Before Euphoria, Gossip Girl, Pretty Little Liars, and all of the other high school-based teen dramedies we now know and love, there was Degrassi. The Canadian series, which served as the introduction for stars like Drake and Cassie Steele, is headed to HBO Max for a reboot.
According to Variety, the streaming service has greenlit a revival and secured the rights for all 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Originally created in 1979, the Toronto-based series garnered international acclaim for its Degrassi: The Next Generation, which aired from 2001 to 2015. The series was revived again in 2016 with Degrassi: Next Class, which ended in 2017.
The franchise is owned by WildBrain, whose president Josh Scherba dished, “Now in its fourth decade, ‘Degrassi’ is one of those beloved evergreen properties that demand to be refreshed for each new generation,” in a statement to Variety.
Known for highlighting stories that are relevant to teens from all walks of life, I can only imagine what a new era of Degrassi will bring. Until then, here’s everything we know about the HBO Max Degrassi reboot.
When will it air?
Degrassi will make its HBO Max debut in 2023.
Has it begun filming?
The new series will film in Toronto in summer 2022.
How many episodes will there be?
According to Variety, there will be 10, hour-long episodes that showcase “the painful high school experience of self-discovery by following a group of Toronto students and faculty coping with events that both bring them together and tear them apart.”
Will any of the show’s original cast star in the new series?
Fans online have their fingers crossed that the cast of Next Generation, who recently celebrated its 20th anniversary, will appear in the new show, however, there has not been an official cast announcement.
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