HBO Max orders new Degrassi series

The something everybody learns about Degrassi is it goes there. In this circumstances, the “it” in concern is a brand-new model of the long-running teenager series and the “there” is HBO Max. On Thursday, the banner revealed they had actually bought a brand-new Degrassi series from The Vibrant Type’s Lara Azzopardi and Riverdale’s Julia Cohen. The 10-episode program is anticipated to premiere in 2023.

HBO Max’s Degrassi is the 6th series within the Canadian franchise, which introduced with The Kids of Degrassi Street in 1979. Degrassi Junior High School (1987), Degrassi High (1989), Degrassi: The Next Generation (2001), and Degrassi: Next Class (2016) followed, however the world has actually regretfully been Degrassi­-less given that Next Class covered in 2017.

The franchise is understood for being soapy “edutainment” that checks out a large series of teenage experiences, from damp dreams to doxing to strutting around school in a noticeable thong as part of an individual rebrand. However there are currently indications that HBO Max’s Degrassi is going to be a bit various.

In a declaration from Azzopardi and Cohen, the set share their strategy to turn Degrassi “into a truly serialized one-hour drama.” Previous versions of Degrassi were serialized however cancelled by Really Unique Episode stories, a few of which did get extremely major (JT is killed at a celebration) however much of which were wonderfully ridiculous (Spinner gets a boner in class). It seems like this brand-new Degrassi might lean more into the franchise’s remarkable components and move far from the previous series’ “the more you know” vibes. This would definitely match the tone of the very first advertising image for the series, which is a long method from the poppy colors and lively typography of previous promotions.

The first promotional image for the upcoming Degrassi


The log line for the brand-new series provides a tip regarding what a more serialized, dramatized Degrassi will appear like: “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.”

Whatever the brand-new Degrassi development appears like, it does have the true blessing of 2 crucial members of the franchise’s initial imaginative group, developer Linda Schuyler and executive manufacturer Stephen Stohn. On Thursday afternoon, Stohn tweeted that he and Schuyler were delighted “to pass the baton over to Lara Azzopardi and Julia Cohen,” with whom they formerly worked when the set were authors on Degrassi: The Next Generation.

And for those who just long for initial Degrassi taste, all 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation — likewise referred to as the series with Drake and Nina Dobrev — will be heading to HBO Max this spring. That indicates you’ll no longer need to depend on YouTube whenever you wish to review your old crush, Craig Manning (Jake Epstein), or flinch whenever Emma (Miriam McDonald) does generally anything.

The brand-new Degrassi will premiere on HBO Max in 2023. Degrassi: The Next Generation will be readily available to stream on the service this spring.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.