We hadn’t heard much about the Canadian network’s plans for Degrassi: Next Class, but all has finally been revealed! If you haven’t read my post recapping the official Degrassi trailer from Netflix, click here. F2N has now released another version with some alternate clips:
There’s also an F2N network promo with more clips here.
UPDATE: F2N Also added a promo on Instagram:
Canadian and U.S. viewers WILL be on different schedules:
CANADA: Family Channel announced its new teen block will be called F2N, and it’ll be anchored by new episodes of Degrassi: Next Class Mondays – Fridays starting January 4th at 9pm. They’re basically following the telenovela format for two weeks because they’re only airing the first 10 episodes (the final 10 will air at a later date).
U.S. and WORLDWIDE: The rest of us will receive ALL 20 EPISODES of Degrassi: Next Class on Friday, January 15th (the day F2N airs episode 10).
They weren’t kidding around when they said this incarnation of Degrassi would be technology heavy, as you’ll see in the new opening credits sequence:
Stefan Brogren, Ricardo Hoyos and Sara Waisglass were on BT Toronto this morning discussing what we can expect on Next Class. There’s an on-air broadcast as well as a separate livestream where they continue the discussion.
BT Toronto On Air
* Miles is caught doing something on video
*Simpson is back
STEFAN: “It’s a little bit more hardcore, more like the older Degrassi that we haven’t been able to do in the last couple years.” (The same sentiment about the show being more intense has been pushed by every Degrassian in every Next Class interview this year. Also, Stefan throwing some slight shade at the former networks who limited what Degrassi’s been able to do in recent seasons.)
BT LIVE STREAM
*Frankie’s going through a tough time, but will meet someone who will change her life romantically (every sign in the universe pointing to Jonah)
*Zig and Maya will butt heads over their future together
*Technology drives every plot
*The new networks have given Degrassi more leverage in their storytelling
*Episode 4 features a shocking Lola plot. “This feels like old school Degrassi.”
*Most interesting storyline? SARA: Miles has “some intense stuff he deals with.” STEFAN & RICARDO: Hunter. He discovers a group of friends in the Video Game Club, a group trying to find their place at Degrassi.
*NEW CHARACTERS: Vijay is fashion forward. Baaz is straightforward, but lacks the skills to ask girls out. Yael loves video games and isn’t interested in regular classes. Esme is Miles’ love interest.
*Simpson isn’t there for a storyline, he’s there as a catalyst for the other characters.
*One word to describe Degrassi Next Class….RICARDO: “Sexy.” SARA: “Explosive.” STEFAN: “Truth.”
DEGRASSI SNEAK PEEK
F2N has posted the first 6 minutes of Degrassi: Next Class’ premiere episode, which is titled #BootyCall (Yes, that is the name of the episode). While Canadian fans can watch the sneak peek on F2N’s new website, while the rest of us can watch the sneak peek here.
A basic summary of the sneak peek:
Shay is in grade 11 chemistry, and ends up connecting with Tiny (images via dylanevz)
However, Lola tells Shay that based on Tiny’s Hastygram account activity he’s only into girls with big butts. “You have the butt of a 4-year-old boy,” Lola says.
Tristan is running for student council president and isn’t happy that he’s running against Miles. (images via lil-livesy)
There’s also some Zaya action before Frankie, Vijay and group of students walk in on them (images via sansastoneheart)
Later, Maya receives a call from a club called The Trap Door, which asks her to audition for a gig. In the scene Zig is already annoyed because he and Maya only have one class together this semester, and while he never says it his face pretty much explains that he’s worried they’ll end up never seeing each other.