The Paramount Network has recently announced that it is pushing back the planned release of the series in the respect of the victims of the Parkland School Shooting.
Paramount Network, the production house behind the ‘’Heathers’’ TV series, has announced that it has put the premiere on hold in respect of the Florida Parkland School shooting victims.
The TV series, which is going to remake the 80s’ film by the same name, was originally scheduled to premiere on March 7, but Paramount Net has now announced that the channel has decided to delay the show in the wake of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida.
The network issued a statement on Wednesday:
“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.” A new Premiere date is yet to be announced.
According to a network outsider, it was the ongoing violence about gun schools which has dominated the American discourse and NOT the mixed reviews which the remake has received which forced Paramount to delay the timing.
Furthermore, the news has come just a day after Paramount Network released its ratings. The network noted that when compared with Spike TV ratings, its January primetime ratings among adults (19-49) were up by almost 50 percent.
‘Heathers’ isn’t the only drama which has decided to delay its premiere in the wake of the Florida School shooting. For, in July 2016 after a string of shootings rocked America, USA decided to pull the plug on the premiere of “Shooter’’.
As for ‘Heathers’, it draws inspiration from the 1989 film of the same name, which starred Ryder, Christian Slater, and Shannan Doherty. That movie addressed issues such as teen violence, suicide, and identity in high school.
‘Heathers’ would see Veronica Sawyer playing the role of Grace Victoria Cox, who enters a new school and becomes a part of Heathers, a popular clique in the 80s. The modern twist would see several students subjected to marginalization and bullying in high school. It is also speculated that in the fifth episode, there would also be disturbing scenes of School Shooting, which might be disturbing for some viewers.