Much of the internet has been abuzz as of late concerning the new TV reboot of 1989 cult high school film Heathers. Though the Heathers premiere has long been scheduled for March 7, the pilot episode has been available to stream on the Paramount Network site for some time now. The show has thus far faced a mixture of excitement and criticism, but now the TV-watching world will have to wait for the new series to begin.
Paramount Network announced today via an emailed statement that the Heathers premiere will now be delayed until sometime later in 2018.
Here is Paramount’s statement regarding the Heathers premiere delay:
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.
Much like the original film — starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty (who has returned for the TV reboot) — the series will see two students go on a murderous rampage at their high school, taking out “the Heathers,” the ‘cool kids’ hell-bent on making other students’ lives a living hell.
Controversy surrounding the show arose from the fact that “the Heathers” are no longer well-off white WASPy girls but individuals from various marginalized groups. Some outlets went as far as calling the new series “Trumpian.”