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Posted Friday 6/01/18 at 6:42PM EDT
Paramount Network pulls the plug on the Heathers reboot before its premiere
One month ago today, Paramount Network announced a new July 10 premiere date for Heathers after its original premiere was delayed due to the Parkland school shooting. But in wake of the Santa Fe high school shooting, Paramount Network decided to scrap that premiere date. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Network has decided not to air the controversial high school series altogether -- even though Season 2, which would've featured a whole new cast, is almost completely written. Viacom decided that after going dark on its cable channels for 17 minutes in support of Parkland school shooting victims and survivors, airing Heathers would've been contradictory to its values. "This is a high school show, we're blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it's a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It's hitting on so many hot topics," said Keith Cox, Paramount Network president of development and production. "This company can't be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we've done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we're putting on a show that we're not comfortable with." There are plans to shop the series elsewhere. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the cast and crew was notified of the decision today and that "multiple cast members are relieved that the series will not currently air."
Posted Tuesday 5/01/18 at 1:51PM EDT
Heathers announces a new premiere date: July 10
The Paramount Network series was originally supposed to debut in March, but was delayed after the Parkland school shooting.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 2:09PM EDT
Heathers movie screenwriter: It was a mistake to delay the Heathers TV series due to Parkland
“I think they made a mistake pushing the show back because of the Parkland shooting,” said Daniel Waters, who wrote the 1988 cult film but has no involvement on the Paramount Network TV series. “When it comes to dark comedy, you just have to throw it out there and have people chew on it and argue about it.”
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 10:47PM EST
Why postponing Heathers is a mistake: "There will always be another mass shooting"
The Florida school shooting that Paramount Network cited today in delaying the Heathers TV series from its March 7 premiere didn't stop the cable channel from releasing the pilot online one week after the massacre. Still, subsequent episodes plan to tackle gun violence. "But even if we take the network’s statement at face value," says Marissa Martinelli, "it is still making a mistake to postpone the series, because the way things stand, there will never be a right time to air an episode about gun violence. Networks have been doing this dance for ages—Buffy the Vampire Slayer put off an episode involving a 'schoolyard massacre' a week after Columbine in 1999—but it’s a very silly dance to do. Guns kill more than 15,000 Americans each year, and in 2018 alone, there have been 35 mass shootings. It’s not even March yet. At that rate, unless lawmakers take meaningful, drastic action, there is simply no reason to believe that there won’t be another mass shooting, and another reason to postpone Heathers again, in April or June or December or whenever they decide the time is right. "
Posted Wednesday 2/28/18 at 5:47PM EST
Heathers TV series delayed in wake of the Florida school shooting
The pitch-black comedy based on the 1988 cult film was originally scheduled to premiere March 7, three weeks after the Parkland high school shooting. A new premiere date hasn't been announced. “Paramount Network’s original series Heather is a satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence,” Paramount Network said in a statement. “While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year.” The show's pilot episode was made available on iTunes and on demand last week.
Posted Monday 2/26/18 at 6:26AM EST
Heathers movie writer backs the TV show as its creator responds to the "haters"
Despite fearing the worst, Daniel Waters wrote "I liked it!" after watching the the Paramount Network remake of his cult classic movie. "Okay, Episode 1 is the Mad Libs parlor game version of the movie we feared...but it ends well," he wrote on Facebook. "The further the show moves away from the film, the better." Meanwhile, Jason Micallef, creator of the Heathers TV series, responded to the criticism on Twitter reacting to the backlash, tweeting "my show is definitely doing something right." He added in a tweet with a screenshot of Waters' Facebook post: "Thanks for all the love for #Heathers and now that our God himself has spoken, the haters can go crawl back into their quarries."
Posted Friday 2/23/18 at 11:19PM EST
Heathers reboot feels like it's written for aging Fox News viewers
"If you believe that kids these days are fragile 'snowflakes,' that political correctness is running amok, and that LGBT people are now society’s true bullies, this new Heathers is the show for you," Samantha Allen says of the premiere episode, which Paramount Network released online this week. "The premiere of the rebooted cult classic, now airing for free online, takes place in a universe—clearly a fictional one—where the football team is oppressed and yesteryear’s fat, queer, and black victims now rule the school with manicured fists. The show feels like it was written for aging Fox News viewers who get angry about people’s gender pronouns—which is odd because it’s clearly being marketed to a young and therefore progressive-leaning audience who may not remember the 1988 original. The original Heathers were a group of croquet-playing WASPy socialites; the new Heathers are comprised of a plus-size girl, a genderqueer student, and a black girl. In other words, this is less a reboot and more an intentional inversion of the original concept, built on the premise that the bullied have since become the bullies."
Posted Wednesday 2/21/18 at 7:00PM EST
First episode of new Heathers TV adaptation is now on iTunes for free
The Paramount Network TV series based on the 1989 cult teen movie can also be viewed via various cable providers two weeks before its TV premiere.
Posted Monday 8/28/17 at 12:43PM EDT
Catch a first glimpse of the Heathers TV series
There are no shoulder pads on the Paramount Network reboot of the 1988 teen comedy.