Degrassi: The Next Generation Season 7 premieres Jan 10, 2008

Degrassi’ returns to CTV on Jan. 10, 2008

Updated Fri. Dec. 21 2007 1:05 PM ET

Rival students from Lakehurst high invade the halls of Degrassi Community School in the new season of “Degrassi: The Next Generation.”

The Gemini Award-winning series debuts with a two episodes on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8 and 8:30 p.m. ET on CTV.

“The evolution of ‘Degrassi’ continues with the addition of talented young Canadian actors to its already strong cast,” says Susanne Boyce, President, Creative, Content and Channels, CTV Inc.

“With new faces and relevant storylines, ‘Degrassi’ season seven holds true to the colourful and entertaining stories that our audiences have come to expect from this groundbreaking series.”

Following the premiere, “Degrassi” moves into its regular timeslot on Mondays at 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 14.

But before that, the series is counting down its “Top 10 Hottest Episodes of All Time” weeknights on CTV until Dec. 31 at 7 p.m. ET.

The countdown began on Dec. 18 with “Venus, Part 1,” where Manny appears topless on camera, and continued Wednesday with “Redemption Song,” where Spinner was forced to choose between his rebellious friends and a relationship without sex.

At the top of each “Top 10” episode, Tanya Kim hosts eTalk “sneak peeks” with “Degrassi” cast members Aubrey Graham (Jimmy Brooks), Nina Dobrev (Mia Jones) and Shenae Grimes (Darcy Edwards) that provide insight into that night’s episode and the season seven premiere.

This new season features 24 brand new episodes and picks up where season six left off – in the middle of a tumultuous school year.

The premiere is entitled “Standing in the Dark.” The students of “Degrassi” face old enemies and new friends as a flux of transfer students flows into the school. Meanwhile, Darcy feels like her life is pulled in two different directions and ends up in a difficult situation.

“With the infusion of the new students from neighbouring Lakehurst High into Degrassi this season, our writers and actors have been able to keep the storylines as fresh as they were in season one,” said Linda Schuyler, Executive Producer and CEO, Epitome Pictures Inc.

“From date rape to dealing with cancer, I am very proud of how the series continues to tackle the tough issues that teens are confronting every day.”

Eight actors join the cast of “Degrassi” this season, including:

* Raymond Ablack (“The Lion King”) as Sav, the tall and attractive, but nave teen who has some growing up to do.

* Charlotte Arnold (“Naturally, Sadie”) as Holly J., the heir to the popular girl’s throne.

* Paula Brancati (“Dark Oracle”) as Jane, who likes to be as close to mortal danger as she can be while still living to brag about it.

* Mazin Elsadig (“The Perfect Man”) as Damian, Lakehurst’s resident overachieving academic and Student Council President.

* Marc Minardi (“Ace Lightning”) as Lucas, whose recreational pursuits find him at odds with either school authorities or the law.

* Samantha Munro (“Would Be Kings”) as Anya, who somehow ended up in the cool crowd when school began.

* Scott Paterson (“Knights of South Bronx”) as Johnny, the street-wise bully.

* Nathaniel Stephenson (“Heartstopper”) as Griffin, the music producing, event-planning in-the-know kind of guy.


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