Shannen Doherty announced Tuesday on Instagram that she will have a role in the Viacom-owned cable network’s TV reboot.
“Sneak peek from the #Heathers set … jealous much? @tvland,” Doherty posted.
Doherty originated the role of Heather Duke in the 1988 feature film on which the TV Land pilot is based. The film centered on Veronica (played by Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) and their trials and tribulations dealing with the social order in high school.
The cabler’s Heathers is an anthology 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 played by Jasmine Mathews; Heather Duke (Doherty) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath (played by Brendan Scannell); and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck and will be played by Melanie Field. Newcomers James Scully and Grace Victoria Cox star as J.D. and Veronica, respectively.
Details on Doherty’s role are being kept under wraps; TV Land would only confirm that she will portray a “pivotal, unnamed character.”
Production on TV Land’s Heathers is currently under way in Los Angeles. Jason Micallef (Butter) penned the script with the pilot directed by Leslye Headland (Sleeping With Other People). Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi executive produce. Sources say the anthology component will be similar to FX’s Fargo and feature a new group of “Heathers” — no matter the setting.
For Doherty, the Heathers role comes as the actress has been battling breast cancer.