A 'Degrassi' Revival Lands at HBO Max

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Thursday January 13, 2022

A "Degrassi" revival is on the way to HBO Max that will debut in 2023.

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter, WarnerMedia Kids & Family has given the revival a green light and HBO Max has acquired the U.S. rights to all 14 seasons of "Degrassi: The Next Generation," which will begin streaming this spring.

"Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling," said Amy Friedman, head of kids and family programming at Warner Bros. "WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max."

Following in the footsteps of the original series, Degrassi will follow a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart.

Serving as showrunners and executive producers on the new series include Lara Azzopardi ("The Bold Type," "Mary Kills People") and Julia Cohen ("Riverdale," "A Million Little Things"), and filming is set to begin summertime in Toronto.

WildBrain, which owns the Degrassi franchise, is producing.

"I'm delighted that our first-ever commission from HBO Max is for 'Degrassi,' a truly venerable franchise with a highly devoted and passionate audience. This is yet another evergreen property from our vast IP library that we are reviving with a fresh vision and creative-first approach," said WildBrain CEO Eric Ellenbogen.

"What excites us maybe the most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized one-hour drama," said Azzopardi and Cohen in a statement. "We're honored to be given the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back into people's homes."

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