A Degrassi Reboot Is Headed To HBO Max
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Another teen reboot is headed to HBO Max, and this time around, we’re revisiting the halls of Degrassi High.

Today, HBO Max announced that a new instalment of the Degrassi television franchise is headed to the streaming platform come 2023. Alongside the reboot news, HBO also shared that all 14 seasons of the early-aughts instalment of the series, Degrassi: The Next Generation, which stars Miriam McDonald, Cassie Steele, and—most famously—a young Aubrey Graham, a.k.a. Drake, will be available to stream on the platform starting this spring. The original form of the series, The Kids of Degrassi Street, debuted back in 1979 and has been a television staple ever since.

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The upcoming reboot will consist of 10 one-hour episodes, departing from the original 30-minute runtime. Per Variety, the series will chart the “painful high school experience of self-discovery” and follow a new group of Toronto students dealing with the simultaneous delight and drama of being a teen. So far, there’s no confirmation on whether or not any of the show’s original cast will return à la other revamped reboots in recent years, like Peacock’s Saved by the Bell or the latest iteration of Gossip Girl. The show is expected to start shooting this summer in Toronto and will be produced by WildBrain along with showrunners Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen.

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Cassie Steele, Shane Kippel, Drake, and Shenae Grimes of Degrassi High in 2007.
Cassie Steele, Shane Kippel, Drake, and Shenae Grimes of ‘Degrassi High’ in 2007. Photo: Getty

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

“Now in its fourth decade, ‘Degrassi’ is one of those beloved evergreen properties that demands to be refreshed for each new generation,” WildBrain president Josh Scherba added. “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. We’re delighted to be partnering with HBO Max to deliver this new vision to fans and extend Degrassi’s legacy.”


This article originally appeared on Harper’s BAZAAR US.