Watch: "Degrassi" Cast Reacts to Drake's Billboard Artist of the Decade Award
Whatever it takes, we'll clear our schedules and tune in to the new Degrassi series.
On Thursday, Jan. 14, WarnerMedia Kids & Family revealed that school is back in session with a new iteration of the popular teen drama in the works. However, don't call this new Degrassi a reboot, as the announcement said that this show is "a brand-new version of WildBrain's award-winning youth franchise of the same name."
Calling it "a reprise of the original teen drama," the description further teased, "Degrassi is a character-driven series about the high school experience and the thrilling, often painful journey of self-discovery. 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 new series will include 10 hour-long episodes and is slated to debut on HBO Max in 2023.
While fans of Degrassi: The Next Generation—which gave Drake, Nina Dobrev, Shenae Grimes and more stars their start in the industry—may not love the idea of a new class, we do want to remind you that DTNG was a reboot itself, starring some of the OG stars of Degrassi Junior High and Degrassi High.
Here's hoping that some of the Next Generation stars will be involved in this new chapter.
Alongside this revival news, WarnerMedia Kids & Family shared that all 14 seasons of Degrassi: The Next Generation (later called just Degrassi) will be made available on HBO Max this spring. So this means we can all relive the on-again, off-again romance between Manny (Cassie Steele) and Craig (Jake Epstein), watch Marco (Adamo Ruggiero) come out to his friends and remember countless other storylines very soon.
"Series after series, the Degrassi franchise continues to make an indelible impact on young viewers looking for trustworthy and authentic storytelling," said Amy Friedman, Head of Kids & Family Programming at Warner Bros. "WildBrain continues to artfully capture high school life in a compelling format that can be experienced seamlessly on HBO Max."
While we wait for more news about this new series, get an update on your favorite Degrassi stars below.
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Degrassi's most successful alum, Aubrey Graham is better known as Drake, the rapper who has sold over 170 million records worldwide, won four Grammys, released several major chart-topping records, won Artist of the Decade at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards, served as the "global ambassador" for his hometown Toronto Raptors and is basically one of the most famous people in the world.
But for fans of the long-running series, he'll always be Jimmy Brooks, the basketball star who was paralyzed in Degrassi's infamous shooting episode, "Time Stands Still." Later on in the series, Graham's musical skills were put to good use, as Jimmy pursued a career as a rapper (Never forget: "Shut up girl and make my lunch!"), before deciding to undergo a stem cell surgery. Last seen in season eight, Jimmy planned on proposing to his girlfriend Trina.
Drake staged the ultimate reunion in 2018 for his "I'm Upset" music video, which has over 95 million views on YouTube. The power of the class of 2007!
Sharing son Adonis with ex Sophia Brussaux, the superstar revealed the first photo of his now 4-year-old child in March 2020.
CTV; Getty ImagesNina Dobrev
Her character Mia Jones, a teen mom-turned-model, was less than well-received—She was basically the cause of fan favorite J.T.'s tragic death! But when she left the series in season nine, it as because she landed the lead role on the CW smash hit The Vampire Diaries, which she starred on for six seasons before announcing her exit in 2015.
In addition to appearing in films such as The Perks of Being a Wallflower, XXX: The Return of Xander Cage and Flatliners, Dobrev returned to TV in 2019 to star in the CBS sitcom Fam, which won her the 2019 Teen Choice Award for Choice TV Actress Comedy.
After romances with her TVD co-star Ian Somerhalder and Grant Mellon, Dobrev began dating Olympian Shaun White in March 2020.
"They are genuinely so in love and are so cute together. It's very sweet," a source told E! News of the couple in December. "They openly talk about their future together. They're just super happy, and things are going really well with them."
CTV; Getty ImagesMiriam McDonald
Mature and slightly uptight Emma Nelson was the reboot's female lead as she was the child of the original series' fan favorite, Spike. On the series, Emma went through it all (anorexia, gonorrhea, marijuana use, to name but a few), before exiting the show in season nine following her wedding to Spinner. (We still haven't gotten over that random coupling. Emma and Sean FTW!)
After taking a break from acting, McDonald appeared on Lost Girl and Orphan Black (which was a who's who of Degrassi alumni), and has worked as a real estate agent and yoga instructor.