Degrassi: Next Class
|Degrassi: Next Class|
Degrassi: Next Class 2nd current official logo
|Theme music composer||
|Opening theme||"Whatever It Takes"|
|Country of origin||Canada|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||
(list of episodes)
Courtney Jane Walker
Jason B. Irvine|
|Running time||24 minutes|
Entertainment One |
|Original network||Family (F2N)|
|Original release||January 4, 2016 – present|
Degrassi: The Next Generation|
Degrassi Junior High
The Kids of Degrassi Street|
Degrassi: Next Class is a Canadian teen drama television series set in the Degrassi Universe, which was originally created by Linda Schuyler and Kit Hood in 1979. It is the fifth series in the Degrassi franchise, following The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High, Degrassi High, and Degrassi: The Next Generation. The series was created by Linda Schuyler, Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinksi, and Matt Huether and is produced by Epitome Pictures (a subsidiary of DHX Media). The current executive producers are Schuyler, her husband Stephen Stohn, Sarah Glinski, and Matt Huether. The series is filmed at Epitome's studios in Toronto, Ontario, rather than on the real De Grassi Street from which the franchise takes its name.
Like its predecessors, the series follows an ensemble cast of students at Degrassi Community School who face various challenges often seen as taboo such as sex, teen pregnancy, date rape, drug abuse, self image, homosexuality, self-injury, suicide, abortion, domestic violence, death, racism and many other issues. The first season of Next Class premiered on January 4, 2016 on Family's new teen programming block, F2N in Canada. The series saw its U.S. (and international) debut January 15, 2016, on Netflix. In Australia the show premiered on ABC3 on May 16, 2016. Season one ended on January 17, 2016 for both the Family Channel's two weeks or a fortnight run and Netflix's five hours to three days run.
On January 19, 2016, Netflix confirmed season two will stream later in 2016. In an article about the show, executive producer and series writer Sarah Glinski confirmed season two will stream during mid-2016, which was later confirmed as a July 22, 2016 release date on the night of July 21, 2016. In Canada, the second season premiered on July 19, 2016. The entire second season will also be made available to Canada on July 22, 2016, on the Family Channel App.
Three months before the release of season two on Netflix and Family, Netflix renewed Next Class for seasons three and four to contain 10 episodes each. Both are expected to stream in January and July 2017. Filming for both seasons commenced on May 16, 2016 and will wrap on August 11, 2016. Ahead of the season two premiere on Family and Netflix, Australia's ABC3 network began airing the second season on May 30, 2016, immediately after the first season concluded on the network.
Although not officially confirmed by the networks, series co-creator Linda Schulyer has stated that brainstorming is underway for seasons five and six of Next Class. Casting is also underway for new series leads and recurring characters to join the series.
|Released||First aired||Last aired|
|1||10||January 15, 2016||January 4, 2016||January 15, 2016|
|2||10||July 22, 2016||July 19, 2016||September 20, 2016|
|3||10||January 6, 2017||January 9, 2017||TBA|
Starting with season 1 of Next Class, none of the characters who debuted during the changes happening in seasons eight and nine of The Next Generation remain. The students featured were introduced starting in seasons eleven, thirteen, and fourteen of the previous incarnation along with several new characters for the follow-up series. The first and second seasons featured 19 regular roles, with 14 cast members returning from season 14 of Degrassi. Keeping ties to the early seasons of the previous incarnation and the franchise as a whole, Stefan Brogren's character remains the Principal of Degrassi Community School. According to Amir Bageria, the currently renewed season four will be the last season for a majority of the first cast of Next Class as their characters graduate. Seasons three and four will be adding two regulars to the cast, as casting calls were made public through Larissa Mair Casting. On August 9, 2016, Chelsea Clark confirmed she had wrapped her role as Esme Song. On August 11, 2016, both Soma Bhatia and Ana Golja also announced they had wrapped their roles as Goldi Nahir and Zoe Rivas, respectively.
On October 21, 2016, it was confirmed that the cast members in a photo executive producer Stephen Stohn posted were the ones leaving the cast at the end of season four. This includes: Eric Osborne (Miles Hollingsworth III), Ricardo Hoyos (Zig Novak), Andre Kim (Winston Chu), Ehren Kassam (Jonah Haak), Ana Golja (Zoe Rivas), Lyle Lettau (Tristan Milligan), Nikki Gould (Grace Cardinal), Olivia Scriven (Maya Matlin), and Soma Bhatia (Goldi Nahir).
Several recurring cast members from the previous incarnation continued their roles in Degrassi: Next Class, a majority being the parents and teachers of the students at Degrassi Community School. David Sutcliffe of Gilmore Girls fame appeared in a season one episode as himself. In season two, several cast members from the first incarnation made guest appearances for the 500th episode of the Degrassi franchise. These cast members include Adamo Ruggiero as Marco Del Rossi, Miriam McDonald as Emma Nelson, Lauren Collins as Paige Michalchuk, Shane Kippel as Gavin "Spinner" Mason, and Sarah Barrable-Tishauer as Liberty Van Zandt. Jamie Johnston, who portrayed Peter Stone in seasons five through ten of Degrassi: The Next Generation, also made his return for the second season. He will recur in several episodes. Other previous cast members that appeared are Raymond Ablack as Sav Bhandari, Charlotte Arnold as Holly J. Sinclair, Jake Epstein as Craig Manning, and Jacob Neayem as Mo Mashkour.
The original idea for "Degrassi: Next Class" was to be the 15th season of Degrassi: The Next Generation, but under a new title. After learning of the series cancellation in November 2014, the producers pitched the idea of Next Class to Nickelodeon, who later passed on the idea.
The producers then sought out other means to distribute the series and later made a deal with Netflix.
Executive producers, script-writers and directors
Franchise co-creator Linda Schuyler and her husband Stefan Stohn serve as executive producers for the series. Other executive producers include Sarah Glinkski, Matt Huether and Brendon Yorke.
Continuing with Next Class, Sarah Glinksi and Matt Huether serve as head story editors for the show. Other writers include Courtney Jane Walker, Alejandro Alcoba, Cole Bastedo and Ian MacIntyre. Current directors for the series include series star and producer Stefan Brogren, Eleanor Lindo, Phil Earnshaw, and Rt!.
Each episode of Degrassi: Next Class is written following the same formula with three storylines (Plot A, Plot B and Plot C). The problems and issues presented in the episode are not always resolved by the end of the episode, and are carried over throughout the season, creating a mini-arc. With "Next Class", some episodes have the plots follow a common theme. This concept was featured in Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High. Episode titles feature a "#" in the front of each episode title and occasionally refer to current social media trends.
The opening sequence of "Next Class" returned to the longer openings that was featured in the first twelve seasons of "The Next Generation" but was cut to 31 seconds. The opening comes after a two- to three-minute cold open but not follow the characters around the school. Instead, a montage of videos and pictures from the characters social media accounts cycle across the screen. Like the final two seasons of "Degrassi", instead of listing every ensemble actor in the opening, episodes only credit the regular actors appearing in that episode. The theme music, "Whatever It Takes", was composed by Jim McGrath, with lyrics written by Jody Colero and Stephen Stohn. The song include lines such as, "Whatever it takes, I know I can make it through/And if I hold out, I know I can make it through/Be the best, the best that I can be", to convey what Colero calls, "a sense of joy and optimism." The first season of "Next Class" featured a rearranged version of "Whatever It Takes" composed by Jody Colero, Jim McGrath, Stephen Stohn, Rob Wells, and Shobha. Shobha also recorded the song.
The Degrassi universe is set on De Grassi Street in Toronto, Ontario. The four previous series were filmed on and near the street. However, Degrassi is filmed at Epitome Pictures' four soundstages and backlot located at the company's 100,000-square-foot (9,300 m2) production studios in Toronto. The facade of Degrassi Community School is the exterior of Studio C, and uses the same colours and glass pattern as Centennial College, which was used to depict the school during Degrassi High.
The area in front of this facade features a "hoarding area" where students gather, a street, and a bus stop across the road. The studio's backlot is used for exterior shots of the characters' houses, which is one unit dressed differently for each house, and The Dot Grill. The building for The Dot is the only one on the backlot large enough to allow filming inside; scenes taking places inside the school and house interiors are filmed on one of four sound stages.
Studio A contains sets for the school's hallways, washrooms, cafeteria and classrooms. The hallways are stenciled with phrases such as "the perfect human being is all human", which were found at the Etobicoke School for the Arts, one of the many schools that set designers used during their original research. The washroom set is used for the girls' and boys' room; urinals are installed and removed as needed." It is also used as the studio's cafeteria where the cast and crew eat.
In addition to being used as the exterior of the school, Studio C holds sets for the school's entrance foyer, the gymnasium, the media lab and a hallway with lockers. As the franchise progressed and the budget increased, a stairway and balcony was installed in the foyer in an attempt to get characters off the floor and not all appear in the same geometric plane. For the first few seasons of The Next Generation, the gym floor was made of real wooden floorboards; due to warping, it was replaced by concrete painted to look like wood.
Studio B contains the sets for the characters' houses. The fourth studio, Studio D, houses all the production offices, dressing rooms, and make-up and hair departments.
For the new series, Next Class, the interior of the school set saw a major facelift. New doors were added for all classrooms, room numbers were placed on doors, classrooms were remodeled to be more modern which included new "smart-boards" and high-definition television sets (also placed throughout the hallways, cafeteria and gym), and the lockers were repainted for a more "retro" look. Several new sets were also added which include: a new student lounge room, a remodeled classroom for Digital arts, and a restaurant called "Lola's Cantina".
In Canada, the series premiered on January 4, 2016, on Family’s new teen programing block, F2N. In the United States (and internationally), first-run episodes began streaming internationally on Netflix on January 15, 2016 (excluding Canada, Australia and France). Episodes will be available on Netflix in Canada, Australia and France following the conclusion of the first season. Season two premiered on the Family Channel on July 19, 2016 and on Netflix on July 22, 2016.
In Australia, the series premiered on ABC3 on May 16, 2016. The second season immediately followed the first season on ABC3 in Australia on May 30.
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