Everything about Degrassi, eh?

Family Channel’s new teen block F2N launches with the premiere of Degrassi: Next Class

From a media release:

DHX Television’s leading kids network Family Channel is expanding it’s offering with F2N– a new timeslot on the schedule featuring exclusive series and popular movies for teens. Beginning Monday, January 4 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, F2N takes over nighttime viewing on Family Channel, anchored by the highly-anticipated debut of Degrassi: Next Class. This entertainment haven for older audiences will also introduce seven series as part of an overall programming and licensing deal with AwesomenessTV as DHX Television expands its relationship with the Gen Z content creator to feature shows for teens that capture how growing up is rarely predictable. Launching today to give viewers more insight on the F2N programming slate that awaits them is F2N.ca, which features show details and exclusive previews of what’s on the horizon.

From DHX Studios, Degrassi: Next Class tells the stories of Generation Z with equal measures of humour, angst and heart. This drama follows high school students as they grapple with a series of ‘firsts’ and begin their journey into adulthood. 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: from homophobia and racism to substance abuse and the complications of dating in the social media age.

New faces joining the previously announced cast of Degrassi: Next Class include: Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi NahirJamie Bloch as Yael BaronChelsea Clark as Esme Song; and Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen StohnSarah Glinski and Matt Huether.

Poll: What are your favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

As the year winds down, it’s time to reflect back on 2015. What a year it was for Canadian TV. Yes, there was some sad news—the cancellation of Strange Empire, Remedy and Rookie Blue come immediately to mind—but there was plenty to celebrate as well.

Sci-fi in Canada is stronger than ever thanks to Orphan Black and newbies Killjoys and Dark Matter, we’re getting laughs from series like Still Standing, Sunnyside and Young Drunk Punk and dramas like This Life, The Romeo Section and Motive continue to entertain.

As we get ready to say hello to 2016, help us celebrate 2015 by voting for your favourite five (5) Canadian television shows of the year. (Vote by clicking the boxes to the left of your favourite shows, then click the shaded “Vote” button located just below and right of Young Drunk Punk.)

What are your five favourite Canadian TV shows of 2015?

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Link: Get Your First Look at Degrassi: Next Class

From Tierney Bricker of EOnline:

Get Your First Look at Degrassi: Next Class
Next Class will introduce fans to five new characters: Yael Baron (Jamie Bloch), Esme Song (Chelsea Clark), Vijay Maraj (Dante Scott), Goldi Nahir (Soma Bhatia), and Baaz Nahir (Amir Bageria). While the final two are siblings, it looks like Esme will be getting close with poor little rich boy Miles, with Vijay has another one of our favourite lines from the trailer: “I love high school!” Continue reading.

Link: When it comes to tween TV production, Canada comes of age

From Jeremy Dickson of Kidscreen:

When it comes to tween TV production, Canada comes of age
Oh Canada. It’s the celebrated home of maple syrup, hockey and Degrassi-star-turned-rapper Drake. Within the global kids entertainment biz, the country is gaining a reputation as a burgeoning breeding ground for high-quality TV sitcoms and dramas that target tweens and teens. Continue reading.

Season 9 of Murdoch Mysteries part of AMI’s fall lineup

From a media release:

Accessible Media Inc. (AMI) announced today its programming schedule for the 2015 fall season including a roster of new dramas, comedies, and movies as well as returning favourites and popular original programs.

The fall schedule kicks off on Sunday, September 6 with a two and a half hour Coronation Street mini-marathon. Then, prepare for a full British invasion every Sunday beginning September 20 with five straight current episodes of Coronation Street followed by never before described episodes of Downton Abbey.

Fans of medical programs can tune in to see Hugh Laurie as an eccentric medical genius in House, M.D. or catch the Canadian supernatural medical drama Saving Hope. For those more intrigued by crime solving and courtroom battles, the first season of Law and Order: SVU debuts on AMI-tv while all new Murdoch Mysteries returns for season nine. Other returning favourites include Matlock and new seasons of both W5 and The Fifth Estate while additional Canadian programs include Degrassi: The Next Generation and Trailer Park Boys.

Weekend movies will continue with Friday Night Lights, Ray and Inside Man among those lined up for the coming year and sports fans can enjoy an exciting September as the red hot Blue Jays continue to fight for a playoff spot with AMI’s live described Major League Baseball.

AMI is also proud to continue to produce engaging and entertaining original programming as AMI This Week returns with a fresh new look while Sports Access, Four Senses and Canada in Perspective are all back for brand new seasons.