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Paramount Network delayed the series premiere due to the school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Paramount Network later cancelled all plans to air the series on its network due to the show's subject matter, only to then reverse this decision and air an edited season in October 2018.
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Shannen Doherty also played Heather Duke in the original movie Heathers (1988).
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The first teaser trailer released on YouTube received more dislikes than likes.
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An anthology series, the second season was to take place in the 1700s and center around Marie Antoinette.
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Veronica Sawyer's license plate reads "MAR3189" which is a reference to the US release date of the original Heathers movie: March 31, 1989.
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The pilot was released early on iTunes and the Paramount app to stream for free on Wednesday February 21, 2018.
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Viacom executives became increasingly uncomfortable with airing the program due to its themes; another major school shooting, the Santa Fe High School shooting, had occurred in May 2018. Keith Cox, the network's president of development, noted that the pilot had been filmed "before the climate changed", and that "the combination of a high school show with these very dark moments didn't feel right"
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Heathers was originally ordered for TV Land, then moved to Spike for their rebrand to Paramount Network, but Paramount Network dropped the show and FX and Freeform passed the show. However, Heathers is available on HBO Nordic and European Networks.
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The show frequently lifts dialogue from the original film word for word, or sometimes slightly altered to reflect the modern era. Certain elements from the original film are referenced visually in the series in wry ways that aren't literally related to their original context (such as a potato chip truck advertising "Big Fun!")
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On March 14, 2018, Viacom suspended programming across all of its networks, including Paramount Network, for 17 minutes due to its support of student-led protests and campaigns that emerged in the wake of the Stoneman Douglas shootings.
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Daniel Fienberg of The Hollywood Reporter gave the series a negative review and called the show "a pale imitation" of the 1988 film, and finishing saying, "Having the high school tyranny associated with a gang of students who, in a different era, might have been marginalised produces a dark and almost reactionary undercurrent in which the disenfranchised aren't being bullied, but rather are wielding identity politics and political correctness as weapons".
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In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and the program's subject matter, Paramount Network delayed the premiere to July 2018. However, on June 1, 2018, Paramount Network's parent company Viacom dropped Heathers entirely due to continued concern for its content.
On August 28, 2017, the Paramount Network released a teaser trailer for the series alongside a series of posters, each depicting a different character.
In Iceland, Siminn's video-on-demand service began streaming the series on July 12, 2018.
In Greece, OTE began broadcasting one episode a week starting on July 15, 2018.
On January 13, 2017, TV Land ordered a newly developed iteration of the series, described as an anthology dark comedy set in the present day. The series was set to be written by Jason A. Micallef and Tom Rosenberg, with Gary Lucchesi serving as an executive producer for Lakeshore Entertainment. On January 13, 2017, Heathers was ordered to series at TV Land.
On March 16, 2017, it was reported that the series would move to Paramount Network, a planned rebranding of TV Land's sister network Spike. On June 1, 2018, however, it was announced that Paramount Network had dropped the series due to concerns over its content in the wake of recent school shootings in the United States. It was reported that the series' producers had begun to shop the series to other broadcasters, and that writing for a potential second season had neared completion, which would take place in an entirely different setting than the first season and original film. By July 16, 2018, it was reported that both Netflix and Freeform had passed on the series.
In Australia, every episode was launched on September 28, 2018 on Stan.
On November 22, 2016, it was announced that original film cast member Shannen Doherty had been cast as a pivotal character in the series' pilot episode. It was later reported that she is set to appear in three of the first season's episodes in total.
On February 18, 2018, the first official trailer for the series was released. Beginning on February 12, 2018, a series of promotional posters, each depicting a different character, were released.
Though Paramount Network had pulled the series, the production companies involved with the show had already sold the series' international broadcast rights.
The series airs on HBO in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. It started airing twice a week on July 11, 2018 on HBO Go with a weekly run airing on television beginning in September in those territories.
Subscribers in Spain and Andorra got the first three episodes on HBO Go on on July 11, 2018, with the remaining installments dropping on July 18, 2018.
Digiturk licensed the series in Turkey and Cyprus for premium subscribers with weekly episodes launching July 20, 2018.
On August 27, 2009, Sony Pictures Television announced that Heathers (1989) was to be adapted for television to air on Fox. The program was described as a modernized version of the original story, and all characters from the film were expected to be scripted into the adaptation.
In November 2016, the series' pilot began production in Los Angeles, California. Principal photography for the rest of the first season took place from spring through fall of 2017 in the Chatsworth area of Los Angeles.
Locations utilised for filming included the Rancho San Antonio which is being used to portray Westerburg High School.
HBO subscribers in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden started getting episodes twice a week on HBO Go on July 11, 2018.
HBO subscribers in Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea, Bissau, Mozambique, São Tomé and Príncipe will begin streaming the series on HBO Go at a future date.
On September 12, 2012, television network Bravo announced a Heathers (1989) reboot unrelated to an earlier announcement by Sony Pictures Television. The storyline was to pick up twenty years after the events of the film when Veronica returns home to Sherwood, Ohio with her teenage daughter, who had to contend with the next generation of mean girls, all named "Ashley." They were to all be the daughters of the two surviving Heathers. Neither Winona Ryder nor Christian Slater were attached to the project. However, in August 2013, Bravo declined to order the series.
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