'Heathers': The TV Series Coming From Bravo - Cool or Sacrilegious?
The Original Mean Girls' Daughters Are the New Mean Girls
Is this the worst idea ever? Possibly. On the other hand, if there's any network that understands the behavior of mean girls, it's Bravo.
The cable network known for the diva, tantrum-throwing, family member-torturing -- let's shorthand it, beeotchy -- behavior of its Real Housewives stars is developing a TV series version of Heathers, the 1989 Winona Ryder/Christian Slater dark comedy gem.
The new Heathers will pick up 20 years after the original story, as Veronica -- the character played by Ryder in the movie -- moves back to Sherwood, Ohio with her teenage daughter, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The surviving Heathers -- Heathers Duke and McNamara, played by Shannen Doherty and Lisanne Falk in the movie -- also have teens, named Ashley, and the Ashleys are the new Westerberg High mean girls who Veronica's daughter will battle.
The movie has already been turned into a stage musical, and Ryder has, for years, been talking about a planned sequel to the big-screen action.
And the TV series adaptation was originally set up at Fox in 2009. Sex and the City and The Big C producer/writer Jenny Bicks was attached to the project then, and she will write and executive produce the Bravo Heathers series as well.
Ryder, Doherty nor Slater is attached to the new series, though most of the characters from the movie are rumored to factor into the show.
So, bottom line, is this a good thing or a bad thing? The Heathers series is part of an overall push by Bravo to launch a slate of original scripted series, though some people would point out that shows like the various Real Housewives series and Bravo's other more notorious reality shows are quite scripted.
But, in fairness, if talented people are attached to make the original scripted series Bravo wants to become known for, there's every reason they could be good and successful.
After all, remember AMC before 2007? Exactly. The network showed old movies and various documentaries about them.
But since the launch of Mad Men and Breaking Bad, AMC has quickly become known as the home of two of the best TV shows of all time.
Besides, again, if Bravo wants to throw some real mean girls into the mix, execs really need not look further than its own backyard, with some of the Real Housewives women and those annoying, self-obsessed women from Gallery Girls.