'Heathers' Gets a Premiere Date Following Delay After Parkland Shooting


Heathers (Paramount Network)

The dark comedy Heathers is scheduled to debut July 10, Paramount Network said Tuesday.

"Just when you thought it was safe to leave your house wearing jorts," the show's Twitter account teased as the premiere date was revealed.

The network announced in February it decided to delay the March 7 start of its violent teen saga in the wake of a mass shooting at a high school in Parkland, Fla.

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Doherty played one of the 'Heathers' in the original '80s cult classic.

"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," Paramount said in a news release at the time. "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."

Heathers is a contemporary remake of the 1988 film starring Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty. The new version features Grace Victoria Cox as high school student Veronica Sawyer and James Scully as her murderous boyfriend JD. Melanie Field portrays Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell is Heather Duke and Jasmine Mathews is Heather McNamara — Veronica's wicked frenemies.

By Karen Butler

Originally published in UPI Entertainment News.