U.S. stations get ‘Degrassi’

Teen soap will hit airwaves in 2007

Canuck teen skein “Degrassi: The Next Generation” has been sold into syndication Stateside.

Anchored by Tribune Broadcasting, skein will launch in 60% of U.S. households in the fall of 2007. Other station groups that will be airing “Degrassi” are Belo, Clear Channel, Granite, Gray, Hubbard, Pegasus Groups and the CW PLUS stations.

“Degrassi: The Next Generation” is a dramatic half-hour that tackles issues such as pregnancy and homosexuality frankly and in a non-patronizing manner. Now in its sixth season, “Degrassi: The Next Generation” first aired on CTV in 2001.

Its storyline and some of the characters originated in “Degrassi Junior High,” (1987) and “The Kids of Degrassi Street” (1982).

Previously “Degrassi: The Next Generation” was available in the U.S. only on digital cabler N.

The series has a huge and loyal international fan base, including director Kevin Smith (“Clerks”), who has guest-starred on the show.

“Degrassi” airs in more than 150 countries.