Degrassi is coming to HBO Max in 2023 after WarnerMedia orders a new series based on the franchise

Degrassi is getting a reboot on HBO Max.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, WarnerMedia Kids & Family has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of a new revival series based on the hit Canadian franchise. 

Lara Azzopardi (The Bold Type) and Julia Cohen (Riverdale) will serve as showrunners and executive producers for the next iteration of Degrassi, which will debut in 2023 on the streaming platform and air on the Cartoon Network at a later date. 

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New chapter: Degrassi is getting a reboot on HBO Max it was revealed on Thursday

Rising to stardom: The show also launched the careers of Drake (pictured here), Nina Dobrev and Shenae Grimes among others

WarnerMedia also announced that it had acquired the licensing rights to all 14 seasons of Degrassi: Next Generation, which will be made available to subscribers for streaming this spring. 

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In a joint statement, Azzopardi and Cohen said, ‘What excites us maybe the most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized one-hour drama.

‘We’re honored to be given the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back into people’s homes.’ 

Reboot: According to The Hollywood Reporter, WarnerMedia Kids & Family has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of a new revival series based on the hit Canadian franchise

In a synopsis, HBO Max said that the new show will be set in Toronto and ‘explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart.’    

‘A reprise of the original teen drama, Degrassi is a character-driven series about the high school experience and the thrilling, often painful journey of self-discovery.’   

‘The show travels deep into the hearts and homes of diverse, complicated characters, as they struggle to find their new normal, reaching for hope, redemption and love.’

Drama: In a synopsis, HBO Max said that the new show will be set in Toronto and ‘explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart’

Canadian entertainment company WildBrain, which owns the rights to the Degrassi franchise, is producing the new show.  

Head of Kids and Family Programming at Warner Bros. Amy Friedman said, ‘Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling.

‘WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max.’  

‘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,’ WildBrain CEO Eric Ellenbogen stated.

The beginning: The Degrassi franchise was launched in 1980 with the debut of the children’s show Kids of Degrassi Street, which followed a group of children who lived on Toronto’s Degrassi Street

‘This is yet another evergreen property from our vast IP library that we are reviving with a fresh vision and creative-first approach.’

The Degrassi franchise was launched in 1980 with the debut of the children’s show Kids of Degrassi Street, which followed a group of children who lived on Toronto’s Degrassi Street.

The show’s successor Degrassi Junior High ran from 1987 to 1989. The same cast then reprised their roles as high schoolers in the sequel series Degrassi High, which aired from 1989 to 1991.

Degrassi: The Next Generation premiered in 2001 and featured a new ensemble cast of teenagers. 

The award-winning series was a ratings hit in both Canada and the United States and ran for 14 seasons until its conclusion in 2015. 

The show also launched the careers of Drake, Nina Dobrev and Shenae Grimes among others.

In 2016, a sequel series titled Degrassi: Next Class, which followed both original Degrassi: The Next Generation characters and new characters, debuted on Canada’s Family channel and Netflix.

Degrassi: Next Class ran for four seasons before it was canceled by Netflix in 2019.

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  • ‘Degrassi’ Revival Coming to HBO Max – The Hollywood Reporter