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'Heathers': Watch the First Promo for the Paramount Network Anthology
Paramount Network has yet to launch but the soon-to-be-former Spike TV used Sunday's broadcast of the Video Music Awards on MTV to drop the first footage of its highly anticipated Heathers reboot.
Heathers is a 10-episode anthology, a reboot of the late 1980s cult hit that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. It was developed for TV Land as a half-hour pilot and picked up to series as its first hourlong entry. The series was originally slated to debut in the fall and premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival — but was moved to Paramount Network after becoming an internal favorite at Viacom. It premieres in the first quarter of 2018.
The show is described as a "pitch-black" comedic anthology. Insiders say the anthology component will be similar to FX's Fargo and feature a new group of "Heathers" — no matter the setting.
The original film, written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann, centered on Veronica (played by Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. (Slater) and their trials and tribulations dealing with the social order in high school. The updated take, set in the present day, features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) will be portrayed by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty in the film) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath (Brendan Scannell); and Heather Chandler (originally Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field. Newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox star as J.D. and Veronica, respectively. Original Heathers star Doherty guest-stars in the pilot, which was directed by Leslye Headland and written by Jason Micallef.
Check out the first footage, below, and watch the trailer for the original movie as well. (And don't be surprised, the Paramount Network take features one of the most iconic lines of dialogue from the original.)
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