AceShowbiz - Degrassi Community School is back. On Thursday, January 13, it was announced that HBO has greenlit "Degrassi", a revival of the hit 1980s Canadian teen drama of the same name.
The new series is set to be a 10-episode hour-long series. As filming will take place this summer in Toronto, "Degrassi" is expected to premiere on the streaming platform sometime in 2023.
According to a plot description from HBO Max, "Degrassi" is "a character-driven series about the high school experience and the thrilling, often painful journey of self-discovery. Set in Toronto, the new series explores a group of teenagers and school faculty living in the shadow of events that both bind them together and tear them apart. 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."
Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen have been tapped to executive produce and run the new "Degrassi" series. "What excites us maybe the most about reviving this beloved franchise is turning it into a truly serialized one-hour drama," Azzopardi and Cohen, who previously teamed up to write a season 8 episode of "Degrassi" in 2009, said 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."
"Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling," Amy Friedman, head of Kids & Family Programming at Warner Bros, added.
WildBrain president Josh Scherba said, "Now in its fourth decade, 'Degrassi' is one of those beloved evergreen properties that demands to be refreshed for each new generation. Stephanie Betts, our Chief Content Officer, along with showrunners, Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, have envisioned an evolution for Degrassi that, while staying true to the fundamental honesty, humanity and integrity of the brand, promises fans a journey into exciting new territory, both creatively and dramatically." Ge added, "We're delighted to be partnering with HBO Max to deliver this new vision to fans and extend 'Degrassi' 's legacy."
The franchise, which helped Nina Dobrev and Aubrey Graham a.k.a. Drake launch to stardom, started with "The Kids of Degrassi Street" in 1979. It was followed by "Degrassi Junior High" and "Degrassi High" in the late '80s and early '90s. The series then returned in 2001 with "Degrassi: The Next Generation, following on "Degrassi Junior High" character Spike's (Amanda Stepto) daughter, Emma Nelson (Miriam McDonald).