‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ Canceled By TeenNick
Although I haven’t followed the show in a long-ass time, it’s hard not to feel a twinge of bittersweetness at the news: Degrassi: The Next Generation has officially been canceled by TeenNick after 14 seasons.
The show will finish its 14-season run this summer, beginning with a one-hour special on July 20th, and continuing with new episodes each day of the week, right up until the series finale on July 31st.
“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, SVP 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.”
Of course, not only has the show enjoyed a devoted following over the years, with fans who’ve grown up with the Canadian sensation, the show has also been the proving ground for several future stars. Case in point, not only did Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev, 90210 vet Shanae Grimes, and Hemlock Grove actor Landon Liboiron get their starts on Degrassi, but hip-hop superstar Drake began his career on the show, playing the role of Jimmy, Degrassi’s star basketball player, who winds up confined to a wheelchair following a school shooting.
“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,” Degrassi executive producer Stephen Stohn added. “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 addition to the series finale, there will be a retrospective special leading into the series finale, titled “It Goes There: Degrassi’s Most Talked About Moments,” which will feature creators, cast members, and fans discussing the most memorable moments from 14 seasons of insane drama. Seriously, pregnancies, STDs, school shootings, murder, rape, lies, cheating, domestic abuse, terminal illness, the whole nine yards. These kids have been through more in 14 seasons than most are in a lifetime. I loved the show, but fell out of viewership as I got older. To anyone still watching, how has the show been? And what do you think of the show coming to an end? Does Degrassi have more to give, or is this the right time to end it? Should it have ended before now? Sound off in the comments!