TV News Roundup: TV Land Orders Pilot Based on Cult Film ‘Heathers’

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TV Land is developing a television series based on the cult movie “Heathers,” and Minnie Driver will star in an ABC comedy pilot, in today’s TV news round-up . . .

DEVELOPMENT:

TV Land is developing a comedic anthology series based on the 1989 cult film “Heathers.”

The new TV take is described as a black comedy in the present day. In this iteration of the flick, the Heathers are outcasts that have become royalty — Heather McNamara is a black lesbian; Heather Duke is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler “has a body like Martha Dumptruck.” The script that has been put into development, and was first reported by THR, was written by Jason Micallef, with Tom Resenberg and Gary Lucchesi exec producing.

RENEWALS:

Showtime has renewed its documentary series “Dark Net” for a second season.

“Dark Net” tells the stories of the always changing digital world including bio-hacking, cyber-kidnapping, digital warfare, online cults, pornography addiction, the webcam sex trade and more. The show is created by Vocativ founder Mati Kochavi, who uses his company’s proprietary technology to reveal voices, emerging trends and surprising data to develop the story angles of each episode.

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CASTING:

Minnie Driver will star in ABC’s comedy pilot “Speechless.” The potential series is about a family with a special-needs child that is good at dealing with the challenges it faces and excellent at creating new ones. Driver, whose casting was reported by Deadline, will play the female lead in “Speechless,” a mother who is fiercely protective of her non-verbal son JJ. She is repped by CAA.

Nischelle Turner of “Entertainment Tonight” is joining Fox’s live musical event “The Passion,” which airs this Sunday. The correspondent will be reporting live from New Orleans, interview procession-goers who are carrying the cross during the two-hour special that recounts the last hours of the life of Jesus Christ. Tyler Perry will toss to Turner during the telecast, as he is host of a modernized, religious-themed TV event. For more details and behind the scenes photos from “The Passion,” click here.

GREENLIGHTS:

We TV has ordered “My Life Is a Telenovela,” a docu-series that follows the real people who bring the telenovela television genre to life. The show will follow a group of Latina actresses working in the competitive world where they’re employed.

“We are so excited to bring this world and the passionate men and women who make these incredibly popular soap operas to our viewers, and proud of a strategic partnership with Telemundo that will bring a high level of credibility and authenticity to our show,” We TV president Marc Juris commented.

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  1. Darin Tino says:

    Let’s get something understood. There is no one – I repeat, NO ONE – who thinks TV Land’s idea for a “modernized” reboot of Heathers as a TV show is “very” that isn’t A) working directly with the show and/or for TV land or B) a journalist taking payola. Plain and f—king simple.

    In Hollywood’s history of dumb f—k ideas, this has got to be the most shamelessly lazy, transparently idiotic, desperate cash grab 80’s bandwagon jump yet.

    There’s nothing fans of a beloved classic enjoy more than seeing a seminal film from their formative teen-age years turned into a “modernized” TV show by a bunch of creatively bankrupt executives who
    think they’re being edgy by gender swapping/race switching characters & situations to the point of having no connection to the original source material other than by title & character name, then shoehorning their concept into whatever the lasted TV trend is popular, in this case the anthology paradigm.

    Talk about a “box ticking” concept. One Heather will be black and lesbian? Why not go for the trifecta and put her in a wheelchair? Another Heather will be a male with gender issues named Heath? Must’ve been a lot of self congratulatory back slaps going on after that brilliant idea.

    The folks at TV Land must really hate the fans of the Heathers movie and think they’re stupid idiots who will tune in each week to watch a TV show that pisses on the original classic. When word spreads (and I’ll be reposting this takedown on every social media outlet, so don’t bother deleting or denying its place here in the comments section) what TV Land is doing, they’d save money & time by filming a plate of flaming crap for an hour and calling it Heathers: The TV Show.

    • Rena Moretti says:

      Darin:

      Thank you for a refreshingly honest take on this.

      I agree 100%.

      The Heather TV remake is the equivalent of Ocean’s 8. “Hey we bored everyone silly with the two crappy sequels. Let’s remake it with women only. It’s brilliant and edgy!!!”

      The hatred of Hollywood executives for all things creative or original leads them to this orgy of bad remakes.

      Sadly, with this season’s poorly rated MacGyver and Lethal Weapon remakes being dubbed “hits” by a compliant media, there’ll be at least three more seasons of crappy remakes coming our way, produced and directed by the same inept people.

      I was surprised they didn’t take away Ironside’s wheelchair when they remade it (and its failure did of course nothing to deter tham from doing more of the same…)

  2. Rena Moretti says:

    Hollywood’s War on Creativity continues. :(

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