In light of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida the series premiere of Heathers is being delayed, Paramount Network announced today in a statement. The black comedy TV series based on the cult classic film of the same name was just one week away from its official debut March 7, 2018. A new premiere date has not been announced at this time.
Read on for the official statement from Paramount Network.
“Paramount Network’s 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. 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.”
Tragedy befell students and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida on February 14 when a former student gunned down 17 people. Survivors have become vocal critics of the country’s weak gun laws, utilizing social media to fight for stricter gun control legislation and taking on the National Rifle Association. On March 24, a national protest rally “March For Our Lives” will take place in Washington, D.C. demanding that the lives and safety of children and families of March For Our Lives be prioritized, and end gun violence and mass shootings in schools.
Based on the 1989 cult classic film of the same name, Heathers is an hour-long pitch-black comedy anthology set in the present day, as heroine Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Also starring are James Scully as JD, Melanie Field (“Wicked” National Tour) as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell (“Funny or Die”) as Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara.
Original Heathers cast member Shannen Doherty guest stars along with Selma Blair and Casey Wilson.