After months of anticipation, the "Heathers" reboot is being delayed until later this year, according to a statement released by The Paramount Network.
Delaying the original March 7 premiere of the show is due to the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida.
"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," the statement reads. "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."
The show was originally positioned as a major part of Paramount Network's rebranding from Spike TV, along with "Waco" and the upcoming "Yosemite," according to Vulture.
The "Heathers" reboot for television is based on the hit 1988 movie, which promised to focus on the caste system within a high school and would include several acts of violence committed by the students. Despite there not being a specific shooting incident within the first few episodes of the show, according to CNN, Paramount Network still cited the recent Florida shooting as the reason it has decided to push back the premiere.
This is not the first time that a TV show has been impacted by gun violence and mass shootings. Last October, Netflix withdrew the preview of Marvel comic The Punisher, about a gun-wielding vigilante, from the New York Comic Con lineup due to the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas, according to Variety.
In the meantime, a future date for the "Heathers" reboot premiere has "not yet" been set, according to a representative for The Paramount Network who spoke with Oxygen.
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