Go Canada! Neverending teen soap Degrassi: The Next Generation garnered an Emmy nomination this morning, for last season’s episode “My Body Is a Cage, Part 2″ starring Jordan Todosey as a transgender teen struggling with his gender identity. This iteration of Degrassi has been running for ten years, and the franchise has been around since 1979, so the attention is well-deserved. Curiously, the series is nominated within the category of Outstanding Children’s Program.
For context, here are the other nominees:
- A Child’s Garden of Poetry (HBO)
- Victorious (Nickelodeon)
- Wizards of Waverly Place (Disney)
- iCarly (Nickelodeon)
The Kids of Degrassi Street, the series that began this amazing soap, was aimed at young kids; it was formed out of a series of after-school specials, actually. It wasn’t until the later versions that the more mature subject matter like teen pregnancy, drunk driving, and drug use began cropping up more often.
Still, it’s difficult to ever equate Degrassi with children — unless, of course, you’re talking about the illegitimate babies that Spike, Liberty, Mia, and Jenna — and almost Manny — had.
You’ll get to meet Jenna’s baby in the new season, premiering Monday the 18th at 8 p.m. on TeenNick!