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'Degrassi' Goes Telenovela This Summer on TeenNick

by Rich Keller, posted Jul 12th 2010 7:00PM
For its 10th season,TeenNick will air new episodes of 'Degrassi' Monday thru ThursdayFor years -- nay decades -- U.S. fans of the Canadian-produced 'Degrassi' series of television shows have only been able to grab new episodes when available on their local public television stations and, most recently, TeenNick.

Despite this piecemeal distribution, the show has gained quite the following. That being said, the most recent announcement on the upcoming season will be music to their ears.

Variety is reporting the 10th season of 'Degrassi,' which will premiere on July 19 in the U.S. on TeenNick, will shift to a Monday to Thursday telenovela-style format. After the two-hour TV movie titled 'The Heat is On,' the series will air nightly at 9PM ET for six weeks. On Fridays, TeenNick will present a two-hour encore of the week's shows from 9 to 11PM.

While a popular format elsewhere, the primetime telenovela has never gained popularity in the U.S. When MyNetwork TV replaced UPN and WB networks in 2006, their schedule consisted of telenovelas that ran in 13-week periods. While original programming ran nightly from Monday to Friday, the concept didn't hit with viewers and the telenovelas disappeared a few months later.

In 2008, HBO tried the telenovela concept with 'In Treatment,' which ran Monday thru Friday during its first season. By the second season it was reduced to four weekly episodes that were spread across two nights.

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