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A “Degrassi: The Next Generation” reunion is set to open the 2021 virtual ATX TV Festival in June.
Former members of the Canadian teen soap opera’s cast will gather for a panel discussion celebrating the show’s 20th anniversary, including Aislinn Paul, Shane Kippel, Luke Bilyk, Lauren Collins, Munro Chambers, Jake Epstein, Daniel Clark, Andrea Lewis and Christina Schmidt, festival organizers announced Thursday.
Stefan Brogren, who played Archie ‘Snake’ Simpson on the show’s original run in the late 1980s and appeared on “The Next Generation” as a principal, will also be there, as will co-creator/executive producer Linda Schuyler, and executive producer Stephen Stohn.
While one big name — Drake — is missing from the line-up, the festival announced that additional details would be released in the coming weeks.
The last time the cast got together was to shoot Drake’s music video, “I’m Upset,” in 2018. Along with former cast members, Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes — who appeared on a few episodes — were on-site for the shoot.
Smith told Page Six at the time that when he got the call to be in the rapper’s video, he thought it was a scam.
It was also announced that “Younger” and “The Bold Type” would return for panels to celebrate their final seasons.
There will also be a panel for Netflix’s show “Selena: The Series,” which stars Christian Serratos as its titular character.
Previously announced events include a “Faking It” 5-year reunion panel, as well as a conversation with Steve McQueen about his BBC series “Small Axe.”
The festival, which takes place annually in Austin, Texas, has gone virtual since the 2020 pandemic hit. They announced in March that the 10th anniversary of the festival would remain remote and hopefully return to in-person in 2022.
But the good news? The festival will take place over 10 days — June 11 through 20 — instead of its usual three and feature screenings, panels, roundtable discussions and more.
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