TeenNick has announced that the upcoming 14th season of Degrassi: The Next Generation will be the show’s end. The venerable series will kick off its 14th year on July 20th and wrap up with a retrospective special on July 31st.
Here’s the press release:
“DEGRASSI” CLOSES ITS LAST CHAPTER ON TEENNICK WITH TWO-WEEK FINALE EVENT IN JULY
TV Event Kicks Off with Hour-Long Premiere Monday, July 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT); Series Concludes with Hour-Long Special It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments and Finale Friday, July 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
NEW YORK – June 4, 2015 -The award-winning drama Degrassi, which has entertained and resonated with millions of teens for 14 seasons on TeenNick, comes to an unforgettable end with a two-week series finale event this summer. The final 12 episodes airing on TeenNick will kick off with an hour-long special Monday, July 20, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), with premieres airing Monday-Friday, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), for two weeks. The run culminates on Friday, July 31, with an hour-long special, It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments, where Degrassi cast members, creators and fans share the series’ most iconic moments at 8 p.m. (ET/PT) and the hour-long series finale at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).
“For an incredible 14 seasons, Degrassi has been a groundbreaking show tackling so many important topics that real teens face in their everyday lives,” said Keith Dawkins, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Nicktoons, TeenNick and Nick Jr. “In the final episodes on TeenNick and through the hour-long special and social activations, we hope to say goodbye in a way that is both fitting to the show and Degrassi’s passionate fan base.”
“Few producers are as blessed as we have been, working with so many talented and creative individuals at TeenNick for 14 seasons of Degrassi; including 385 episodes and over 100 pieces of original short-form web content,” said Stephen Stohn, Executive Producer, Degrassi. “We thank all those at TeenNick who have worked so hard over the years to help us create a television series that changes with the times and continues to authentically connect and interact with the youth audience.”
In TeenNick’s final episodes, the senior class prepares for prom and graduation as the school year comes to an end. The new principal, Ms. Pill, introduces a strict new regime at Degrassi in response to the oomfchat scandal, and the unhappy students take out their frustrations on Zoë. Meanwhile, Clare and Eli are on good terms and committed to raising their baby together. Frankie and Winston decide to put on the musical production, “Caption Who,” penned by Winston himself. Also, Zig and Maya grow closer than ever.
Leading into the Degrassi finale, TeenNick will reveal a different themed top-ten list on-air and online every day, beginning July 20. These lists will highlight special moments, friendships, fashion, celebrity cameos, music and more, culminating in the hour-long special It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments, premiering Friday, July 31 at 8 p.m. (ET/PT). The special will highlight the most iconic and memorable Degrassi moments featuring commentary from cast members, show creators and fans.
Beginning in July, fans can visit TeenNick.com to sign the official Degrassi virtual yearbook which will feature cast headshots, show photos and candid shots from all seasons. Additionally, fans can submit videos sharing their favorite Degrassi season, storyline and character, what the series means to them and the impact the series had on them throughout the years, with #MyDegrassiMoment for the opportunity to see them posted on TeenNick.com.
Degrassi is a fictional, dramatic television series that tackles tough teen issues in a realistic way. The internationally acclaimed series is a three-time Emmy-nominee and the winner of a Television Critics Association Award, the Peabody Award and two Teen Choice Awards in addition to many others. Heralded as the most authentic teen drama on television, Degrassi explores an interesting group of adolescents and young adults experiencing the trials and tribulations of teendom at Degrassi Community School. In its fourteenth season, the series follows Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Luke Bilyk as Drew Torres; Munro Chambers as Eli Goldsworthy; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Sarah Fisher as Becky Baker; Ana Golja as Zoë Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Demetrius Joyette as Mike Dallas; 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; Aislinn Paul as Clare Edwards; Cristine Prosperi as Imogen Moreno; AJ Saudin as Connor DeLaurier; Melinda Shankar as Alli Bhandari; Jessica Tyler as Jenna Middleton; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell.
Degrassi is produced by Epitome Pictures (Open Heart, The L.A. Complex, Instant Star), a DHX Media Company. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler who is also Executive Producer with Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.
TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s 24-hour TV network exclusively for and about teens and tweens, is available in almost 72 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite. Featuring a roster of ever-popular Nick favorites, original programming and award-winning series, the brand presents an authentic teen experience, with all its emotional intensity, energy and humor, across multiple platforms and integrated social media. TeenNick and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).
What do you think? Do you like this series? Is it time for it to end or would you have watched a 15th season?