Good news “Degrassi” fans, school will be back in session after all. Just days after the popular Canadian teen drama was canceled, Netflix has swooped in to revive the series.
The Hollywood Reporter announced the news just three days ago that TeenNick and its Canadian partners canceled the popular series, which spanned 14 seasons since its revival in 2001. However, as it often does with properties so beloved by their fans, Netflix quickly cut a deal that will bring most of the core gang back for a 15th season with a new subtitle: “Degrassi: Next Class.” The show will premiere in 2016.
According to Entertainment Weekly, key cast members returning to the Netflix revival include: Amanda Arcuri (Lola Pacini), Reiya Downs (Shay Powers), Ana Golja (Zoe Rivas), Nikki Gould (Grace Cardinal), Ricardo Hoyos (Zig Novak), Ehren Kassam (Jonah Haak), Andre Kim (Winston Chu), Lyle Lettau (Tristan Milligan), Spencer Macpherson (Hunter Hollingsworth), Eric Osborne (Miles Hollingsworth III), Olivia Scriven (Maya Matlin) Sara Waisglass (Frankie Hollingsworth) and Richard Walters (Deon “Tiny” Bell).
“Pushing their own limits and testing the bonds of family and friends, the students each find their own way to deal with a range of issues,” reads a press release accompanying the announcement (via TV Line). “From homophobia, racism, substance abuse and violence to burgeoning sexuality, body issues, heartbreak and the complications of dating in the social media age.”
As E! Online points out, thanks to its ever-changing roster of principal cast members, the show is Canada’s longest-running dramatic series. It began airing in 1979 under the title “The Kids on Degrassi Street.” In 2001 it returned with an all new group of characters under the title “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” It focuses on the life of a generation of students through the junior high and high school years of life and all the drama and high stakes that come with.
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