Family Channel Announces Degrassi: Next Class Premiere Date, New Teen Timeslot F2N, First 5 Minutes of Episode 1

I don’t know about all of you, but I’m still trying to catch my breath after today’s round of Degrassi: Next Class announcements!

It all started this morning when cast members Sara Waisglass, Ricardo Hoyos, and Stefan Brogren appeared on Toronto’s Breakfast Television to promote Degrassi’s upcoming season. It ended with a slew of new trailers, sneak peeks, opening credits, interviews and more!

In case you were at work or school and missed out on all the fun, here is an overview of everything Degrassi that was released today. Prepare yourselves because it’s all so unbelievably exciting that you may not be able to concentrate on anything other than Degrassi after this.

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Much Music Fall Season Press Release!

Much Music released their press release today for the fall season. While the press release did contain some info we already knew about (e.g. Chaz Bono will be making an appearance), it also include some new spoilers as well.

We now know that Canadian rock band Hedley will be making a guest appearance AND Degrassi will be moving back to it’s 9 p.m. ET timeslot (instead of 10 p.m. in the summer).

Chaz Bono and Canada’s rock royalty Hedley are among the exciting guest appearances on DEGRASSI, when the iconic series returns Friday, Oct. 12 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Much. The second half of Season 12 is jam-packed with dramatic storylines and challenging topics, tackling issues such as bullying, depression, and gender identity struggles. Full episodes of DEGRASSI are available on muchmusic.com, following the broadcast premiere.

When fans last saw the students of DEGRASSI, Eli’s school play, Romeo and Jules, had a successful opening night, and Clare made a decision to get even with Asher by going to the police. When DEGRASSI kicks off the second half of this season with “Building a Mystery” (Part 1), Becky begins to fall for Adam and worries about how her conservative parents will react. Meanwhile, Bianca urges Drew to reconnect with his mom. At a loss for film ideas, Eli is desperate for creative inspiration.

The mid-season finale of Season 12 in August was the #1 specialty program in its timeslot in its key demographic of viewers 12-17, as well as the #1 non-sports specialty program, with viewers 12-34.

Read the complete press release here!


Much Music Season 12 Press Release

Degrassi’s season 12 premiere is still a little over a month away, but promotion for the summer season is already underway! Much Music’s press release came out today, and it contained some interesting spoilers for the first episode. In addition to the scheduling information we already knew (Degrassi will premiere July 16th at 10pm, with encore episodes on the weekend), the press release includes a brief summary of the premiere:

In the premiere episode, Drew (Luke Bilyk) is ready to break-up with Katie (Chloe Rose) for Bianca (Alicia Josipovic) but dreads the drama and looks to some liquid courage to get the job done. Clare (Aislinn Paul) wants to be with Eli (Munro Chambers) but worries that he doesn’t feel the same way. Plus, complicating life for the crew is the arrival of a dozen hotties, as Degrassi welcomes players from a junior hockey team to the school.

How do you think this episode is going to stack up against previous Degrassi season premieres?


Press Release: 7 Weeks of Degrassi This Summer

Much Music’s press release for season 11 came out this afternoon. The press release confirms what Stephen Stohn tweeted yesterday: another summer of the telenovela format and 3 new cast members. It also announces that the Monday to Friday summer format will be extended to 7 weeks. This is 1 week longer than season 10 (which was only 6 weeks long). Therefore, there will likely be 28 new episodes airing this summer. This is what the press release said:

Toronto, ON (March 25, 2011) – After three decades of groundbreaking and controversial storylines, MuchMusic’s #1 hit show DEGRASSI returns for an impressive 11th season this summer. Fans get their daily DEGRASSI fix as the show premieres for the second year in the highly successful Monday to Friday telenovela format, this year extending that run to seven weeks. With the enrolment of three new students and storylines that push the envelope even further with social topics facing teens today, DEGRASSI is guaranteed to set the bar higher than ever. Production for Season 11 has already begun in Toronto.

Joining DEGRASSI this season is the charming heartthrob Jake Martin (Justin Kelly), who tells it like it is and tries not to break too many hearts in the process. New student Katie Matlin (Chloe Rose) is a fresh-faced athlete who plays hard on the field but is soft when it comes to matters of the heart. Fun and energetic Imogen Moreno (Cristine Prosperi) is anything but boring, but she constantly fears her one, big secret could be exposed to the entire school.

“After the success of last summer’s format shift we are thrilled to be delivering a bonus week of episodes to DEGRASSI fans this summer,” says Stephen Stohn, Executive Producer and President, Epitome Pictures. “Fans will get a full seven weeks of new daily DEGRASSI storylines and drama, starting with a crime of passion that reverberates throughout the summer and leads to an explosive conclusion.”

Click here to read the full press release.


Much Music Press Release: Love is in the Air at Degrassi

Much Music put out a new press release for Degrassi this morning, highlighting the show’s recent success, as well as a new summary for “When Love Takes Over.” Here’s what the article had to say:

Toronto, ON (January 31, 2011) – Cupid hits his mark during Sweetheart Week at DEGRASSI when the hit series returns with all-new episodes this February! With school back in session, some Degrassi students have fallen under Saint Valentine’s spell while others are headed for broken heart city in a special one-hour episode airing Friday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series returns to its regular 30-minute timeslot, Fridays at 9 p.m. ET/PT beginning Friday, Feb 18.

DEGRASSI reaches more than 800,000 viewers every week on MuchMusic and the original Friday airing has quickly become the channel’s #1 series in the key demo of P12-34. Celebrated for its controversial and groundbreaking storylines, this award-winning series has continued to captivate audiences around the world for 30 years. DEGRASSI was recently nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the GLAAD Awards.

“When Love Takes Over”
Friday, Feb. 11 at 9 p.m. ET/PT

Sweetheart Week hits DEGRASSI and Adam is shocked by his newfound connection with Fiona. That is until Fiona’s drinking habits become out of control. He’s willing to turn a blind eye if it means they get to spend time together, but begins to wonder if he’s the problem. Meanwhile, Anya is thrilled that her mom has been proclaimed cancer free, but is not thrilled that she won’t get to see cute and funny Dr. Chris anymore. But when romance blooms, Anya is thrilled. Good thing he doesn’t know she’s a 17-year-old high school student…

Read the full press release right here!


Epitome Pictures Announces New TV Series

A Degrassi spinoff? Not quite. But CTV announced in a press release today that the network has ordered a new drama series from Epitome Pictures (Degrassi’s production company). Ever since the cancellation of Instant Star, we’ve been waiting to hear when Epitome will take on another show. Now we have an official announcement! The one hour drama series is called Highland Gardens, and focuses on 6 young Canadians as they pursue their dreams in Hollywood. Here’s what the press release had to say:

CTV Orders Two, New One-Hour Original Pilots SAVING HOPE and STAY WITH ME // MuchMusic and CTV Order New One-Hour Drama Series HIGHLAND GARDENS

Toronto, ON (December 9, 2010) – CTV announced today that it has ordered two, new one-hour original drama pilots for the network. Additionally, MuchMusic and CTV also announced today that they have ordered a new one-hour original drama series.

For MuchMusic and CTV and from the internationally acclaimed and Gemini Award-winning Epitome Pictures producing team of Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn (DEGRASSI) comes the six-episode one-hour drama HIGHLAND GARDENS (working title). Executive Produced and written by Martin Gero (Bored to Death, Young People F*cking), HIGHLAND GARDENS follows the ins and outs of an apartment-style motel in LA which draws aspiring Canadian hopefuls looking for a place to rest their heads while they chase their Hollywood dreams. Production is scheduled to begin in Summer 2011.

Small fish. Big pond. Huge dreams. The sexy new drama HIGHLAND GARDENS focuses on six young Canadians as they try their luck in LA, pursuing celluloid and stardom, along with a few thousand other uber-motivated hopefuls. Moving into an apartment-style motel for displaced dreamers, each dubbed “most likely to succeed”, they all face the challenges and opportunities of a lifetime. Can they achieve their heart’s desire without selling their souls? The six-episode first season of HIGHLAND GARDENS will be showrun and executive produced by Martin Gero (Young People F*cking, BORED TO DEATH) and executive produced by Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn from Epitome Pictures (DEGRASSI) in association with MuchMusic. The series is funded by the CHUM Benefits Trendsetters and Risktakers fund


Degrassi In India: Premieres This Christmas

Much Music issued a press release today for their holiday programming, and it included new information about the Degrassi In India documentary special! As many of you are aware, the cast of Degrassi travelled to India earlier this year with Free the Children. A documentary was made about the trip. This is the 3rd Degrassi Free the Children documentary; the others being taking place in Kenya and Ecuador. According to the press release, Degrassi In India will premiere on Christmas Eve at 8pm on Much Music. No air date for TeenNick is yet known. Here is how the press release described the documentary:

DEGRASSI IN INDIA
Premieres Friday, Dec. 24 at 8 p.m. ET (30 min.)

DEGRASSI IN INDIA follows 14 cast members on a real life journey to a tiny village in rural India. They set out to help a community build a school with Free the Children where they are reminded to appreciate their friends, family, and fortunate lives. Watch as DEGRASSI’s Gemini award-winning actors depart on an adventure like no other.


New Descriptions of the Halloween Minis

Nickelodeon’s press release on their Halloween schedule features these new descriptions of the Degrassi Halloween minis:

Monday, Oct. 25
9:00 p.m. – Degrassi
“Monster Moon” Halloween Mini, Part 1 (Premiere)

As the Monster Moon rises high above Degrassi’s Halloween dance, the students are in for some surprising twists and turns. Sav gets into a hairy situation, and poor Wesley can’t believe his eyes.

Tuesday, Oct. 26
9:00 p.m. – Degrassi
“Monster Moon” Halloween Mini, Part 2 (Premiere)

With the dance in full swing, Eli tries to get a little one-on-one time with girlfriend Clare in a deserted hallway. What he doesn’t know is that she has a self-indulgent plan of her own.

Wednesday, Oct. 27
9:00 p.m. – Degrassi
“Monster Moon” Halloween Mini, Part 3 (Premiere)

When Zane sees that Riley has deviated from their matching costume plans, it’s time for a big conversation. Seriously- what’s Halloween without matching gladiator costumes?

Thursday, Oct. 28
9:00 p.m. – Degrassi
“Monster Moon” Halloween Mini, Part 4 (Premiere)

Fiona may be beautiful, but she’s a terrible mime with a dark secret. Could it be that Drew’s extremely good looks on the night of the dance tempt her into revealing her true nature?


New Much Music Press Release

A new press release from Much Music has come out in anticipation of the 2nd half of season 10. Most if it is details we already know, including the date & time of the season premiere and the awesome ratings Much has been getting. But it also included this new summary for the premiere:

DEGRASSI – “Don’t Let Me Get Me” (Pt. 1 and Pt. 2)
Friday, October 8 at 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. ET

The students return to DEGRASSI after the lockdown, only to find big changes at the school. Alli dives into the new term determined to put her boiler room “bad girl” past behind her. But when a crackdown enforcing new rules and a dress code slams onto DEGRASSI, Alli finds herself in the eye of the storm when she is forced to confront her double life at home. Meanwhile, Jenna’s secret is revealed to a nation-wide audience and she is shocked with the reaction.

You can read the full press release right here.


Degrassi Summer Finale Press Release

It’s been a semester of hot hook-ups and delicious drama for the students of DEGRASSI. And as things heat up, MuchMusic’s hit show is going on lockdown. During the school’s biggest social event, an ongoing feud escalates to a point where lives are put in danger and a lockdown threatens to change Degrassi Community School forever. Don’t miss the action on DEGRASSI’s mid-season summer finale week airing Monday, Aug. 23 – Thursday, Aug. 26 at 9 p.m. ET.

From the summer telenovela format to its groundbreaking storylines, DEGRASSI has kept fans coming back day after day and week after week, making it one of MuchMusic’s most watched shows of the year. Fans can catch DEGRASSI when it returns in October, airing once a week, exclusively on MuchMusic.

Read the full press release (including descriptions for the next week’s episodes) here.