, it was broadcast on The N, a digital cable network aimed at teenagers and young adults. The season was released on DVD as a four disc boxed set on 21 June 2005 by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and by FUNimation Entertainment in the US. 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.
A critical and popular success, the second season of Degrassi: The Next Generation was the most-watched Canadian drama series for Canada's younger viewers aged two to thirty-four. It was nominated in eight categories at the Gemini Awards, four categories at the Directors Guild of Canada Awards and the National Council on Family Relations Media Awards, and in two categories at the Young Artist Awards. Four episodes were also nominated at the Awards of Excellence Gala, hosted by the Alliance for Children and Television, which recognize quality Canadian children’s programming.
The second season has fifteen roles receiving starring roles, with thirteen of them returning from the first season. The actors portraying eighth grade students are Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as lonely high-achiever Liberty Van Zandt, Daniel Clark as bad-boy Sean Cameron, Ryan Cooley as class clown James Tiberius "J.T." Yorke, Jake Goldsbie as computer nerd Toby Isaacs, Miriam McDonald as environmentalist Emma Nelson, and Cassie Steele as bubbly Manuela "Manny" Santos. The grade nine students are portrayed by Lauren Collins as cool cheerleader Paige Michalchuk, Aubrey Graham as rich and athletic Jimmy Brooks, Shane Kippel as Gavin "Spinner" Mason, the school bully, Melissa McIntyre as Toby's stepsister, once-preppy, now-goth Ashley Kerwin, Christina Schmidt as the insecure Terri McGreggor, and Andrea Lewis as Paige's best friend, popular cheerleader Hazel Aden, in a recurring role.Stefan Brogren appeares as teacher Archie "Snake" Simpson, Dan Woods plays principal Mr. Raditch, and Amanda Stepto appeared as Emma's mom Christine "Spike" Nelson .
The two additions to the main cast are Pat Mastroianni as Joey Jeremiah (who had played the character in Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High and School's Out and guest-starred in the series premiere, "Mother and Child Reunion"), and Jake Epstein as Joey's stepson, new grade-nine student Craig Manning.
Stacey Farber, Adamo Ruggiero, Melissa DiMarco, and Katie Lai are given recurring roles as grade-nine students Ellie Nash and Marco Del Rossi, science teacher Daphne Hatzilakos, and 7th-grader Kendra Mason, respectively. Alex Steele, who appeared briefly in "Mother and Child Reunion" as Joey's daughter, Angela Jeremiah, returns in a recurring role. Tom Melissis and Jennifer Podemski are introduced playing Mr. Perino and Ms. Sauve, and Linlyn Lue returns to play Ms. Kwan.
The season was produced by Epitome Pictures and CTV. The executive producers are Epitome Pictures' CEO and Degrassi: The Next Generation co-creator Linda Schuyler, and her husband, Epitome president Stephen Stohn. Degrassi: The Next Generation co-creator Yan Moore served as the creative consultant and David Lowe was the line producer. Aaron Martin served as the executive story editor. James Hurst served as the story editor, with Shelley Scarrow as the junior story editor. The writers for the season are Tassie Cameron, Craig Cornell, James Hurst, Sean Jara, Aaron Martin, Yan Moore, Susin Nielsen, Clare Ross Dunn, Shelley Scarrow, Jana Sinyor, David Sutherland, and Brendon Yorke. The season's directors are Bruce McDonald, Philip Earnshaw, Paul Fox, Anais Granofsky, and Stefan Scaini.
Well received by critics and audience alike, Degrassi: The Next Generation's second season became the most-watched domestic drama series for Canada's three younger age groups of children aged two to eleven, teenagers aged twelve to seventeen and adults aged eighteen to thirty-four.
The season was not without controversy, however. There are a number of episodes with scenes of one teenager being beaten by his father. When reviewing those episodes, the Ryerson University of Toronto said the show "stands on its own" in reflecting "the kinds of issues [teenagers are] facing in their own lives ... handled with care and consideration, without all the glamour of a Hollywood soap opera." A two-part storyline about date-rape proved too risqué for The N officials, who delayed its broadcasting until suitable edits could be made, and other special treatments were available in the form of panel discussions, online parental guides and separately filmed introductions.The Gazette said, "You've got to hand it to the creative team behind CTV's justly celebrated teen series, Degrassi: The Next Generation. They're nothing if not a clever bunch", and Brian Orloff of the St. Petersburg Times praised the series as it "stays in touch with teens' lives".
By the end of 2003, the season had been nominated for or won several awards. The Gemini Awards named Degrassi: The Next Generation the "Best Children's or Youth Fiction Program or Series" and nominated it for "Best Short Dramatic Program". It won the "Best Interactive" category for its connection with the official website, which also won in the "Best Website" category. Bruce McDonald took home the Gemini award for "Best Direction in a Children's or Youth Program or Series" for the episode "Weird Science", and "White Wedding" earned a nomination for Stephen Withrow in the "Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Series". "Careless Whisper" garnered Aaron Martin and Craig Cornell a nomination for "Best Writing for a Children's or Youths' Program or Series", and Jake Epstein's performance in "Tears Are Not Enough" secured him the award for "Best Performance in a Children's or Youth Program or Series". At the second annual Directors Guild of Canada Awards, "White Wedding" received recognition for Bruce McDonald in the "Outstanding Achievement in Direction - Television Series" category, and Stephen Stanley in the "Outstanding Achievement in Production Design - Short Form" category. "When Doves Cry" won in team category for "Outstanding Achievement in a Television Series - Children's", and earned Stephen Withrow an honor in the category for "Outstanding Achievement in Picture Editing - Short Form". Jake Epstein's acting earned him a second award when the Young Artist Awards gave him the award for "Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series Leading Young Actor", and the young cast was nominated for "Best Ensemble in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama)".
CTV originally aired episode fourteen, "Careless Whisper", two days before episodes twelve and the thirteen, the hour long special "White Wedding". Episode eighteen, "Dressed In Black" aired before episode seventeen, "Relax".
In the US, The N aired season two in two blocks. The first block aired 7 October 2002 to 13 January 2003. The second block of episodes aired 11 July 2003 to 29 August 2003, but the episodes did not air in the order intended by the producers. The season finale of season one, "Jagged Little Pill", had been held over, and was shown in an edited format as this season's third episode, along with season two's true third episode to form an hour-long special. Due to the sensitive subject of teenage date rape, episodes six and seven, the "Shout" two-part special, were held over until 11 July 2003 and opened the second half of the season creating an hour-and-a-half long special with episode eighteen, "How Soon Is Now?". Because of plot continuity, episode eight, "Mirror in the Bathroom", was also held back and had its first US airing in the second week of the second block of the season, before episodes thirteen through seventeen continued to air in the correct order, followed by episodes nineteen and twenty, "Tears Are Not Enough, Parts One and Two" which were broadcast as an hour-long season finale. In re-runs and syndication, the episodes have all aired in the order the producers intended.
This list is by order of production, as they appear on the DVD.
|Title||Canadian airdate||US airdate||Production code|
|1–2||16–17||"When Doves Cry"||29 September 2002||7 October 2002||201 & 202|
|As a new school year begins, Degrassi expands into a full-fledged high school encompassing Grades 7 through 12. Newcomer Craig becomes friends with Sean and attracts Emma and Manny, but at home he deals with an abusive father. When Craig's stepfather Joey finds out, he invites Craig to move in with him. Everyone except Terri is icing-out Ashley. J.T. asks Paige out, but she refuses--until her friends offer an incentive. J.T. is glad she has changed her mind and they go out, but then he learns about the incentive.|
|3||18||"Girls Just Wanna Have Fun"||6 October 2002||14 October 2002||203|
|Spike tells Emma she's dating her old schoolfriend, Emma's teacher. After Spike cancels a girls' night with Emma to be with Archie, Craig helps Emma and Manny crash the seniors' '80s dance. Meanwhile, Spinner and Jimmy enter the breakdancing contest to win tickets to a Maple Leafs game, but don't triumph against Marco.|
|4||19||"Karma Chameleon"||13 October 2002||21 October 2002||204|
|Ashley attempts to make amends for her actions at her house party, then ends up with fewer friends than before when Sean asks her on a date. Toby becomes smitten with the new girl, without realizing she's Spinner's sister.|
|5||20||"Weird Science"||20 October 2002||11 November 2002||205|
|Her mother's relationship with one of the Science Fair judges, Mr. Simpson, sours Emma's elation at winning the competition; matters are compilicated further when Manny accidentally e-mails details of the relationship to the whole class! Meanwhile, Spinner is having trouble controlling his erections, so Jimmy volunteers Spinner to act out a romantic role in drama class.|
|6||21||"Drive"||27 October 2002||25 November 2002||206|
|Craig thinks Joey's request for him to move a car on his used-car lot gives him free rein to drive. When Joey goes out of town for the weekend, Craig and his friends take one of Joey's cars for a joyride, but they get caught. Ashley has found a friend in Ellie and considers getting her belly-button pierced.|
|7||22||"Shout" Part One||3 November 2002||11 July 2003||207|
|Degrassi's win over rival school Bardell at a soccer match doesn't call off Bardell's star player Dean's party...at which he locks Paige in a room with him and refuses to take "no" for an answer. Meanwhile, J.T. and Toby's failure to keep their shared locker clean strains their friendship.|
|8||23||"Shout" Part Two||10 November 2002||11 July 2003||208|
|Ashley has a new song for Paige Michalchuk and the Sexkittens to rehearse. It's about rape and Paige can't bear to hear it after her recent sexual assault so she walks out on the band. When Ashley confronts her, Paige breaks down and reveals the truth. Meanwhile, Liberty acts out in an attempt to show J.T. she isn't as boring as he thinks she is.|
|9||24||"Mirror in the Bathroom"||17 November 2002||18 July 2003||209|
|Tired of being known as "the computer geek", Toby decides to join the wrestling team when he sees how popular Sean is. Determined to be accepted, Toby trains excessively and develops an eating disorder. Meanwhile, Terri attempts to hide her job as a plus-size model from her friends.|
|10||25||"Take My Breath Away"||24 November 2002||9 December 2002||210|
|After crushing on him for months, Manny finally decides to ask Craig out; the next day, each remembers the evening differently while recapping it for their friends. Ellie writes anonymous love notes to Marco, but he thinks they came from Hazel.|
|11||26||"Don't Believe the Hype"||1 December 2002||23 December 2002||211|
|Hazel is the prime suspect when a Muslim girl she taunts is discriminated against on International Day; she ends up admitting that she's been hiding the truth about her own background. Meanwhile, as Liberty struggles in the sewing portion of home economics, J.T. is breezing through and agrees to pass his projects off as hers so both might avoid embarrassment.|
|12–13||27–28||"White Wedding"||5 January 2003||6 January 2003||212 & 213|
|A few days before her wedding, Spike discovers she is pregnant. She's frustrated and has difficulty telling Snake, but it might be worth her effort.|
|14||29||"Careless Whisper"||3 January 2003||13 January 2003||214|
|Ellie wants more than just friendship with Marco, but when he can't bring himself to kiss her although he wants to, he is confused about his sexuality. When she realizes the truth, she promises to keep it secret and agrees to pretend to be his girlfriend. Meanwhile, Toby want to spend every second with Kendra, but this makes her feel suffocated.|
|15||30||"Hot for Teacher"||10 January 2003||25 July 2003||215|
|J.T. earns 2 weeks' detention with Mrs. Hatzilakos, taking care of her pet guinea pigs. While doing his job, he develops a crush on the teacher and helps one guinea pig give birth.|
|16||31||"Message in a Bottle"||17 January 2003||1 August 2003||216|
|Emma and Sean are a couple again and she invites him to dinner at her home, but he storms out after a misunderstanding with Spike and Snake. He heads over to Jimmy's (he'shosting a party) and raid the liquor cabinet. He is convinced he has lost Emma again, but when she catches up with him and he explains the pressure he is under at home, she reassures him she still has faith in him.|
|17||32||"Relax"||26 January 2003||8 August 2003||217|
|Liberty doesn't make the girls' hockey team, but she gets to be team manager. When doing this job, she starts acting bossy towards her friends, which makes them not want to play. She even refuses to help Manny when she gets injured during a game.|
|18||33||"Dressed in Black"||19 January 2003||15 August 2003||218|
|Ashley's relationship with Jimmy seems to be back on track--until he says he preferred her old look to her new Goth one. Meanwhile, after a sex-ed class, J.T. convinces Toby to buy condoms to prepare for a sexual encounter with Kendra, something to which Kendra and Spinner object.|
|19||34||"Fight for Your Right"||2 February 2003||22 August 2003||219|
|Mr. Raditch's dismissal of Emma's protest against genetically-modified foods in the cafeteria inadvertently leads to a food fight. Given the chance to apologize, she stands firm--and finds herself suspended. Meanwhile, Spinner becomes frustrated when he can't afford to do what Jimmy's dad does: buy him whatever he wants.|
|20||35||"How Soon Is Now?"||9 February 2003||11 July 2003||220|
|Paige questions whether she's over her rape; then when Dean and his soccer team return to Degrassi for another match, she refuses to fulfill her cheerleading duties. She's then forced to attend counseling to help her get over the assault.|
|21||36||"Tears Are Not Enough" Part One||16 February 2003||29 August 2003||221|
|Finals and the year-end dance loom: J.T. agresses to be Liberty's dance date when he needs her to tutor him. Meanwhile, Craig's dad re-enters his life and Craig asks him for help with the Science exam--but his dad ends up hitting him again.|
|22||37||"Tears Are Not Enough" Part Two||23 February 2003||29 August 2003||222|
|When his father dies, Craig returns to himself but everybody thinks he should care a bit more. At the dance, Luau King and Queen hopeful pairs include Spinner and Paige, Jimmy and Hazel, and Craig and Ashley.|
The DVD release of season two was released by Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment in Canada, and by FUNimation Entertainment in the US on 21 June 2005 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 Second Season|
|Set details||Special features|
|Region 1||Region 4|
|21 June 2005||8 September 2010|
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- Linda Schuyler (co-creator, executive producer); Yan Moore (co-creator); Stephen Stohn (executive producer) (21 June 2005). Degrassi: The Next Generation - Season 2 DVD Boxset (DVD). Alliance Atlantis Home Entertainment.
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- McKay, John (19 July 2004). "American teen channel delays abortion-themed Degrassi episode". National Post.
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- "2nd Directors Guild of Canada Award Winners Announced" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. 5 October 2003. Retrieved 2007-12-08.
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