June 4, 2018 at 1:30 pm PDT | by Mariah Cooper
Paramount axes ‘Heathers’ series because of school shootings

‘Heathers’ (Screenshot courtesy of YouTube)

Paramount Network has canceled its “Heathers” reboot series for good following a long delay of its premiere episode due to recent school shootings.

The show originally was meant to premiere on March 7 but it was postponed due to the school shooting in Parkland, Florida. It was given another air date in July but was delayed again after the school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas.

Now, Paramount has announced the show won’t be airing on its network.

“This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it’s a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It’s hitting on so many hot topics. This company can’t be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we’ve done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we’re putting on a show that we’re not comfortable with,” Keith Cox, Paramount Network president of development and production, said in a statement to the Hollywood Reporter. 

The series may possibly air elsewhere. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Viacom, which owns Paramount Network, is shopping the series around to other networks and streaming services.

“Heathers” was a remake of the 1988 black comedy, starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannon Doherty, about high school murder and suicide. In the revamped version, Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) and her boyfriend J.D. (James Scully) come up with a revenge plan for Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews), a black lesbian, Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell), who identifies as gender-queer, and Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), a plus-size woman.

Doherty also was set to appear in a mystery role.

10 episodes had already been filmed for the first season. Writing for the show’s second season was also reportedly well underway.

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