The Degrassi Seniors Don Caps and Gowns on the 100th Episode of The N's Hit Teen Series

Two-Part Degrassi Season Five Finale Premieres Friday, June 2 as Lead-In to The Premiere of The N’s New Series Beyond The Break
The-N.com to Sneak Peek The Highly Anticipated Finale on Friday, June 2
*(Tapes and Color Art Available Upon Request)

NEW YORK, May 15 /PRNewswire/ — The Degrassi seniors are graduating and the halls are brimming with break-ups, hook-ups and reunions — all before the final school bell rings. The N, the nighttime network for teens, premieres a special two-part, season five finale of the hit drama Degrassi: The Next Generation Friday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. (ET). The second part, which marks the series’ 100th episode featuring the first-ever graduation, premieres Friday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. (ET). Degrassi airs regularly on The N every Friday night at 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. (ET).

“Graduation is a huge milestone in all teen’s lives, and we couldn’t be more excited to bring this highly anticipated finale to the millions of Degrassi fans who have been waiting to see the outcome of this season,” says Sarah Lindman, Vice President, Production & Programming, The N.

Part one of the finale will air Friday, June 2 at 8:00 p.m. (ET), preceding the premiere of The N’s new series Beyond the Break (8:30 p.m. ET). In the episode, “High Fidelity, Part One,” it’s the end of another school year and Darcy’s faith in her boyfriend, Spinner, is being put to the test as she grapples with the harsh reality of teen romance — jealousy and trust. Spinner isn’t exactly forthright about his sexual history and opts to leave Darcy in the dark about the truth. But when Darcy finds out about Spinner’s past sexual escapades, she will have to make the decision whether to forgive and forget.

In “High Fidelity, Part Two,” premiering Friday, June 9 at 8:00 p.m. (ET), graduation wouldn’t be complete without some old couples reuniting. Spinner, reeling from his recent break-up with Darcy, considers reconnecting with someone from his past. Meanwhile, Darcy regrets her fight with Spinner and pines for his attention in hopes of mending their relationship.

On Friday, June 2, The N will sneak peek an exclusive, one-minute Degrassi clip at 8:25 p.m. (ET) at http://www.the-n.com, highlighting upcoming story lines and key moments in support of the Degrassi season five finale.

Viewers can also log online for exclusive content, including: Degrassi Minis, candid ‘IMterviews’ with the senior class and flipbooks with photos of the past five years. Online fans will also be able to test their Degrassi knowledge with quizzes, as well as Degrassi-themed avatar accessories and secret avatars.

Degrassi: The Next Generation, winner of both a Television Critics Association Award and a Teen Choice Summer Series Award, is a fictional, dramatic series that tackles tough issues in a realistic way. This spring Degrassi delves into topics including: eating disorders, teen pregnancy, religion and cheating. Degrassi introduces a new generation of kids going through the trials and tribulations of adolescence in the 21st century at the newly refurbished Degrassi Community School. The series follows Emma (Miriam McDonald), Ashley (Melissa McIntyre), Paige (Lauren Collins), Manny (Cassie Steele), Ellie (Stacey Farber), Craig (Jake Epstein), Jimmy (Aubrey Graham), Hazel (Andrea Lewis), Liberty (Sarah Barrable-Tishauer), Spinner (Shane Kippel), Marco (Adamo Ruggiero), Toby (Jake Goldsbie), J.T. (Ryan Cooley), Jay (Mike Lobel), Alex (Deanna Casaluce), Darcy (Shenae Grimes) and Peter (Jamie Johnston) as they journey through high school.

Parent discussion guides are available for Degrassi: The Next Generation on http:\discussions.the-n.com. The episode-specific guides offer parents tips and questions about the issues raised in Degrassi to use as discussion starters with young adolescents.

Epitome Pictures and its affiliate companies have been producing quality Canadian programming since 1976, including the multi-award winning, internationally recognized Degrassi franchise, The Kids of Degrassi Street, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High, which still air throughout the world. Epitome Pictures has also produced the series Liberty Street and Riverdale, as well as several MOWs. For more information, please visit http://www.epitomepictures.com.

The N, the nighttime network for teens, is a programming arm of MTV Networks and is currently available in 49 million households via cable, digital cable and satellite television. The N’s mission is to be the authentic voice for teens and help them figure out their lives with relevant, topical programming on-air and online at the network’s web site http://www.the-n.com. The N airs everyday from 6:00 p.m. to 6:00 a.m. (ET). The N and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom International Inc.

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