The road to television is not an easy one, a lesson that the Heathers series has just learned. Even if season 1 is in the can, and scripts are ready for season 2, the unexpected can and will happen.
Based on the 1989 film of the same name, Heathers was going to be a satirical look at society, high school life, and more. However, due to the recent number of school shootings, the series was delayed and has now moved on to be canceled.
Speaking with Variety, Keith Cox, Paramount Network president of development said, “This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it’s a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns.” He went on to add, “It’s hitting on so many hot topics. This company can’t be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we’ve done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we’re putting on a show that we’re not comfortable with.”
While the show has been pulled from the Paramount Network, that doesn’t mean it’s dead. Viacom – the parent of Paramount – doesn’t want it on its own networks or platforms, so a hunt is on for a new home.
Production on season one has been completed for some time, and the scripts for season two are almost complete. The second season has ties to the first, but is set somewhere other than a high school. Anyone that picks up the series is being handed a quick and easy package, so a new home is probably not going to be difficult. It seems like a no-brainer this will end up on a streaming platform, it’s just a question of which one at this point.
Only time will tell where it ends up, but it’s going somewhere to be sure.