Degrassi Moves to Netflix After Network Cancellation
In a growing trend of online streaming services saving beloved television programs after being canceled by their networks, TV superhero Netflix saved none other than long-running (and soon-to-be canceled) Canadian teen drama Degrassi.
News broke last week that TeenNick was ending Degrassi: The Next Generation this July, after a whopping 14 seasons on air. But just because the show is gone from TeenNick doesn't mean it's gone from our lives, now that Entertainment Weekly reveals that Netflix will air 20 new episodes of Degrassi starting in 2016. And for those of you in Canada, the new episodes will also be available via Canada's Family Channel.
This new era of Degrassi also comes with a new name: Next Class. But don't worry, plenty of the show's beloved cast members will be back for the new season, and you can get a full list of the confirmed returnees here.
For those of you not in the loop, Degrassi has a long, proud tradition on Canadian TV. The Degrassi "universe" began all the way back in 1979 with The Kids of Degrassi Street, which aired in various forms until 1986. Then there was Degrassi Junior High (1987-89) and Degrassi High (1989-91). Degrassi: The Next Generation, however, takes the crown, airing from 2001 until, well, now.
Over the years, Degrassi has featured a number of actors who went on to become big name stars, including The Vampire Diaries darling Nina Dobrev, and, of course, rapper Drake. Which always raises the question: Was Degrassi the "bottom" he started from? Just wondering.
Source: Entertainment Weekly