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“Riverdale” Picked Up By The CW!


It’s a good time for Archie Comics and the fans of the now 75 year old “America’s Favorite Teenager.”  The CW has officially picked up Riverdale!  The live-action series has been known about for a while; the announcement that The CW picked up the pilot episode is highly rewarding for those that have been waiting since the Veronica Fish promotional art debuted.

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Image courtesy of Archie Comics. Artwork by Veronica Fish.

Riverdale promises to explore the “small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.”  Some time ago when it was revealed that Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa would write and produce, fans have speculated on the tone of the series.  Considering Sacasa’s involvement with the comics, especially “Sabrina The Teenage Witch” and “Afterlife With Archie”, it will be interesting to see how far The CW’s series will delve into “the darkness and weirdness” of Riverdale.

The CW’s latest comic-book based series, Riverdale, is in great hands.  Besides Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing and producing, the new show also has the involvement of Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions.  Greg Berlanti’s work on Arrow, The Flash, and now Supergirl has seen those series soar to new heights and his work on Riverdale should be equally impressive.  Let’s not forget Everwood, one of the most popular CW series during the early to mid 2000’s.

While not much else is known about Riverdale, we are told that the popular Kevin Keller will “play a pivotal role.”  Keller is best known as a newly introduced openly gay friend to Archie and co.  We’ll also see Reggie Mantle and Jughead Jones.

We’re pretty excited for The CW’s Riverdale.  We’ve been enjoying the Mark Waid reboot, along with Chip Zdarksy’s Jughead, and we can’t wait for this summer’s Betty and Veronica.  Archie Comics is one of our favorite publishers and we could not be happier to see one of the most beloved and recognizable of characters being given the television treatment.  If Riverdale is successful (which it most certainly will be), it would be fun to see characters like Sabrina The Teenage Witch and Josie and the Pussycats possibly get a spin-off.  We know Josie will appear and with the promise of “darkness and weirdness”, not to mention Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa writing/producing, I would not be surprised if we get Sabrina at some point during the series.

…Now when are we getting a Dark Circle Comics television series?


2016 is sure to be a major year for Archie Comics, as America’s Favorite Teenager celebrates 75 years of existence. But the party kicked off in a major way today with news that The CW has officially picked up the pilot episode for the live-action “Riverdale” TV series, to start filming this spring.

The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.

The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.

Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.

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