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Paramount Network’s Shelved ‘Heathers’ Adaptation Gets International Distribution

Satirical high school black comedy was pulled after Parkland shooting

Paramount Network’s shelved “Heathers” adaptation has secured international distribution for the show in several European and African markets.

Jason Micallef’s series adaptation of the ’80s cult classic was delayed and eventually scrapped by the fledgling Viacom network last month. Featuring suicides by several high school students and the destruction of a school building, the show was deemed too controversial to air on the ad-supported network in the weeks following the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. In a statement, the Viacom network said its decision to hit the pause button in the series was “right thing to do.”

It will instead air on HBO or its streaming service in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden, Spain, Andorra, Portugal, Angola, Cape Verde, Guinea Bissau, Mozambique, Sao Tome & Principe.

Digiturk will air the series in Turkey and Cyprus; OTE will get it in Greece; and Icelandic viewers can catch it on Siminn.

At the time of the decision to shelve the series in the U.S., the 10-episode first season of the planned anthology had been completed and writers had already begun development on a second set of episodes.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news of the distribution deal.

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