worst new tv shows of 2018

In the era of Peak TV, it’s inevitable that you’ll get a few clunkers. And Metacritic is here to tell you exactly what those clunkers were in the year 2018. As the year closes out, the review aggregation website has compiled a list of the worst new TV shows of 2018, based on the aggregate critic scores.

At the top of the list is one of the most controversial shows of the year, which inspired backlash before the series even hit its home streaming platform of Netflix: Insatiable. It turns out, critics weren’t having what Insatiable, or these nine other TV shows, were feeding them.

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Green Band Trailer

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising?

This week we go ballin’ with the OGs of suburban croquet, make a tough life or death decision, get ourselves together to live a better life, champion women in the cinematic workplace, and go on a mission to kill our dad. Read More »

heathers tv show review

(This review was written before the Paramount Network made the decision to delay the premiere of Heathers until later this year. As the pilot episode is still available on the network’s site, we have made the decision to run the review.)

Michael Lehmann’s 1988 high school masterpiece Heathers, with a laser-sharp script by Daniel Waters, is ripe with poppy bon mots that still feel devilishly revolutionary, one of those rare late-decade gems that transcends its era while remaining appropriately of-the-time. The movie follows a clique of nasty high school girls – all named Heather – who terrorize their peers, challenging them to lunchroom dares, getting away with their own sort of mean girl terrorism. They’re flanked by a newbie to the group, Veronica Sawyer (Winona Ryder), who seems both appreciative of her newfound status, and cautiously cynical of its effect on her morality. The Heathers and Veronica speak in a referential pop culture code that modern imitators – from Diablo Cody to Ryan Murphy – have helped solidify as Hollywood “teen speak.” The lines drip with irony and humor, but remain unparalleled in originally. This is the film that first asked “what’s your damage?” That told us to “fuck me gently with a chainsaw.” It also popularized the descriptor “how very.”

Heathers has always seemed an untouchable entity in the pantheon of ‘80s classics. Post-Columbine, how do you remake a movie where teen-on-teen violence is funny? The original is, after all, all about Veronica and her sociopathic boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) murdering their classmates then framing their deaths as suicide. In one early scene, J.D. pulls a gun on two students. Later, he and Veronica shoot and kill two jocks and write a suicide note that erroneously outs them as gay lovers. The finale of Heathers has Veronica trapping J.D. in the school and blowing up the gymnasium – and him – with a bomb. That content was ghoulishly appropriate in the ‘80s. But in an era where school gun violence is a weekly occurrence, it doesn’t have the same critical bite.

Which brings us to the Paramount Network’s new anthology adaptation of Heathers, a series hitting airwaves at the exact wrong time, just a few weeks after one of the deadliest school shootings in history.

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heathers tv show delayed

The already-controversial Heathers TV show has been delayed in the wake of the Parkland school shooting. The Paramount Network series was set to debut next week, but will now air at a later, undetermined date.

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heathers trailer

These aren’t the Heathers you remember. In the 1988 cult classic, the original Heathers, played with icy conviction by Kim Walker, Shannon Doherty, and Lisanne Falk, were willowy, beautiful mean girls who terrorized their fellow high school students — until Winona Ryder and Christian Slater’s rebellious outsiders took fatal action against them. Heathers was a heightened, sadistic satire of the pitfalls of high school whose body count would arguably not play well post-Columbine.

But here we are, with a modern reboot of Heathers, only with a new trio of Heathers cast as a body positive bully, a gender-binary guy, and an African-American fashionista. How very.

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heathers tv show

/Film had a one-on-one interview with Jason Micallef, developer and showrunner of the Heathers TV adaptation, after his Television Critics Association panel. We’ll bring you that full interview when the show premieres in March, but during out conversation, Micallef revealed that episode four would have a Kill Bill style fight scene with croquet mallets. One of the croquet fighters is Betty Finn (Nikki SooHoo). Micallef also said that Heathers would shoot full R-rated language for streaming and digital. It will only be bleeped when it airs on the Paramount Network and he confirmed the line “F––k me gently with a chainsaw,” made iconic after the original Heathers movie, is in the show.

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Heathers TV show trailer

Heathers is the latest classic film title to get adapted into a television series. What was originally going to be a half-hour TV Land comedy series based on the 1988 cult classic was turned into an hour-long comedy for the Paramount Network, which will soon take the place of Spike TV. Like FargoHeathers is planned as an anthology series, with each season being conceived to follow a new group of Heathers.

Below, watch the Heathers TV show trailer.

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selma blair joins heathers

Selma Blair is tapping into her cruel intentions and joining the TV reboot of Heathers, the ’80s high school-set black comedy that starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater.

However Blair, who has played her own share of ’90s teen queen bees, won’t be a Heather but a Jade — the “hard-edged, gold-digging” stripper stepmother of Heather Duke. How very.

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Daniel Wu in Into the Badlands Season 2

The TV news keeps on coming, thanks to the TCAs. After the jump:

  • Portlandia has been renewed for one final season.
  • AMC and BBC are teaming up for a new John le Carré miniseries.
  • TV Land officially orders Heathers to series.
  • Louis C.K. and Albert Brooks’ Cops gets a series from TBS.
  • Pierce Brosnan tries on a Texan twang in the first trailer for The Son.
  • Alan Tudyk is Batman’s obnoxious cousin in Powerless.
  • Could Girl Meets World return elsewhere?
  • And more!

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Parker Posey (Café Society) has joined Netflix’s Lost in Space reboot. Meanwhile, filming has started on the Heathers pilot with a star from the original movie, Shannen Doherty. Meanwhile, Get the latest updates on the Lost in Space remake cast and the Heathers reboot below.

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