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We have to admit that right up until this very moment the TV reboot of the comedy classic Heathers wasn’t really on our radar. We had heard about it but sort of shrugged it off as unnecessary and moved on. Thankfully, the series producers stuck with the concept and now we have a teaser trailer for what looks to be a promising take on the classic.
This 10-episode anthology series is supposed to debut on the Paramount Network – formerly Spike TV – in the first half of next year. Based on the 1988 film and starring Grace Victoria Cox as Veronica Sawyer, the character originally played by Winona Ryder, this new show follows a group of outcasts who become the most popular kids in school.
The series shakes things up for the modern-era by making Heather McNamara a black lesbian and Heather Duke, originally played by Shannen Doherty, is now a genderqueer person played by Brendan Scannell. Heather Chandler, originally played by Kim Walker, is reimagined as a tyrannical leader who has a keen fashion sense and rules the school with an iron fist. Doherty is scheduled to make an appearance in the pilot episode, and Selma Blair joined the cast in July as Duke’s gold-digging stepmother.
Cox’s Veronica is a new student at the school, joined by rebellious J.D. (James Scully), the two will try to free the school from Heather’s horrible reign of terror. Cox and Scully take over the roles that were played by Winona Ryder and Christian Slater in the 1988 film.
The series will stay semi-faithful to the vibe of the original film according to Keith Cox, President of Development and Production for TV Land. “Our take on Heathers is a cinematic, surprising and twisted comedy that gives a wonderful nod to the film while also creating something entirely its own,” he said in a statement. “We’re really passionate about this show and the satirical storytelling its provocative characters allow.”
Jason Micallef (Butter) serves as executive producer and showrunner for Heathers with Leslye Headland (Sleeping with Other People) directing from Micallef’s pilot script and serving as executive producer on the pilot. Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi will also serve as executive producers, representing Lakeshore Entertainment.