Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'Degrassi' Season 14 Premieres October 28 With New Cast Additions Amanda Acuri, Reiya Downs, Devyn Nekoda, Ehren Kassam


Breakups, breakdowns and scandals fill the halls of Degrassi Community School in season 14 of TeenNick's award-winning hit series Degrassi premiering Tuesday, October 28, at 9 p.m. (ET). In the new season, the students of Degrassi are in recovery mode after last season's super storm hit the city. Four new cast members will get a fresh start while familiar faces tackle complicated challenges at home and at school. This season addresses many issues that are relevant and relatable to today's teens including depression, social media, teen pregnancy and relationships. New episodes of Degrassi will air every Tuesday at 9 p.m. (ET) on TeenNick.

Fans will get a sneak peek of the new season with the premiere of a Degrassi music video airing Tuesday, September 30, at 9 p.m. (ET) on TeenNick. Set to a contemporary remake of the Smashing Pumpkins' classic "Tonight, Tonight" by indie pop group Passion Pit, the video is filled with clues for fans to dissect and vignettes with hints to multiple storylines that will unfold throughout the season.

New cast members in season 14 are:

Lola Pacini, Grade 9 (Amanda Acuri) - Bubbly and excitable, Lola is a boy-crazy cheerleader with colorful hair and a vibrant personality that is hard to miss in the halls of Degrassi. Lola's closest friends are Shay and Frankie.

Shaylynn "Shay" Powers, Grade 9 (Reiya Downs) - Shay loves playing sports and is determined to be the best athlete. She aims high in school and her standards also extend to boys. There is only one guy she has eyes for, but Shay may have a rude awakening when she realizes that she can't always get what she wants.

Arlene Takahashi, Grade 9 (Devyn Nekoda) - Arlene is a quintessential nerd that is sometimes tucked away at Degrassi wearing elf ears and reading comics. Often picked on by the cheerleaders, she is the antithesis of Zoe and Lola and she's fine with it.

Jonah Haak, Grade 11 (Ehren Kassam) - After getting into some bad situations, Jonah has seen the light and he's ready to make some friends who share his strong faith at Degrassi. He gave up all his vices, but he's kept the rock 'n' roll.

Degrassi is a fictional, dramatic television series that tackles tough teen issues in a realistic way. The internationally acclaimed series is a three-time Emmy-nominee and the winner of a Television Critics Association Award, the Peabody Award and two Teen Choice Awards in addition to many others. Heralded as the most authentic teen drama on television, Degrassi explores an interesting group of adolescents and young adults experiencing the trials and tribulations of teendom at Degrassi Community School. In its fourteenth season, the series follows Clare (Aislinn Paul), Drew (Luke Bilyk), Miles (Eric Osborne), Eli (Munro Chambers), Alli (Melinda Shankar), Becky (Sarah Fisher), Zoe (Ana Golia), Grace (Nikki Gould), Imogen (Christine Prosperi), Connor (A.J. Saudin), Zig (Ricardo Hoyos), Mike (Demetrius Joyette), Winston (Andre Kim), Tristan (Lyle Lettau), Maya (Olivia Scriven), Jenna (Jessica Tyler), Frankie (Sara Waisglass) Hunter (Spencer Macpherson) and Jack (Niamh Wilson). Season 14 includes the addition of 4 new students - Lola (Amanda Arcuri), Shay (Reiya Downs), Jonah (Ehren Kassam) and Arlene (Devyn Nekoda).

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