The network had delayed the premiere, initially set for March 7, following the deadly shooting at a Parkland, Florida high school. In a statement at the time, Paramount Network said its “original series “Heathers” 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,” the statement said. “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 original film, written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, centered on Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) and their trials and tribulations dealing with the social order in high school.
Created by Jason Micallef, the new Heathers is a pitch-black comedy anthology series that is set in the present day with “good girl” Veronica Sawyer dealing with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ It stars Melanie Field, Jasmine Mathews and Brendan Scannell as the new group of Heathers, Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica and James Scully as J.D. Shannen Doherty, who played Heather Duke in the film, will guest star in the series. Selma Blair, Kurt Fuller, Jamie Kaler, Wallace Langham, Drew Droege, Travis Schuldt and Deanna Cheng also star.
Paramount Network’s announcement is below: