Published Jun 04, 2015There's no question that it's our greatest contribution to teen television, but it might just be one of the best things Canada's ever done at all. And now it's coming to an end. That's right — Degrassi has been cancelled.
Following The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, the current iteration of the show ran for nine seasons as Degrassi: The Next Generation before rebranding as just Degrassi in its tenth season. Degrassi is currently in its 14th season, and will wrap this summer.
Though it started as a CBC program, Degrassi has more recently aired on MuchMusic in Canada and TeenNick in the United States.
"For an incredible 14 seasons, Degrassi has been a groundbreaking show tackling so many important topics that real teens face in their everyday lives," TeenNick general manager Keith Dawkins said in a statement. "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."
Degrassi executive producer Stephen Stohn added, "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. 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."
The influence and reach of Degrassi knows no bounds — in addition to helping launch the careers of Drake and Shenae Grimes, among others, the show tackled issues that few other television programs would dare touch. Its occasionally over-the-top soap opera tone was repeatedly spoofed in Nick Kroll's Kroll Show with the ongoing "Wheels, Ontario" segment.
Degrassi will conclude with an hour-long episode on July 31. Prior to that, a special will air called It Goes There: Degrassi's Most Talked About Moments.
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