From Todd Spangler of Variety:
Why Teen Drama Is Leaving TV After 35 Years
In coming toÂ Netflixâ€™s ad-freeÂ streamingÂ service, the show â€”Â which from the beginningÂ hasÂ aimedÂ to address adolescent problems in a realistic way â€” has more breathing room to develop storylines, saidÂ Stephen Stohn, president of DHX Mediaâ€™sÂ Epitome PicturesÂ and executive producer ofÂ â€œDegrassi.â€
â€œWith ad-supported TV, ratings are at the top of the list and in some cases dictate creative decisions,â€ Stohn said, adding that when viewershipÂ declines there can be a tendency among network executives to shy away from controversial subject matter. â€œWe haveÂ more creative freedom with Netflixâ€¦Â With Netflix weâ€™re just encouraged to tell the stories we want to tell.â€ Continue reading.