It will soon be time to meet the new students in a Degrassi series of revival. HBO Max has announced that a brand new incarnation of the high school drama series will return with a revival in 2023. Shadow and Act, comes the series of showrunners Lara Azzopardi (The Bold Type) and Julia Cohen (Riverdale) with 10-hour episodes that are expected to be released on HBO Max in the United States next year. Filming will apparently begin later in 2022.
The logbook for the HBO Max revival of Degrassi reads: “A repeat of the original teenage drama, Degrassi is a character-driven series about the high school experience and the exciting, often painful journey of self-discovery. The new series takes place in Toronto and explores a group of teenagers and school staff living in the shadow of events that bind them apart and tear them apart. The show travels deep into the hearts and homes of diverse, complex characters as they struggle to find their new normal, striving for hope, redemption and love. “
“Series after series, the Degrassi franchises continue to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for reliable and authentic storytelling, ”says Amy Friedman, head of child and family programming, Warner Bros. on HBO Max. ”
Eric Ellenbogen, CEO of WildBrain, added: “I am delighted that our first commission from HBO Max is for Degrassi, a truly venerable franchise with a highly dedicated and passionate audience. It’s another evergreen property from our vast IP library that revives us with a fresh vision and creative first approach. “
“Now in its fourth decade, Degrassi is one of those beloved evergreen properties that needs to be refreshed for every new generation, “said Josh Scherba, president of WildBrain.” Stephanie Betts, our chief content officer, along with showrunners Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen, have a planned evolution for Degrassi which, while remaining true to the fundamental honesty, humanity and integrity of the brand, promises fans a journey into exciting new territory, creatively and dramatically. We are delighted to partner with HBO Max to deliver and expand this new vision to fans Degrassi‘s legacy. ”
Degrassi: The next generation will also be streamed on HBO Max
HBO Max also picked up US rights for all 14 seasons of the long-running series Degrassi: The Next Generation. It will start streaming later this spring and will also be broadcast on Cartoon Network at a later date yet to be announced. This was followed by the Netflix series Degrassi: Next class, which only lasted from 2016-2017. Azzopardi and Cohen hope this revival will fare much better on HBO Max.
“What perhaps excites us most to revive this beloved franchise is to turn it into a real one-hour drama. “We are honored to have the opportunity to lead this evolution and bring this iconic series back into people’s homes,” the two said.
Degrassi‘s revival will begin filming this summer with a premiere for sometime next year on HBO Max.
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