10:40am PT by Kate Stanhope
'Degrassi: Next Class' Renewed for Second Season at Netflix
Class is back in session at Degrassi.
Netflix has ordered a second season of Degrassi: Next Class for a July premiere, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
Executive producer Stephen Sohn confirmed the renewal Monday on Twitter and announced that 10 new episodes will debut worldwide on July 22.
The streaming service first picked up the long-running teen drama just days after it was canceled by MTV in Canada. The first 20-episode season premiered in January.
Franchise creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler told THR shortly after the pickup that Netflix was the perfect outlet for a new young audience increasingly in front of their smartphone or tablet screen and caring less about appointment TV. "The audience keeps renewing itself and the fact that technology keeps changing and the way kids communicate is changing, it gives us lots of opportunities to keep the stories fresh and new," she said.
The latest incarnation of the Degrassi franchise, first launched in 1980 by Epitome Pictures, will tell the stories of Generation Z, as the young characters start their journey into adulthood, the producers said on Monday. Subjects to be tackled in Degrassi: Next Class will include homophobia, racism, substance abuse, body issues and heartbreak.
Sohn and Schuyler executive produce with Brendon Yorke, Sarah Glinski and Matt Huether.