TV Land to reboot ‘Heathers’ as a series: good idea or terribly misguided?


Cable network TV Land is developing a comedy based on Heathers. File this under “Why?” The 1989 cult classic – one that most of us here at Celebitchy can recite from memory – starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. The dark comedy, which focused on gaining and attaining popularity at any cost, is still infinitely quotable. The original film was written by Daniel Waters, whom, in the ultimate “fun fact” is the brother of Mark Waters, who directed Mean Girls – which we also don’t need to see come to television. Take note, network execs.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the show, structured as an anthology a la Scream Queens, is described as “a black comedy that takes place in the present day.” It features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty.” These outcasts include a black lesbian, a gay man and a character who resembles the sad, sad Martha Dumptruck. Ummm…okay?

For TV Land, a network that’s had hits with Hot in Cleveland and The Jim Gaffigan Show and misses with pretty much every other series they’ve created, it’s daring choice, but still, I suspect, a misguided one. Apparently, the network is also developing a reboot of First Wives Club, which tells the story of a trio of “friends and former classmates from the 1990s who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident. When they all discover that they’re at romantic crossroads, tells the story they unite to tackle divorce, relationships and life’s other challenges.” Ugh. That might even sound worse. And, Netflix is doing the only First Wives Club reboot we really want to see.

When I saw this news, all I could say was “F–k me gently with a chainsaw.” What a terrible idea. I thought that theRocky Horror reboot on Fox was pretty awful, but this takes the “bad idea” cake. Although, if they didn’t call it Heathers I might be more receptive, because I do love me some dark comedy.


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  1. lisa2 says:

    So there are no new ideas out there? Movies are rebooted all the time.. sadly now TV is on that course. Original content is what out of style.

  2. NewWester says:

    Reboots, sequels, reality shows is Hollywood out of original ideas or is it just cheaper? Also for those horrified at this latest reboot, there was a rumour a while back were there is a reboot of the “The Flintstones” in the works but with more of a “Family Guy” spin to it.

  3. Carol says:

    Those pictures makes me miss Winona Ryder.

    • shutterbug99 says:

      Her new Netflix Show (Stranger Things) sounds promising.

      • Carol says:

        Interesting. I don’t think I’ve even heard of that show. Now, I’ve got to see it:)

      • shutterbug99 says:

        It’s a 1980’s set mystery drama with a (possibly) supernatural slant. Coming to Netflix this summer. 🙂

    • Nancy says:

      Carol: She was it back then. Would have been great in the Godfather, blew that one. Kim Walker who played Heather Chandler, the first victim died at 32. I used to win trivia games in college because I remember most lines from these cult classics. Useless knowledge, but it was fun at the time.

      • Betti says:

        Kim Walker was perfect in this role and was my favourite evil Heather.

        Winona is still a great actress but yeah, she kinda blew it after walking away from teh Godfather role. But wasn’t she ill or something?

      • Nancy says:

        @Betti: She had pneumonia I believe. Casting Sofia as Mary in GFIII ruined the film totally. It ruined the trilogy….stop at GFII. Winona was a big name then and pretty, and could ACT, poor Sofia. The entire essence of the move would have been great. She and Andy Garcia. Guess two out of three ain’t bad. Sofia was named worst actress of all time on those famous lists….she redeemed herself later on the other side of the camera.

      • Carol says:

        Yeah, Kim Walker was a great villain. I don’t think I knew she passed away at 32 though. I feel like this movie was precursor to Mean Girls.

      • Nancy says:

        Heathers was so much darker than Mean Girls. How many people were killed? Shannon Doherty was great in it too. Tori Spelling loved her in the movie and told her father to cast Shannon as Brenda in 90210.

  4. shutterbug99 says:

    Yeah. No.

    Is Hollywood all out of ideas or what?! Speaking of, whatever happened to that Reality Bites reboot that was talked about a few years back? Nope, didn’t want to see that one either.

    • Birdy says:

      I agree! hollyweird is out of ideas its either reboots we don’t need or sequel after the sequel

  5. Stella Alpina says:

    Jesus F. Christ. Are they going to do reboots of every popular movie and tv show from the 90s?

    For once, why doesn’t Hollywood take something from the past that was flawed but had a good premise and improve on it? Example: Battlestar Galactica, the cheesy series and Star Wars ripoff from the 70s. It was revamped into a critically acclaimed sci fi drama in 2004 and was so much better than the original. Instead, Hollywood reboots things that were already good in the first place and don’t need another version.

    Lightning doesn’t strike twice and you usually can’t repeat the chemistry of the original cast and the collaborative synergy between the director, writers, cast, and crew.

    • I Choose Me says:

      I wanna print your post out, make flyers and mail it to every major studio in Hollywood. Just STAHP!

  6. Nancy says:

    Dear Diary: My teenage angst has a body count. I wouldn’t watch a remake. This is a cult classic that should be left alone. Greetings and salutations….Christian Slater was so sinister, love him.

  7. mia girl says:

    Did these TV execs have a brain tumor for breakfast?

    • Size Does Matter says:

      Ha! I can’t eat spaghetti without thinking that it needs lots of oregano. Loved this movie.

  8. Here or there says:

    I’m so sick of this. Classics are what they are, leave them alone.
    I wish Hollywood would pull their heads outta of their collective ass and get some original ideas. Make new classics you morons.

  9. Div says:

    Ahhhh….how can they mess with perfection! IN reality though, there is no way this will be anywhere near the same nowadays…I can’t see it deal with bombs in high school, etc. after Columbine and the rash of school shootings.

    • SloaneY says:

      Right. Not to mention the fact that I think they’re missing the whole point of the original movie. Sigh. Just leave it alone.

  10. GoodNamesAllTaken says:

    I never heard of this show at all. Guess I was busy in the 90s.

  11. sofie says:

    They better leave heathers alone. This was my fav film growing up and watched it on my vhs repeatedly.

  12. Stella says:

    Criminently, the shoulder pads… I don’t miss those.

  13. Adrien says:


  14. Name says:

    Nooooo!!! Is anything sacred anymore?! For crying out loud. I’m sure there are plenty of people out there with wild imaginations, putting original ideas to paper for stuff I’m sure we’re all yearning to see. Yet, all were getting is fucking regurgitated nonsense made purely as money grabbing…ugh, too disheartened to finish that thought.

  15. Heat says:

    Bad idea…terrible idea!!! Who the heck thought this would be a good idea? Some things should not and CAN not be replicated. Heathers is one of those things.

  16. Bettyrose says:

    Sigh. Winona Ryder & Christian Slater are so beautiful.

  17. Gabrielle says:

    Please no! I watched this movie over and over again. Better than Clueless and Mean Girls combined. I too can pretty much recite it word for word.

  18. Kimmy says:

    Just leave ALL 80’s cult classics alone. Please.

    There’s no way in hell that this will be allowed to be as dark as the original. On TV Land no less.

  19. Lucy says:

    I’m just here to say that I sort of hate myself for having a crush on JD. He’s (spoiler?) the worst but…god damn.

  20. Christine says:

    This is totally inappropriate in this day and age.

  21. jenn12 says:

    Horrible idea- some things you just leave alone. NONONO.

  22. S says:

    This mostly just reminded me of how desperately I wanted that off-the-shoulder gray sweatshirt with the black sleeveless dress worn over it. I was 14 when this came out and LOVED the movie beyond words. I still watch it frequently.

  23. A.Key says:

    1989 cult classic, eh?

    Never heard of it.

  24. DarkSparkle says:

    TVLand: No one at Westerberg is going to let you play their reindeer games.

    One of my favorite movies ever – can recite the whole movie right along with it (which is why I watch it alone)

    Edited to add – the whole movie is on youtube for those of you that haven’t seen it. it’s DARK, fair warning, but very funny.

  25. says:

    Loved Heathers, it was dark and funny and Christian Slater aka JD was the ultimate bad boy. If they tarnish a cult classic to become trashy tv for today’s youth will not be impressed. Hope it’s smart and edgy. Dreading the cruel intentions reboot 🙁

  26. Ariel says:


    And if it is taking place in modern day, shouldn’t it be called the Emilys or the Madisons?