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Miriam MacDonald as Emma in Degrassi: The Next Generation.

Think the travails of high school are worthy of a soap opera? So does the U.S. broadcaster Nickelodeon - which is ramping up Canada's Degrassi series into a prime-time telenovela format.

For its 10th season, Degrassi: The Next Generation will be modelled on the Spanish-language soap operas that are hugely popular south of the border, doubling the number of episodes in their season so fans don't have to wait to find out whether, say, Dave will finally ask Jenna out, or if Snake is still around.

The idea was prompted by Nickelodeon's TeenNick, one of the U.S. broadcasters of the series. But Canadian fans will also be getting more teen angst next season - and it's a natural evolution for a show that just can't seem to get enough airtime.

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Degrassi junkies have already seen a spike in the number of episodes (from the usual 13 to 15 to more than 23) as well as two specials ( Degrassi Goes Hollywood and Degrassi's New York TV movie).All we need now? How about Degrassi: The Channel.



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