The assumption was that this promo would confirm a premiere date for Degrassi 14B, but unfortunately it doesn’t. The networks wait until about 2 1/2 – 3 weeks at the latest to start promoting a new block of episodes, so unless TeenNick randomly drops a promo this week with a confirmed date, Degrassi’s chances at an April return are pretty much dead now. Since the promo says “spring premiere,” just assume Degrassi is returning at some point in May.
This 14B promo doesn’t reveal too much new stuff, but the biggest change we’ve seen so far is the introduction of a new principal:
All we know is she isn’t playing games, and she’s about to crack down on the students at Degrassi (thankfully no school uniforms, a la season 10). I jumped on tumblr for a hot minute to notice people shocked that Snake is no longer in charge, but let’s be real here:
1) He wasn’t all that good of a principal. I LOVE Snake, but a lot of crazy stuff has gone down since Snake’s tenure began in season 10 (hazing, the events of “All Falls Down,” Degrassi Nudes), and he doesn’t necessarily display strong leadership qualities (ex: watch his behavior when confronted by Becky’s mom at the PTA meeting in Firestarter, Pt. 1).
2) It’s not like we didn’t see this coming eventually. Honestly, I expected this to happen much sooner. Simpson’s onscreen role has gradually decreased as Stefan Brogren’s behind-the-scenes responsibilities have increased over the years. Stefan started from the bottom, producing and directing the webisodes, and now he’s here producing and directing the actually Degrassi series. He’s also in the same role for Epitome’s other series, Open Heart. As iconic as Snake’s character is to the Degrassi universe, his generic appearances on the show are almost a waste of Stefan’s time.