[02/20/15 - 11:57 PM] Development Update: Friday, February 20 Updates include: MTV passes on "Self Promotion"; Laurie Holden heads to "Chicago Med" at NBC; and Morris Chestnut set as lead on FOX's "Rosewood."
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ADDITIONAL NOTES: renewed through the 2015-16 season (the show's 15th) on 6/9/15
DESCRIPTION: (from Netflix's press release, June 2015) Netflix announced today Degrassi: Next Class, the newest generation of the Degrassi franchise, will be coming to Netflix around the world in 2016. The series will be available to all its members outside of Canada, France and Australia. "We are so excited to bring Degrassi: Next Class to the world," said Erik Barmack, Vice President of global content at Netflix. "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." Keeping true to the spirit of the Degrassi franchise, which generations have known and loved since 1980, Degrassi: Next Class is a pull-no-punches dramatic series that tackles the real-life issues of high school students. Telling the stories of "Generation Z," the series focuses on a group of teens as they begin their journey into adulthood. Pushing their own limits and testing the bonds of family and friends, the students each find their own way to deal with a range of issues: from homophobia, racism, substance abuse and violence to burgeoning sexuality, body issues, heartbreak and the complications of dating in the social media age. The series strives to entertain its post-millennial audience while always reinforcing its core principle: You are not alone. Returning cast: Eric Osborne, Ana Golja, Andre Kim, Richard Walters, Olivia Scriven, Ricardo Hoyos, Nikki Gould, Lyle Lettau