Degrassi’s brooding turn to HBO Max
And it was revealed just like that
An announcement of the Degrassi franchise being revived via HBO Max, along with a streaming deal for 14 seasons of The Next Generation that gave residual anticipation to millennial alums. Earlier classes might be more flummoxed by this intense new branding for the property acquired in 2014 by the company now called WildBrain.
The glowing gold of Zara
The billionaire behind the Zara clothing chain paid $1.2 billion for the golden Toronto towers put up for sale last September by Oxford Properties. While seen as a vote of confidence for the future of offices, the price of Royal Bank Plaza probably would’ve been higher before the pandemic, but Amancio Ortega’s net worth is holding its own.
Anna Maria Tremonti will get personal with a podcast. Welcome to Paradise was teased with a dramatic trailer about an abusive marriage she was once in. The other new major CBC addition, Nothing is Foreign, is the third news podcast to be hosted by Tamara Khandaker, who helmed prior ones for Global News and the Globe and Mail.
The discourse around Tara Henley isn’t over yet. National Observer writer Sandy Garossino claims the CBC quitter’s prior choices for Globe and Mail book coverage are evidence of something. Whatever that is, at least two Liberals of note cheered the critique, while Jordan Peterson saw it as providing more rationale to defund the CBC.
Finally, rebound by the Flatiron
Shawn Mendes ended 2021 being emo on social media following his breakup with fellow Gen Z singer Camila Cabello, whose walks during quarantine became their own paparazzi industry. His return to Toronto includes walking empty downtown streets of 2022 with a film crew, because that’s what teen idols pivoting to adulthood do: