TV Land has given a series order for an anthology series based on the 1988 cult-classic movie “Heathers,” ending a very long, very circuitous journey for the property to become a TV show.
TV Land announced the project Friday during its time at the winter TV press tour. The show will be a “pitch-black” comic anthology a la “American Horror Story” or “Fargo,” with a new set of Heathers in a new setting each season. It will be TV Land’s first hour-long original series.
The first season, set to premiere in the fall, will borrow character names from the film but won’t come at the story in quite the same way. It will still center on Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox) and her nihilistic boyfriend JD (James Scully) and the three title characters. In this case, the Heathers are three people who have traditionally been outcasts in high school stories: African-American lesbian Heather McNamara (Jasmine Matthews), gender-queer Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell) and Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), who per the show’s logline “has a body like Martha Dumptruck.”
Shannen Doherty, who played Heather Duke in the movie, will also appear in the show. Details about her role are being kept under wraps.
Jason Micallef (“Butter”) wrote the pilot script and will executive produce alongside pilot director Leslye Headland (“Bachelorette,” “Sleeping with Other People”), Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi.
Various versions of a “Heathers” series have been kicking around Hollywood for the better part of a decade. FOX developed a version with writers Jenny Bicks and Mark Rizzo in 2009. It didn’t go forward.
Bravo took a swing at “Heathers” with the same writers in 2012, but it also didn’t go. TV Land’s show took shape last fall and will be on the air later in 2017.