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Link: Students of Degrassi: Next Class grapple with terrorism in new season

From Megan Dolski of the Toronto Star:

Link: Students of Degrassi: Next Class grapple with terrorism in new season
The students at Degrassi Community School are about to get shaken up with news that probably sounds familiar.

In the newest season of Degrassi: Next Class — debuting Monday at 10 p.m. on Family Channel — Belgium is rocked by a terror attack. Within days, student Goldi has her hijab ripped from her head while walking home.

Meanwhile, T-shirts in solidarity with Belgium pop up around the school. Saad, a Syrian refugee, tries to explain why he doesn’t feel comfortable putting one on. Continue reading. 

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Family Channel celebrates Canada Day with Season 4 of Degrassi: Next Class

From a media release:

This Canada Day long weekend, Family Channel is heading back to the classroom, bringing fans across the country a brand new season of Degrassi: Next Class. Premiering  Monday, July 3 at 10 p.m. ET/PT, season four of the critically acclaimed teen drama takes a look at some of the most relevant issues affecting today’s youth, exploring important topics such as mental illness, gender identity and cultural adjustment. Following the premiere, new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class will air weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT. For fans who’d prefer to spend their long weekend binge-watching, all 10 episodes will be available on The Family Channel App beginning Friday, June 30.

Season four of Degrassi: Next Class picks up with the students returning to school from their winter break, many for their final semester. Still reeling from the reality of Maya’s accident, Degrassi Community School is carefully monitoring everyone’s mental health and ensuring that all students have someone to talk to. While exploring situations teens commonly struggle with today, such as break ups and make ups, peer pressure and balancing academia with personal life, season four also continues to focus on the lives of the Syrian refugees as they try to find their place at Degrassi. The new season also marks the graduation of some of the series’ most beloved characters, but not before a beautiful yet dramatic prom.

A special treat for fans in honour of the Canada Day long weekend, on Friday, June 30, the entire fourth season will be available on The Family Channel App, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes extra content. For those who are new to the series, missed a few episodes or simply want to re-watch all the Next Class drama, seasons one through three are currently available on The Family Channel App and on Family OnDemand.

Reprising their roles for season four of Degrassi: Next Class are Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; 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; Parham Rownaghi as Saad Al’Maliki; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell; Dalia Yegavian as Rasha Zuabi and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.

Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.

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Link: The world of Degrassi according to Snake

From Tony Wong of the Toronto Star:

Link: The world of Degrassi according to Snake
It’s been three decades since Stefan Brogren played Archie “Snake” Simpson on CBC’s Degrassi Junior High. But he will forever be known as the guy who was the first to use the F-bomb on Canadian television.

“I was actually so excited to say it,” says Brogren. “We had two versions. One where I say ‘Screw it.’ The other was when I used the F-word. I didn’t know which one CBC went with until they broadcast the show. There was a huge uproar.” Continue reading.

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Degrassi: Next Class season 3 available on Family Channel app

From a media release:

School is back in session! Degrassi: Next Class returns for its third season, January 9 on Family Channel’s F2N

  • Full season available on The Family Channel app January 6

It may be the longest running dramatic series in Canadian history, but, much like high school, fans of Degrassi: Next Class can look forward to an unpredictable roller coaster ride of emotions when the critically acclaimed teen drama returns for its third season on Monday, January 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. Airing weeknights at 10 p.m. ET/PT, on Family Channel’s teen programming block F2N, the new season picks up immediately following season two’s cliffhanger finale – after the tragic bus crash which left many fans wondering whether or not their favourite characters survived. Those who can’t wait to find out what happens next, can watch all 10 episodes from season three ahead of the broadcast premiere when they are released exclusively on The Family Channel App tomorrow.

From unconventional love triangles to tackling serious subjects like abortion, to dealing with mental health issues and the introduction of Syrian refugees, season three of Degrassi: Next Class looks at many of the realities facing Canadian teens today. The season begins revealing the outcome of the devastating bus crash – many are injured and one student is left in critical condition. Degrassi opens its doors to an influx of Syrian refugees, but when some unexpected tensions arise, so do the student politics. Meanwhile, a post on Hastygram sparks a debate about social media etiquette and what is, or isn’t, appropriate to share publically.

Degrassi fans who can’t wait to binge-watch the entire season, can do so tomorrow when it is released in full on The Family Channel App. New users can find it in the F2N section and will need to unlock the F2N portal by clicking on the “Settings” menu and clicking on the check mark to make the content visible. For viewers who want to catch up on all the Next Class drama, both season one and two are currently available on The Family Channel App and Family OnDemand.

Those looking for the inside scoop can head to F2N.ca for a behind-the-scenes look at the series. The dedicated showpage features exclusive video content, information about the characters and the show’s complete schedule. Plus, fans can prove how well they know the show by testing their Degrassi knowledge with challenging episode quizzes.

The third season of Degrassi: Next Class introduces two new cast members, Dalia Yegavian and Parham Rownaghi as Syrian refugees Rasha Zuabi and Saad Al’Maliki, respectively. Also starring are: Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Amir Bageria as Baaz Nahir; Soma Bhatia as Goldi Nahir; Jamie Bloch as Yael Baron; Chelsea Clark as Esme Song; 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; Dante Scott as Vijay Miraj; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell; and Stefan Brogren as Principal Simpson.

Degrassi: Next Class is produced by DHX Media, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.

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