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We’re Getting a Heathers TV Series, and it Sounds…Wow

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, TV Land is currently developing a series based on the 1988 Winona Ryder and Christian Slater film Heathers.

TV Land’s Heathers will be an anthology series written by Jason Micallef (Butter), and, comparable to FX’s Fargo, may feature a new location and cast of characters each season.

Although the original film took a darkly comedic look at an elite high school clique of white, wealthy, conventionally attractive women (“the Heathers”), THR says that the series will feature a very different popular crowd:

TV Land’s take 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. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) is a black lesbian; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck.

I don’t know were THR got those descriptions or that wording from, but it sounds like Heather Duke is being misgendered and deadnamed here, which makes me really nervous. I love that the new Heathers will have women of diverse body sizes, genders, and races as its main characters, but I want that representation to be accomplished in a way that’s respectful and positive.

Thoughts?

(via Comic Book Resources)

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