Teen dramas are some of the most popular series on TV and streaming, and HBO Max is adding another to their catalog. According to a report from Deadline, HBO Max has ordered a new Degrassi revival series from WildBrain, who owns the Degrassi franchise. The teen-centric series will be helmed by Lara Azzopardi, who previously worked on Backstage and The Bold Type, and Julia Cohen, who served as a producer on Riverdale and a co-executive producer on A Million Little Things. HBO Max’s Degrassi revival will start with 10 episodes and is projected to arrive on the streamer in 2023.
The Degrassi revival series will likely follow the beats and patterns of the multiple other Degrassi series that have aired over the years. The Canadian teen drama has always been a character-driven series chronicling the high school experience. Because of this, much of the show focuses on different students as they discover who they are and who they want to be. The new series will reportedly be set in Toronto and follow a group of teenagers and teachers navigating life both in and out of school. It will dive deep into who these diverse, complicated characters are and follow their journeys.
Amy Friedman, the Head of Kids and Family Programming for Warner Bros., shared her delight at the deal between HBO Max and WildBrain, stating:
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.
The CEO of WildBrain, Eric Ellenbogen, shared Friedman’s sentiment at the deal, stating:
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.
A Degrassi revival is not the only news out of this deal. The entire 14-season run of Degrassi: The Next Generation will also be coming to HBO Max this spring.
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