In the midst of the carnage of fall television renewal/cancellation announcements, we’ve learned one piece of great news: Archie is coming to TV! Riverdale, a one-hour live-action drama, will premiere this fall on the CW. While the show will focus on the immortal ourobouros that is the love triangle between Archie, Betty, and Veronica (with plenty of commentary from Jughead, we’re assuming), the series also promises subversion, with the press release saying that the show will explore “the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.”
Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater is understandably excited:
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics – and I couldn’t be more proud… it’s a culmination of my time here, and I’m eager to see Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The CW, Warner Brothers Studios, and the cast bring Riverdale to viewers every week. My promise to fans? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
Riverdale stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.
So what does everyone think? We’re intrigued by darkness and weirdness… will we be seeing any of you in Riverdale?