Drake’s Alma Mater ‘Degrassi’ To Return in HBO Max Revival
Degrassi is “going there” again in an all-new series.
The Canadian teen drama that propelled a 15-year-old Aubrey Grahm’s (A.KA. Drake) entertainment career will be hitting airwaves yet again. Degrassi is said to return on HBO Max in 2023. Warner Kids & Media now possesses the U.S. rights to the show, along with the 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation.
WildBrain media company owns the rights to the entire franchise and will be producing the show. Eric Ellenbogen, a CEO for the company, stated:
“WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max,”
“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.”
Much like past installments, the upcoming Degrassi will follow a new crop of kids as they navigate the halls of Degrassi Community School in a one-hour slot.
The original Degrassi debuted as The Kids of Degrassi Street in 1980. Seven years later, Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High made their way to the United States, airing on the PBS network.
In 2001, the franchise was revived under the title Degrassi: The Next Generation. It aired on Canada’s CTV and The N (Noggin’s teen block) in the United States. The series dominated ratings, covering topics such as teen pregnancy, sexual assault, mental illness, sexual orientation, domestic violence, and school shootings.
One of the most notable episodes was “Accidents Will Happen” a two-part show about an eighth-grade student falling pregnant and later aborting her unborn child. The episode was so controversial that it didn’t air in the United States.
Drake got his first big break as a member of the original Next Generation cast. He starred as Jimmy Brooks, a bright basketball player who would go on to be the victim of a school shooting, which infamously left him paralyzed and wheelchair-bound. Drake played the character until 2008, just as his music career began to take off.
It is unclear if any of the cast will be reprising their role.
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