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‘Heathers’ TV series premieres in March (watch the first episode)

Meet your new Heathers
Meet your new Heathers

The TV series adaptation of pitch-black 1988 cult classic Heathers is finally hitting TV — it debuts March 7 on the Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV). As you may recall, the show flips the script on the movie and this time the clique who rule the school are made up of types who would be the outcasts in more standard high school comedies. Here’s the official synopsis:

Set in the present day, “good girl” Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) deals with a very different but equally vicious group of ‘Heathers.’ Heather Chandler (Melanie Field) is the unconventional leader of this popular high school clique and rules Westerburg High through fear, intimidation and amazing fashion sense. Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) is Heather C’s #1 sidekick and harnesses the Heather’s power to destroy whoever he views as a total discount hobgoblin. Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews) is considered the nicest Heather in the group who lives in the shadow of the others. She’s hiding a dark secret that she doesn’t want to be exposed. JD Dean (James Scully) is the new boy in town with a dark side and sets out on a reckless path of destruction proving that no one, even his girlfriend Veronica is safe.

The show is pitched as an anthology series, so if it gets a second season it will feature all-new characters and plotlines. Original Heather Shannen Doherty is part of the cast, as is Selma Blair. You can watch the red band trailer (which isn’t exactly promising) for the show below, and you can stream the whole first episode on Paramount Network’s website. This year marks Heathers‘ 30th anniversary.

In related news, the musical version of Heathers (which ran off-Broadway in 2014) is coming back…as a one-night, two-show performance at Feinstein’s/54 Below on March 26 at 7 and 9:30 PM, as part of their Musicals in Concert Series. Tickets are on sale.

If you’re heading to SXSW this year, Paramount has partnered with Pitchfork for a Heathers-themed day party on Friday, March 16 at Barracuda with Kelela, Kevin Morby, Shamir, Andrew W.K., Porches, Ought, Snail Mail, Nilüfer Yanya, Lucy Dacus, JPEGMAFIA, Superorganism, and Topaz Jones. It’s free, 18+ and open to the public. No word on whether there will be croquet and corn nuts.

We will be at SXSW, too, with BrooklynVegan and Margin Walker present: LOST WEEKEND 2 at Cheer Up Charlies from March 15 – 17.

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