Lately, the little woman and I have been totally digging on Degrassi: The Next Generation. Unfortunately, after a very scientific investigation (read that as “not scientific at all”) I’ve come to the conclusion that I’m the only person in Los Angeles who’s ever even heard of Degrassi Junior High, let alone seen it. There’s got to be somebody else out there that spent countless hours of impressionable teenagedom fixated on PBS, watching Canadian kids talk about going to each others “hooses” to drink and asking questions “aboot” sex and drugs. If you were into the first series and you’re not watching D:TNG, then you’ll just about cream to find out that Snake, Spike, Caitlin and Joey Jeremiah are all onboard, playing their bad grown-up selves. Even more rad, punk-rock teen-mother Spike’s very own baby Emma is a teenager now, and of course is one of the featured kids on the show. Who ever thought we’d be watching Spike worrying about her kid having pre-marital sex?
Anyway, Degrassi is awesome and Noggin knows it. Which is why it’s in pretty much constant rotation, along with another show by the same creators. Which begs the question: With the constant talk about how production is fleeing L.A. because it’s cheaper to shoot in Canada, why haven’t we taken it to the next level and just started buying more existing Canadian shows? Does the rest of Canadian TV suck? Maybe the folks at the Toronto Metblog know.
ADDENDUM: Thanks bunches to fellow bLA writer Lisa who pointed out in the comments that some of cast is going to be at Glendale Galleria on 8/13.