Hit Teen Show “Degrassi” Coming To An End!
It is a sad day for “Degrassi” fans, young and old as it has been announced that, after fourteen seasons, the show has been canceled. The hit Canadian teen show originally started in the late seventies and changed up for the eighties/early nineties and was a fan favorite, dealing with taboo subjects like teen pregnancy. The result of the original shows teen pregnancy was Emma who took over about a decade later when Nickelodeon brought back “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Many of the original stars popped up over the years but the cast continued to change and grow with the times.
In season three, the show dealt with teen pregnancy again but this time, the character of Manny opted for an abortion. Among other issues the show dealt with were rape, school shootings, transgender characters, gay/lesbian situations and many more. It seemed that everyone was growing up with “Degrassi” and with all the success, it is now time to say good-bye. The show launched the careers of Shenae Grimes-Beech (“90210”) and Drake who played wheel-chair bound Jimmy and went by the name Aubrey Drake Graham. “Few producers are as blessed as we have been, working with so many talented and creative individuals at TeenNick for 14 seasons of Degrassi; including 385 episodes and over 100 pieces of original short-form web content.
“We thank all those at TeenNick who have worked so hard over the years to help us create a television series that changes with the times and continues to authentically connect and interact with the youth audience,” Stephen Stohn said. He was in the original cast then went on to the new generation as well as went behind the camera. The show will start off a two-week run with a memorial tribute to the show and then a one- hour finale on July 31st. And then it becomes a thing of the past. But it was really a coming-of-age show and I am sure that the cast is proud of the work that they have done. Long Live Degrassi.