Welcome to the Ponyville milestone edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report. Here’s what’s topping today!
Last week, MTV Canada said farewell to the Teen Nick hit Degrassi. It appeared to be the last the viewers saw of the cast. Then from out of nowhere, Netflix saved the show from permanent cancellation. Has the Degrassi cast been spared from being on TV for too long Johnny?
Johnny Trout (via The Hollywood Reporter)- Just days after its cancellation in Canada on MTV, Degrassi has found a new life on Netflix.
“Degrassi graduates to Netflix. Meet the Next Class, coming in 2016,” the U.S. video streamer said Tuesday on its Twitter account. Netflix and Canada’s Family Channel have ordered 20 episodes of Degrassi: Next Class, the latest incarnation of the franchise from Canadian indie producer Epitome Pictures.
“And now the rest of the story… Degrassi signs to Family Channel in Canada and worldwide on Netflix, Degrassi: Next Class debuts early 2016,” Stephen Stohn, executive producer of the Degrassi franchise along with Linda Schuyler, tweeted Tuesday.
Netflix will become the worldwide home for Degrassi: Next Class, excluding Canada, Australia and France, where the series will stream on Netflix at later dates. The new series will continue to be shot in Toronto.
The latest incarnation of the Degrassi franchise, first launched in 1980 by Epitome Pictures, will tell the stories of Generation Z, the producers said Tuesday, as the young characters start their journey into adulthood. Subjects to be tackled in Degrassi: Next Class will include homophobia, racism, substance abuse, body issues and heartbreak.
“The series strives to entertain its post-millennial audience, while always reinforcing its core principle: You are not alone,” the producers said in a statement. Degrassi has aired on TeenNick in the U.S. and is licensed in more than 140 territories around the world.
The series has also been licensed to Amazon Prime for streaming in the U.S. market. The 14th and final season of Degrassi on MTV in Canada debuts on July 20.
Netflix is also currently streaming another Canadian teen drama, Between, which stars Jennette McCurdy and which airs on City north of the border.
Season 7 featured the return of the Mane 6 as they went on an important mission to find other ponies with the same personalities as such. A few episodes later, the show was about to reach an important achievement this weekend. As of this Saturday Dan, has Ponyville reached the centennial episode?
Dan Barry (via Animation World)- Get ready for a Ponyville celebration like no other as My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the beloved series created by Hasbro Studios, commemorates its 100th episode milestone. Full of fun surprises, true friendship and music, this special milestone episode airs on Saturday, June 13 at 11:30 AM EDT (10:30 AM CDT), only on Discovery Family Channel — the smart entertainment choice for families.
This special features a first-time spotlight on several supporting cast characters, as Ponyville’s favorite residents — Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, and Rarity — are busy protecting their community from a surprise attack. Meanwhile, as everyone prepares for Cranky and Matilda’s highly anticipated wedding celebration, an invitation printing error forces last-minute changes, sending Mathilda’s loyal Ponyville pals — a group of rarely seen and never-before-heard ponies — scrambling to rearrange everything for the nuptials.
Focusing on teamwork and putting their best hooves forward, the ponies work hard to make Cranky and Matilda’s wedding extra special — with Octavia and DJ Pon-3 even producing a musical “Wedding Mashup” sure to delight fans. Complete with special guest appearances, the entire Ponyville community will come together in the spirit of everlasting love.
“The My Little Pony brand has taught fans of all ages about the power of friendship for more than 30 years through socially relevant messages of acceptance and kindness,” said Hasbro chief content officer Stephen Davis. “What a great celebration it will be with our 100th episode of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic — chock full of special character appearances, great music and lots of story surprises. In the words of Rainbow Dash, it’s going to be ‘Truly Awesome!’”
“100 episodes of any series is a tremendous accomplishment, validating its popularity and pop culture permanence,” said Tom Cosgrove, General Manager of Discovery Family. “Over the years My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic has established itself as a series for the entire family with its loveable characters, engrossing storylines and relatable themes. This extra special tribute salutes the series’ amazing cast of both central and supporting ponies, and sets the stage for more exciting surprises to come.”
With the Angry Birds set for stardom in the box office next year, the pig bashing birdies have been through a lot of endorsements lately in pop culture in games such as the team up with Rio and the Star Wars franchise. However, their next one involves the powerful system that can help give them the upper beak. What’s their next product placement Dan?
Dan Barry (via Animation World (continued))- Rovio, makers of Angry Birds, the most downloaded mobile game ever, has announced a partnership with The LEGO Group to develop a line of construction toys. LEGO Angry Birds will be available in spring 2016 to coincide with the release of The Angry Birds Movie, a full-length feature film based on the popular gaming franchise.
“The LEGO brand has an unparalleled ability to connect with people through products that spark creativity and imagination,” said Rovio CEO Pekka Rantala. “We’re really excited to build experiences together with this amazing best-in-class partner.”
“We are excited to bring Angry Birds to life in LEGO form, given the popularity of the game and its characters with fans of all ages, which will only be amplified by the forthcoming film,” said Jill Wilfert, Vice President, licensing & entertainment at The LEGO Group. “We seek partnership with globally relevant properties that offer a unique and rewarding play experience to our fans, and our designers are having fun developing building sets that leverage the engaging play and deconstruction found in the Angry Birds game.”
Further details about the collection, available in spring of 2016, are not yet available.
Checking the Penguins tally, 1,587 fans sign in as Team Skipper eyes a possible blockbuster that could change the box office for the rest of the summer.
All eyes are on Jurassic World this week as the Dino’s make their return to the box office since 1997. With a 287 million smacker head start, will they be able to stomp towards the top and crush worldwide box office records in the process? The answer will shock you to see if Universal can bag themselves another win like Pitch Perfect 2 did a few weekends ago. In the meantime, check back for another edition of Gene Scallop’s entertainment report.