Heartbreak Strikes DEGRASSI in Gripping Two-Part Return Beginning Feb. 15, Exclusively on MuchMusic # # # Powerful Episode Inspi

— February 6, 2013


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TORONTO (February 6, 2013) – The halls of DEGRASSI will never be the same. MuchMusic’s #1 Original Canadian Series DEGRASSI is back with an emotional two-part episode beginning Friday, Feb. 15 at 9 p.m. ET. Continuing to break taboos and push boundaries, Bitter Sweet Symphony, Part One features a dramatic story arc that concludes in one of the most emotional and shocking episodes in recent memory with Bitter Sweet Symphony, Part Two, airing Friday, Feb. 22 at 9 p.m. ET. To help viewers process the impact of the episode, MuchMusic has commissioned the new half-hour special, MUCHTALKS: DEGRASSI, to air immediately following Part Two at 9:30 p.m. ET. Featuring members of the DEGRASSI cast and a panel of experts, the MUCHTALKSspecial offers a platform for viewers engage in a discussion about the events that transpire in the episodes. Viewers at home can get involved in the conversation atmuchmusic.com/muchtalks, and follow the #MuchTalks live chat @MuchMusic on Twitter.

** Media Note **– Download photos for DEGRASSI atbellmediapr.ca/muchmusic

In Bitter Sweet Symphony, Parts One and Two, it’s a new semester, but Cam’s hesitant about coming back to Degrassi after an amazing week at home. Dallas wants a date with a reluctant Alli and makes it his mission to win her over. A major turn of events for Eli brings back things past.

DEGRASSI was recently nominated for Outstanding Drama Series at the upcoming 24th Annual GLAAD Media Awards and received six nominations at the 2013 Canadian Screen Awards.

DEGRASSI is produced by Epitome Pictures (THE L.A. COMPLEX, INSTANT STAR) in association with MuchMusic/CTV. The series was co-created by Linda Schuyler, co-producer of the original DEGRASSI series and Yan Moore. Schuyler and Stephen Stohn serve as Executive Producers. Sarah Glinski executive produces. Distribution company for the series is Echo Bridge Entertainment. For Bell Media, Gosia Kamela and Mike Richardson are Production Executives. Trish Williams is Director, Drama, Independent Production. Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Neil Staite is Vice-President and General Manager, Music and Entertainment. Catherine MacLeod is Vice-President, Specialty Channels. Rick Brace is President, Specialty Channels and CTV Production, and Phil King is President, CTV Programming and Sports.

About Bell Media Independent Production
Bell Media has commissioned and co-produced some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, while working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit CTV series include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE and THE LISTENER, and the recently concluded game changer FLASHPOINT. New for 2013 on CTV are the drama series MOTIVE and PLAYED (working title), relationship comedy SATISFACTION, THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, a Canadian-produced, complementary version of the hit international series, and a pilot for the half-hour comedy SPUN OUT. Scripted series on Bell Media specialty channels include two-time Emmy®-nominated hit DEGRASSI, mythological/action series PRIMEVAL: NEW WORLD, and the upcoming dramas ORPHAN BLACK and BITTEN. In total, Bell Media ordered 26 new original Canadian series in 2012, and put 35 scripted projects into development.

About MuchMusic
As the No. 1 Canadian brand for young adults, MuchMusic is the go-to channel for all things pop-culture, delivering excitement through exclusive live events, interviews with leading musicians and celebrities, and the biggest scripted series. From the MUCHMUSIC VIDEO AWARDS to its industry-leading online and social media outreach, including online at MuchMusic.com, on Twitter @MuchMusic and on Facebook – with more than 1.25 million likes and counting, MuchMusic continues to deliver on its promise of bringing fans that Much closer to their idols. Much spotlights homegrown talent through original productions including DEGRASSI, THE L.A. COMPLEX, NEW.MUSIC.LIVE. and VIDEO ON TRIAL and supports the Canadian music video production industry with its annual, multi-million dollar contribution to MuchFACT. Much is available in 9.2 million households across Canada via cable, satellite, and mobile. Much is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company.

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For more information:
Nicola Krishna, 416.384.5276 or nicola.krishna@bellmedia.ca

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