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The CW has commissioned a new TV series that features some familiar characters that we all know and love: Betty, Veronica, Jughead, Archie, and the rest of the Archie gang. Falling in line with the Archie Comics series 75th anniversary, Riverdale is scheduled to premiere during the network’s 2016-2017 television season.
The new series is bound to be packed with nostalgia, adventure, teenage melodramatics, and everything else we love, so we decided to curate a list of everything we know about Riverdale so far:
Riverdale is a stretch away from your average, grocery store Archie comic. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, the Chief Creative Officer of the Archie Comics, describes the new series as “weirder” and “darker.” Aguirre-Sacasa, who wrote the script to Riverdale‘s pilot episode, has compared the show to the 1990 cult-favourite Twin Peaks.
Following a similar format to Twin Peaks, Riverdale will be far from a lighthearted sitcom. Taking place during the start of a new school year and following the death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom, Archie and the gang’s storyline will focus on secrets, intrigue and scandal.
The series’ main character, Archie Andrews, will be played by K.J. Apa, a low-key actor with a small resume, most known for his work in Shortland Street, a five-nights-a-week hospital soap opera. Riverdale‘s version of Archie Andrews is still described as the All-American teen that we all know and love, but with a newfound interest in music and an extra complicated dating life.
Camila Mendes has been casted to play the snooty and beautiful Veronica Lodge. In Riverdale, Veronica will return to Riverdale High from New York, “eager to reinvent herself after a scandal involving her father.” Staying true to the traditional comics, Veronica will capture Archie’s attention straight from the start of the show and also have a close but strenuous friendship with Betty Cooper.
The sweet and eager-to-please Betty Cooper will be played by Lili Reinhart, an actress with a deep passion for the performing arts. Riverdale‘s version of Betty will of course, have an undying love for Archie, but will also be dealing with the repercussions of having an emotionally abusive and over-bearing mother.
Burger-loving Jughead will be played by a face that we all know from our Disney Channel days, Cole Sprouse. Cole’s portrayal of Jughead will mark his return to the acting scene since the last episode of The Suite Life On Deck aired in 2011. Riverdale‘s Jughead will be “a philosophically bent heartthrob” who is in the middle of a rift with his former best friend, Archie.
Staying true to the promise of a weirder and darker Archie, CW has already released some eyebrow-raising plot twists of the upcoming TV show.
Archie has been having a “forbidden” relationship
The official Riverdale synopsis mentions the sudden end of Archie’s forbidden relationship with his teacher, Ms. Grundy. In the original comics, Ms. Grundy is an old, miserable math and English teacher with no sense of humor. Luckily for us, Riverdale‘s version of Ms. Grundy teaches music, not math. Oh, and her hair’s not graying just yet.
Betty may be a drug addict
Okay, so not hardcore, find-yourself-in-the-middle-of-an-underground-sewer-with-no-recollection-of-how-you-got-there kind of drugs. Based off of ComicBook.com’s synopsis release, blonde-haired Betty will still keep her girl-next-door persona. Reinhart confirmed in an interview with Vulture that in order to keep up with her stressful life, Riverdale‘s Betty will have a strong dependence on Adderall.
An official trailer for the much anticipated Riverdale has yet to be released, but to hold us over until we receive more information about the show, we do have this cute photograph of the cast on set.