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TV's 'Heathers' will finally air in an edited version

From left, Grace Victoria Cox, Melanie Field, Brendan

From left, Grace Victoria Cox, Melanie Field, Brendan Scannell and Jasmine Mathews in Paramount Network's "Heathers."   Credit: Paramount Network

After initially announcing it had permanently scrapped its completed but unaired series "Heathers," the Paramount Network will now air a nine-episode edited version. The series is based on the dark 1988 film comedy starring Winona Ryder about a group of cliquish high school girls.

According to multiple trade reports Thursday, "Heathers" will air as two episodes each from Oct. 25-28, with a finale Oct. 29.

"I am beyond excited that American audiences will finally get to see 'Heathers'," said showrunner Jason Micallef in a statement. Addressing edits that included the scrapping of the planned 10th episode, he said that, "Obviously I wish fans could see the tenth episode but the producers and I felt strongly about not changing anything in it, and so, it's been considered too controversial for U.S. audiences."

The series will stream on the Paramount app and website on Oct. 22.

Originally slated to premiere on March 7, the series, starring James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox in the roles played by Christian Slater and Ryder in the movie, was delayed following the shooting massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. It was pulled from its rescheduled premiere on July 10 following another high school shooting that left 10 dead in Santa Fe, Texas.

On June 1, Paramount Network executive Keith Cox told The Hollywood Reporter that neither his network nor any platform of parent Viacom would air the program, which he said included teachers with guns and the school blowing up. "This is a high school show, we're blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it's a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It's hitting on so many hot topics," he said. "This company can't be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we've done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we're putting on a show that we're not comfortable with."

Paramount on Thursday did not address the reason for the change of plans.

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