Skip to main content

The Journal Gazette

  • Paramount Network The “Heathers” cast, from left, Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews), Heather Chandler (Melanie Field) and Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell).

Monday, February 26, 2018 1:00 am

Paramount rebooting film 'Heathers' for TV

George Dickie | Zap2it

Narcissistic teens, clueless adults and social media awareness run amok – it's all part of the darkly comedic world of “Heathers.”

Premiering Wednesday on Paramount Network (formerly known as Spike TV), the story follows the day-to-day existence of Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox, “Under the Dome”), a student at Westerburg (Ohio) High School involved with the “Heathers,” a clique of popular girls with a bent toward cruelty.

They're led by Heather Chandler (newcomer Melanie Field), a bossy, intimidating young woman with a unique fashion sense and a huge social media following. Her right hand is Heath “Heather” Duke (Brendan Scannell, “Bonding”), who uses Heather's power for his own ends. And there is Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews, “Blue Bloods”), the nicest of the trio.

The story is a reimagining the 1988 cult hit film of the same title starring Winona Ryder and Shannen Doherty, who makes an appearance.

“The thesis of the show is that everyone at their core is kind of an a-- and concerned with themselves,” Scannell explains. “So in the movie, we have these three beautiful white women who you wouldn't expect to be sort of wreaking havoc on a school, and that was sort of new and hadn't been seen before.

“And so (in) our sort of modern retelling of it, we've got traditionally marginalized communities. We've got a black Heather, a plus-sized Heather, a queer Heather. So there are these communities that still face discrimination, but in our show, our sort of turning that on its head and using the power of the internet and the power of like pure self-confidence to trash everybody around them.”

And the biggest trasher of them all is Heather C.

“What's interesting about Heather C.,” Field says, “is she's created her own brand ... . Her peers idolize her for it and fear her for her confidence. She definitely has her own brand of style and an unapologetic way of living that is very much paired with her social media presence because she's like social media famous. So, yeah, she has just created her own identity.”