Heathers is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, based on the 1988 cult classic film of the same name. The much-anticipated reboot perfectly blends drama, love, rivalry, and comedy into a modern-day masterpiece. It was originally set to premiere on March 7,, but was delayed after the tragic Parkland Florida school mass shooting. A couple months later, Paramount Network announced it was cancelling it entirely and had no plans to air it. Seems like the network has had a change of heart.
The Heathers reboot will air after all on Paramount Network, albeit an edited version. It removed specific content that caused initial concern. The 10-episode drama has now been condensed to nine episodes and will air over five nights around Halloween. It’ll start Thursday, October 25 and conclude October 29, followed by a Heathers-themed episode of Lip Sync Battle featuring stars Melanie Field and Brendan Scannell.
“I am beyond excited that American audiences will finally get to see Heathers. Obviously, I wish fans could see the 10th episode, but the producers and I felt strongly about not changing anything in it, and so, it’s been considered too controversial for U.S. audiences,” showrunner Jason Micallef said. “Still, every day at this job is a delightful dream, so it’s hard to complain. Plus, what matters most is fans will now get to see the satire we all love so much.”
Heathers stars Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica Sawyer, James Scully as JD, Melanie Field as body-positive HBIC Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell as gender non-binary Heather “Heath” Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara. Selma Blair, Drew Droege and original Heather Shannen Doherty also make appearances.
I was starting to think Heathers was cursed. Paramount’s version was the umpteenth try to bring it to television. Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) previously tried to reboot the iconic 80s film twice. Once over at FOX in 2009 and most recently at Bravo in 2013. Her version centered around the next generation of mean girls, calling themselves ‘the Ashleys.” This third attempt was written by Jason Micallef (Butter) and was originally intended for TV Land, but ultimately went to Paramount Network. I’m glad the episodes are finally airing. Check out the new promo below featuring the deliciously evil Doherty.