Rumors of a certain Canadian teen soap’s death have been greatly exaggerated.
Last week, word broke that Degrassi would end its 14-year-run on TeenNick this July. As EW initially reported, though, that didn’t mean Degrassi Community School was closing its doors for good: The series’ producers planned to transfer it to another to-be-announced broadcaster.
Now that broadcaster has been revealed: Both Netflix and Canada’s Family Channel will air 20 new episodes of Degrassi starting in early 2016. What’s more, the latest version of the show is also gaining a new subtitle: Next Class. “We are energized and excited to work with Family Channel as we tell stories for the new post-millennial teen cohort known as Generation Z, most of whom weren’t even born when Degrassi returned in 2001,” said Degrassi co-creator and executive producer Linda Schuyler in a statement.
Netflix, too, is looking forward to airing the series in countries worldwide: “We are so excited to bring Degrassi: Next Class to the world,” Erik Barmack, Vice President of global content at Netflix said in a statement. “For more than three decades, this groundbreaking show has been reaching teens with important stories and starting in 2016 our members around the world will be able to enjoy and discover the newest chapter of this great show.”
Members of the show’s mammoth cast who will reprise their roles in Next Class include—deep breath—Amanda Arcuri as Lola Pacini; Reiya Downs as Shay Powers; Ana Golja as Zoe Rivas; Nikki Gould as Grace Cardinal; Ricardo Hoyos as Zig Novak; Ehren Kassam as Jonah Haak; Andre Kim as Winston Chu; Lyle Lettau as Tristan Milligan; Spencer Macpherson as Hunter Hollingsworth; Eric Osborne as Miles Hollingsworth III; Olivia Scriven as Maya Matlin; Sara Waisglass as Frankie Hollingsworth; and Richard Walters as Deon “Tiny” Bell.
They’re part of a long, proud history that stretches back a full 35 years, when the first iteration of the Degrassi franchise (called The Kids of Degrassi Street) first hit Canadian television. The latest version of Degrassi, initially titled Degrassi: The Next Generation, has aired 485 episodes and is the longest-running dramatic TV series in Canadian history.