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Paging Winona Ryder: “Heathers” is Coming to TV

We all know the movie studios are having difficulty coming up with original ideas – how else can you explain every other movie either being a reboot or a sequel – but now it seems to have spread to the Bravo network. 

Known for unscripted series like The Real Housewives of Every Major City, Top Chef, and Flipping Out, the cable channel is going to venture into the world of “original scripted programming,” according to the Hollywood Reporter. However, one of those shows is based on the cult ’80s hit, Heathers. How that’s original, I do not know.

I love, love, love movies from the 1980s, and although I am content having grown up as a ’90s kid, if I could change time I would totally have been a teenager back then. So, those movies are very special to me, and I don’t like the idea of them being tampered with. It’s bad enough when they release something straight to DVD with none of the original cast (hello, A Christmas Story 2), but now you want to do it once a week for an entire season? No.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the TV Heathers will follow Veronica today as she brings her teenage daughter to Sherwood. Her daughter has to deal with the Ashleys, whose mothers are the Heathers. It sounds like a late-to-the-party version of Mean Girls, another movie that I hope never gets a sequel (although it wouldn’t shock me if there’s already one in pre-production).

I know so many awesome and creative people who could make fabulous television shows. While none of them are in the business, I find it hard to believe that there are so few good ideas out there that they must pull from the past. I understand why reality shows are so popular (they’re cheap!), but I will never be able to fathom the current popularity of sequels and reboots. For the most part, the public never likes them! They get angry and insulted and complain about how they’re never as good as the original, and the fact is, those people are almost always right.

I guess next year we can be on the lookout for The Sound of Muzak, about a plucky nanny who solves problems in 30 minutes every week with the help of a widower who composes elevator music, or 42 Candles, with Molly Ringwald as a divorcee who moves back home to live with her parents and attempt to reconnect with Jake Ryan. Hmm”¦that I might actually watch.

What do you think about this new Heathers reboot? Does it belong on television? What movie is untouchable as far as you’re concerned?

By Catherine

Catherine is a Southern California based freelance writer, whose work has appeared in everything from the New York Times to Entertainment Weekly. The highlight of her life (so far) was being featured on MSNBC for a story she wrote on Hello Kitty wines...she knew one day her love of all things HK would come in handy.

14 replies on “Paging Winona Ryder: “Heathers” is Coming to TV”

I hate when reboots just steal character names with pretty much no regard for the original. You could easily make the same series and just have it be about high school cliques without trying to ride the coattails of “Heathers.” I guess they think it’ll get more buzz, but it’s gonna turn off a lot of people too.

Oh God no! Nothing can top a Lifetime movie. Those are even beyond my powers of understanding, and I guilty pleasure the shit out of made for tv movies, especially on Sunday mornings. But this one hits above those- kind of on the same level as the Disney channel tv movies.

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