Heathers, a new TV series based on the '80s cult favorite about homicide in high school, won't be making its debut next week, after all.
In the wake of the Feb. 14 shootings that claimed the lives of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., the Paramount Network — formerly known as Spike — has decided to put off the March 7 premiere. The show stars Mount St. Joseph Academy graduate Melanie Field as the lead Heather, who's targeted for death by one of her fellow students in the show's pilot. The episode also featured a cameo by Shannen Doherty, who played one of the original Heathers.
Field's character is described in promotional materials as "the unconventional leader of [a] popular high school clique [who] rules Westerburgh High through fear, intimidation and an amazing fashion sense."
I've seen the pilot, and I can't imagine what took the network so long to play its part in what's become a numbing post-violence ritual of thoughts, prayers, and TV postponements.
Here's the statement the network released Wednesday: