Paramount Network's reboot of the 1980s black comedy Heathers has been delayed until later this year, it was announced Wednesday. The series was supposed to premiere March 7.
In a statement from Paramount, the network cited the recent mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla., and "creative risks" the satirical series takes with subjects like sexuality and gun violence.
The full statement:
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.
The show is a serialized remake of the cult high school classic Heathers starring Winona Ryder from 1988. It follows a teen girl Veronica (Ryder) and her new beau JD (Christian Slater) as they plot to kill the Heathers clique. The Heathers in the original are the cliche beautiful mean girls who relentless bully their classmates.
In the new Heathers, the group has a plus-sized Heather (Melanie Field), a black lesbian Heather (Jasmine Mathews) and a genderqueer Heather (Brendan Scannell), but they're as venomous as ever.
The new series has garnered considerable backlash as of late for re-imagining its villainous clique as marginalized people, but with characters Veronica and JD — still straight and white like the original — still seeking to kill them all.
No new premiere date has been announced for the show.
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