Academic pressure, arson, internet gambling and even teen-aged stripping ensue as Degrassi: The Next Generation returns to CTV next week with the second act of the series’ sixth season; new episodes air Wednesdays at 9:30 p.m. ET following ratings juggernaut American Idol beginning March 28 on CTV and on CTV HD East/West (visit CTV.ca to confirm local broadcast times). Picking up the pieces after the shocking murder of J.T. (Ryan Cooley), the season’s final seven episodes delve deeper into the post-secondary world of the characters from Canada’s most addictive homegrown drama series.
Viewers can catch up on all 12 of this season’s previously aired episodes, along with corresponding exclusive online content, all on demand on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca. Following the television broadcast of each of the seven new episodes, the episode itself as well as a scripted webisode (a.k.a. â€œDegrassi Miniâ€) and a behind-the-scenes documentary (a.k.a. â€œDegrassi: On the Setâ€) for the episode will be available on demand beginning Thursdays at 9 a.m. ET on The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca.
In the Spring season premiere, entitled â€œFree Fallin’ Part 1â€ (March 28 on CTV), Paige has a spectacular panic attack during a Banting University midterm exam. The course professor offers her one more chance, which comes in the form of work to be completed over the holiday weekend. With a huge family dinner to cook and everyone dying to know how fantastic university life is, something has got to give for Paigeâ€¦
In other upcoming episodes:
â€œFree Fallin’ Part 2â€ (April 4 on CTV) – With her degree in jeopardy and the little issue of a dramatic dorm fire, Paige develops a Banting â€œallergyâ€. She slinks home to Toronto with her tail between her legs, but keeps the truth about what happened to herself. Despite rising panic attacks and friends who just might understand, Paige is committed to keeping her secret, no matter what.
â€œIf You Leave (April 11 on CTV) – Emma (Miriam McDonald) feels as if J.T.’s death is being glossed over and makes sure everyone knows how she feels. Marco suspects that Dylan (John Bregar) is cheating on him and calls on Jimmy (Aubrey Graham) and Spinner (Shane Kippel) to help him find out.
â€œLove My Wayâ€ (April 18 on CTV) – When Snake discovers Emma buying birth control, he surprises everyone with his anger, including himself. He’s not comfortable with Emma and Sean having sex. But as far as Emma’s concerned, Snake is going to have to get comfortable with it, by any means necessary.
With an April 14 tribute set to take place at the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival and two more volumes of â€œDegrassi: Extra Creditâ€ in bookstores on April 23, Degrassi: The Next Generation is returning to CTV on a high note. The Gemini-Award winning series has garnered numerous accolades over the years including a Television Critics Association Award for â€œOutstanding Achievement in Children’s Programmingâ€ and a Teen Choice Award for â€œChoice Summer Seriesâ€.
Continually pushing the boundaries of conventional television and licensed in over 150 countries, including France, Switzerland and Australia, Degrassi: The Next Generation extended its brand in 2006 with 19 scripted webisodes (a.k.a. â€œDegrassi Minisâ€); 19 behind-the-scenes documentaries (a.k.a. â€œDegrassi: On the Setâ€); and two animated shorts (a.k.a. â€œDegrassi Mangasodesâ€). All 40 bonus-elements are available on-demand throughout the season via The CTV Broadband Network at CTV.ca. In addition to the multi-platform campaign in support of the series, â€œDegrassi: Extra Creditâ€, a four-volume series of graphic novels is available in stores across Canada.