Technically it’s been confirmed for a while, but this whole situation has been so out of the ordinary it was hard to believe it was actually happening. Australia will be the first in the world to broadcast Degrassi: Next Class Season 2 on Monday, May 30 (Memorial Day here in the U.S.). And for the first time ever, Australia is the largest blip on the Degrassi fandom’s radar.
The hope is that Australia will release a Season 2 promo at some point between now and Monday’s broadcast, but as of now it seems unlikely according to a response on their Facebook page:
So what in the hell has been happening?
*Australian network ABC3 started airing Season 1 of Next Class on Monday, May 16.
*A couple of days later, Degrassi Source broke the news that both ABC3 and service provider Foxtel were posting Season 2 episode descriptions (all 10 are now available). They also started listing their broadcast schedule for Season 2, with the premiere date set for Monday, May 30.
If you’ve been a member of fandom for a lengthy period of time then you know networks eventually find a way to accidentally leak Degrassi stuff, so of course that was the first assumption here. There’s also the fact Family Channel has first-run rights for the series in some capacity…so that should apply worldwide, right?
Thanks to a Degrassi fan (who wanted to stay anonymous) for providing an e-mail from ABCTV:
So, unlike the rest of the world, Australia decided to air all 20 episodes at once. This is pretty wild, and I’m not sure what to tell ya. Netflix will still stream Season 2 worldwide for every country under their deal on Friday, July 22.
We still haven’t heard anything about when Season 2 will be released on Family Channel in Canada (still assume that it will air on Family at some point before the season is released on Netflix, with a likely date being Monday, July 11).
Monday, May 30: Ep 201, #SquadGoals
Tuesday, May 31: Ep 202, #TurnItUp
Wednesday, June 1: Ep 203, #CheckYourPrivilege
Thursday, June 2: Ep 204, #BuyMePizza
Friday, June 3: Ep 205, #ThrowbackThursday
Monday, June 6: Ep 206, #ToMyFutureSelf
Tuesday, June 7: Ep 207, #ThatAwkwardMomentWhen
Wednesday, June 8: Ep 208, #RiseAndGrind
Thursday, June 9: Ep 209, #TheseAreMyConfessions
Friday, June 10: Ep 210, #OMFG
Will there be livestreams?
As much as I want to I can’t destroy my sleep schedule for 2 solid weeks, but for you brave souls in the Western hemisphere if you go to Tumblr
you can find them they will find you (If you’re a non-Australian fan planning on watching streams, for the love of God please also support the show by watching it on Family Channel/Netflix this summer, where your viewership actually counts toward determining the show’s future.).
What about promos for the next two weeks?
According to Degrassi Source’s Australian sources, they tend not to air episodic promos down under.
Will you review the episodes?
Not now…I’m not going to discuss season 2 episode details or post episode reviews until Family/Netflix roll out the episodes this summer.