Rumors of a certain Canadian teen soap’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Last week, word broke that Degrassi would end its 14-year-run on TeenNick this July. As EW initially reported, though, that didn’t mean Degrassi Community School was closing its doors for good: The series’ producers planned to transfer it to another to-be-announced broadcaster.
Now that broadcaster has been revealed: Both Netflix and Canada’s Family Channel will air 20 new episodes of Degrassi starting in early 2016. What’s more, the latest version of the show is also gaining a new subtitle: Next Class. “We are energized and excited to work with Family Channel as we tell stories for the new post-millennial teen cohort known as Generation Z, most of whom weren’t even born when Degrassi returned in 2001,” said Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler in a statement.
Members of the show’s mammoth cast who will reprise their roles in Next Class include—deep breath—Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell.
They’re part of a long, proud history that stretches back a full 35 years, when the first iteration of the Degrassi franchise (called The Kids of Degrassi Street) first hit Canadian television. The latest version of Degrassi, initially titled Degrassi: The Next Generation, has aired 485 episodes and is the longest-running dramatic TV series in Canadian history.
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