TORONTO (June 4, 2015) – MTV announced today that after 14 incredible seasons, the iconic original Canadian series DEGRASSI is ending its run on MTV following the 14th season finale. Since Bell Media’s partnership with Epitome Pictures began in 2001, DEGRASSI has won 19 Gemini Awards, 10 Canadian Screen Awards, two Teen Choice Awards, a Peabody Award, and has received three Emmy® Award nominations. Featuring 12, half-hour episodes, Season 14B of DEGRASSI premieres Monday, July 20 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV. Viewers can also catch up on the first half of Season 14 now on MTV.ca, and Season 12 and 13 on CraveTV.
“Thank you to Linda Schuyler and Stephen Stohn, and all the cast and crew at Epitome Pictures for delivering Bell Media with 14 years of creative and engaging content that truly captured the spirit of Canadian youth through truthful and provocative stories,” said Phil King, President – CTV, Sports, and Entertainment Programming. “We are immensely proud of DEGRASSI, and our longstanding partnership with Linda and Stephen. We wish the entire Epitome team the best of luck, and look forward to working with them again in the future.”
DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION was green-lit by CTV in early 2001 and premiered on October 14, 2001 on CTV with a one-hour reunion episode featuring classic DEGRASSI and NEXT GENERATION cast members. The show quickly became the most-watched series among young viewers on the network. After nine successful seasons on CTV, DEGRASSI moved to its new home on Much for its 10th season premiere. Reaching an average of 1.4 million viewers every week, DEGRASSI quickly became the #1 series in the history of Much for P12 – 34 viewers. Thirteen years after the debut of the latest incarnation, the hit franchise showed no signs of slowing down. Season 13D of DEGRASSI, which aired on both MTV and Much, averaged 100,000 P12-34 viewers, achieving its most impressive audience in three seasons. DEGRASSI is licensed in over 145 markets – including the U.S. (TeenNick), U.K., Italy, France, Colombia, Venezuela, Korea, Australia, Brazil, and Zimbabwe.
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