‘Heathers: The Musical’ will premiere on Roku (TV News Roundup)

Roku is set to release a live capture of the West End stage show “Heathers: The Musical” as a Roku Original special on the Roku Channel. The special will be available to stream in the United States on Friday, September 16.

Based on the cult 1989 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, the musical adaptation follows Westerberg High student Veronica Sawyer, the beautiful but cruel Heathers, and the mysterious rebel Jason “JD” Dean. Ailsa Davidson (Veronica), Simon Gordon (JD), Maddison Firth (Heather Chandler), Vivian Panka (Heather Duke) and Teleri Hughes (Heather McNamara) star in the musical.

Andy Fickman directs the musical, with book, music and lyrics by Kevin Murphy and Laurence O’Keefe. Fickman, Murphy and O’Keefe will produce, along with Bill Kenwright’s Village Roadshow Pictures (VRP) and BKStudios. “Heathers: The Musical” will be filmed at The Other Palace, where the show made its UK debut in 2018.

Check out the trailer below.

Also on today’s news:

FOUNDRY

Merle Dandridge, Josh Randall and Pat Healy have been promoted to series regular roles for Season 6 of “Station 19,” ABC announced Tuesday. Dandridge (“Greenleaf,” “The Flight Attendant”) plays chef Natasha Ross in the new season of Seattle-based spinoff “Grey’s Anatomy.” The first-responder drama also finds Randall (“Ozark,” “Westworld”) as Captain Sean Beckett, a career firefighter with a drinking problem. Finally, Healy (“Killers of the Flower Moon,” “Bad Education”) will play former chef Michael Dixon.

Freeform’s new unscripted series “The Come Up,” one of three original non-fiction series the network is releasing this year, announced its ensemble cast today. Joining the new series are Taofeek Abijako, Fernando Casablancas, Ben Hard, Claude Shwartz, Ebon Trower and Sophia Wilson. Each of the new members flies in their respective fields of modeling, fashion design, photography, acting, and nightlife organization. “The Come Up” is a glimpse into the feelings and moments that define coming of age as a creative in post-pandemic New York. The six young New Yorkers pursue their dreams and pursue love and art on their own terms. The series premieres on Freeform on Tuesday, September 13, with the first four episodes airing back-to-back. After that, two episodes will air every week. All episodes will be available to stream on Hulu the day after they air.

ACQUISITIONS

FilmRise has acquired the digital distribution rights to all 21 seasons of “Cheaters” from Goldstein Pictures Corporation. The package includes over 1,000 episodes of the reality TV series, which premiered in 2000 and focuses on people who believe their partner is cheating on them, so they hire the ‘Cheaters Detective Agency’ to investigate the situation. “Cheaters” is currently available in the US on VH1 and Pluto TV, as well as Amazon’s FilmRise app, The Roku Channel and FreeVee. The deal was brokered by Max Einhorn of FilmRise and Jeff Goldman of Octopean Media, on behalf of Goldstein Pictures Corporation.

FRAMES

BBC Studios has appointed Janet Brown and Tara Maitra to two newly created leadership positions, the company announced on Tuesday. Brown, who previously worked at independent entertainment studio Gunpowder & Sky, has been named president of content distribution in North America and Latin America. In the role, Brown will create the vision and set the strategic direction to drive the continued growth of BBC Studios’ diverse business activities in the regions. During this time, Maitra was promoted to commercial director of global distribution. Previously Commercial Director of BBC Studios Americas, Maitra is now responsible for overseeing global syndication and advertising sales, as well as business transformation and digital business development. Brown and Maitra will be based in New York and will report directly to Rebecca Glashow, CEO of Global Distribution.