From a media release:
Whatever it takes. That’s whatÂ Family ChannelÂ is willing to do for fans and the network proves it by announcingÂ Degrassi: Next Class, the newest version of the popular global franchise, will debut on Family inÂ January 2016. AfterÂ Thursday’sÂ news sent shockwaves through the Internet, fans and media showed an outpouring of love for the highly celebrated Canadian teen series. Reassuring fans thatÂ DegrassiÂ as they know it is alive and well,Â DHX Media’s Epitome PicturesÂ will create 20 x 30-minute episodes of the series for Family.
Degrassi: Next ClassÂ is a pull-no-punches dramatic series that tackles the real-life issues of high school students. Telling the stories of “Generation Z,” the series focuses on a group of teens as they 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, racism, substance abuse and violence to burgeoning sexuality, body issues, heartbreak and the complications of dating in the social media age. The series strives to entertain its post-millennial audience while always reinforcing its core principle: You are not alone.
Keeping true to the spirit ofÂ DegrassiÂ that generations have known and loved since 1980,Â Degrassi: Next Classtakes the 485 episode franchise into its next iteration and remains the longest running dramatic television series in Canadian history. The new installment will see popular cast members reprise their roles including:Â Amanda ArcuriÂ asÂ Lola Pacini; Reiya Downs asÂ Shay Powers;Â Ana GoljaÂ asÂ Zoe Rivas;Â Nikki GouldÂ asÂ Grace Cardinal;Â Ricardo HoyosÂ asÂ Zig Novak;Â Ehren KassamÂ asÂ Jonah Haak;Â Andre KimÂ asÂ Winston Chu;Â Lyle LettauÂ asÂ Tristan Milligan;Â Spencer MacphersonÂ asÂ Hunter Hollingsworth;Â Eric OsborneÂ asÂ Miles Hollingsworth III;Â Olivia ScrivenasÂ Maya Matlin;Â Sara WaisglassÂ asÂ Frankie Hollingsworth; andÂ Richard WaltersÂ asÂ Deon “Tiny” Bell.
TheÂ DegrassiÂ franchise is currently celebrating the 35thÂ anniversary.Â Degrassi: Next ClassÂ is produced by DHX Media’s Epitome Pictures, in association with Family Channel and Netflix. The series was co-created byÂ Linda SchuylerÂ who is also Executive Producer withÂ Stephen Stohn,Â Sarah GlinskiÂ andÂ Matt Huether.