Paramount Network has delayed its new series “Heathers” in the wake of the Parkland shooting.
The television reboot of the cult ’80s classic was scheduled to debut on March 7 but has now been pushed back to later this year.
“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,” the network said in a statement. “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.”
The show replaces the three popular Heathers with a queer-centric trio starring Melanie Field as Heather Chandler, the body positive ringleader, Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara, a biracial lesbian, and Brendan Scannell as “pronoun ambivalent” Heather Duke.
The premiere episode had already debuted online and was criticized as a “Trumpian, L.G.B.T.-bashing nightmare,” by the Daily Beast.
An exact date for the show’s release has not yet been announced.