Paramount Network has just announced that their upcoming black comedy series, Heathers (based on the 1980s film of the same name), will be delayed. The show was set to premiere in the next week or so on March 7, 2018, but in light of the recent school shooting at Stoneman Douglas High School, they’ve opted premiere it at a later time.
Here is the official statement from Viacom:
“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. 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.”
This is probably the right move from Paramount, not just out of respect for the families, but probably from a financial standpoint. Given the current climate, it’s understandable that audiences wouldn’t find a show like Heathers — which pokes fun at school violence and murder — very funny, and could lead to its premature demise on TV. That being said, based on early reviews for the show, it doesn’t exactly seem like they were too subtle or nuanced with their humor.
It’ll be interesting to see when Paramount Network will feel enough time has passed to premiere the show, and if audiences will be okay with it. What do you think of this move from the network? Do you think they should have stuck to their release date, or is a delay a good thing? Let us know your thoughts down below!
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SOURCE: Paramount Network