Riverdale (2017 TV series)

Last updated on 22 October 2017

Riverdale is an American television series based on the characters by Archie Comics. The series was adapted for The CW by Archie Comics' chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. The series is produced by CBS Television Studios and Warner Bros. Television, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. Originally conceived as a feature film adaptation for Warner Bros. Pictures, the idea was re-imagined as a television series for Fox. In 2015, development on the project moved to The CW, where the series was ordered for a pilot. Filming takes place in Vancouver, British Columbia.

The series features an ensemble cast based on the characters of Archie Comics, with KJ Apa in the role of Archie Andrews; Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, and Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, the series' narrator. The cast also features Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. Other characters in the series include Fred Andrews, Alice Cooper, FP Jones, and Hermione Lodge, the parents of Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica respectively.

The thirteen-episode first season premiered on January 26, 2017 to positive reviews, before concluding on May 11, 2017. On March 7, 2017, The CW renewed the series for a second season, which premiered on October 11, 2017. In September 2017, a spin-off series, titled The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, was revealed to be in development.

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Premise

The series follows Archie Andrews' life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.[1]

Cast and characters

Main

  • KJ Apa as Archibald "Archie" Andrews: An intense and conflicted teen, Archie is a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working at his father's construction business. He is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music—against the wishes of his father and his football coach.[2]
  • Lili Reinhart as Elizabeth "Betty" Cooper: A sweet, smart, eager-to-please and beautiful girl with a longtime crush on her best friend, Archie. She is tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., so she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice—much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.[3]
  • Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge: A beautiful, sophisticated, confident, silver-tongued high school sophomore and former socialite. Veronica is the "new girl" in town and is eager for a fresh start. Veronica sees the move to Riverdale from New York as an opportunity to reinvent herself while making amends to redeem herself from the rich spoiled girl she once was. Humbled from her old ways in the past and from an embezzlement scandal involving her father, she and her mother have lost most of their status and wealth.[4]
  • Cole Sprouse as Forsythe "Jughead" Jones III: A philosophically inclined social outcast who was once the best friend of Archie, who is still dealing with the rift that came between them over the summer. His father is the leader of a local motorcycle gang called the Southside Serpents.[3]
  • Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge: Veronica's mother, who has returned to Riverdale with her daughter in order to continue a deal established by Lodge Industries and to start an affair with Fred Andrews, following the recent incarceration of her husband Hiram Lodge.[5]
  • Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom: A wealthy, entitled, and manipulative girl who recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.[6]
  • Ashleigh Murray as Josephine "Josie" McCoy: A striving, competitive, fierce, snooty, and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats.[2]
  • Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper: Polly and Betty's mother, who is the editor of the local paper. She is a controlling and demanding perfectionist who places exceedingly high expectations on her daughters.[7]
  • Luke Perry as Frederick "Fred" Andrews: Archie's father, who owns a construction firm that he hopes his son will take over one day.[8]
  • Mark Consuelos as Hiram Lodge: Veronica's father, who was recently incarcerated for illegal activities.[9]
  • Casey Cott as Kevin Keller: An openly gay high school student who is friends with Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge. He is the son of Riverdale's sheriff. Cott was promoted to series regular in the second season.[10]
  • Skeet Ulrich as Forsythe "F.P." Jones II: The estranged father of Jughead, and the leader of the Southside Serpents, a gang of criminals that live and operate on the fringes of Riverdale.[11][12] Ulrich was promoted to series regular in the second season.[13]

Recurring

  • Martin Cummins as Sheriff Keller: The town's police chief and Kevin's father.[14]
  • Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy: the Mayor of Riverdale and mother of Josie McCoy.[15]
  • Nathalie Boltt as Penelope Blossom: The mother of Cheryl and Jason.
  • Lochlyn Munro as Hal Cooper: The father of Polly and Betty, and husband to Alice Cooper.[16]
  • Colin Lawrence as Coach Floyd Clayton: The father of Chuck, and coach of Riverdale Bulldogs Football Team.
  • Peter James Bryant as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee: the principal of Riverdale High School.
  • Sarah Habel as Miss Geraldine Grundy: Riverdale High School's young music teacher, who had a sexual relationship with Archie over the summer. It is revealed in the fourth episode of Riverdale that Grundy moved to Riverdale after changing her name from Jennifer Gibson after her divorce, to escape from an abusive relationship. Since then Grundy has moved from Riverdale to avoid police capture because of her relationship with Archie.
  • Ross Butler (season 1) and Charles Melton (season 2) as Reginald "Reggie" Mantle: Archie's long-time friend and rival, a football player at Riverdale High and town prankster.[17] Butler left the series after season 1 owing to his commitments as a series regular on 13 Reasons Why; Melton has been cast to take over the role of Reggie in season 2.[18][19]
  • Jordan Calloway as Chuck Clayton: A football-star jock at Riverdale High School with a reputation for being a player[11]
  • Rob Raco as Joaquin DeSantos: The youngest member of the Southside Serpents, who finds himself tied between a romantic relationship with Kevin and the mystery of Jason Blossom's murder.[20]
  • Asha Bromfield as Melody Valentine: The drummer for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats.
  • Cody Kearsley as Marmaduke "Moose" Mason: Archie's bicurious jock friend who propositions Kevin.[17]
  • Hayley Law as Valerie Brown: The songwriter, bassist, and backup vocalist for the popular band Josie and the Pussycats and Archie's ex-girlfriend.
  • Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs: A victim of Chuck Clayton's slut-shaming.[21]
  • Trevor Stines as Jason Blossom: Cheryl's twin brother, whose murder hangs over the town of Riverdale.
  • Olivia Ryan Stern as Tina Patel: The super-smart little sister of Archie Comics character Raj Patel, Tina has been described as an Indian Veronica. Tina is one of Cheryl Blossom's best friends.
  • Caitlin Mitchell-Markovitch as Ginger Lopez: One of Cheryl's best friends.
  • Major Curda as Dilton Doiley: The leader of the town's troop of Ranger Scouts. Daniel Yang portrayed Dilton in the pilot.
  • Tiera Skovbye as Polly Cooper: The older sister of Betty, and the daughter of Alice and Hal Cooper. She is pregnant with Jason Blossom's children.[22]
  • Barclay Hope as Clifford Blossom: The father of Cheryl and Jason.
  • Alvin Sanders as Pop Tate: The owner of the local diner; Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe.
  • Tom McBeath as Smithers: The Lodge family butler.[11]
  • Adain Bradley as Trev Brown: The younger brother of Valerie.
  • Hart Denton as Chic Cooper: The long-lost older brother of Betty and Polly.[23]

Guest

  • Raúl Castillo as Oscar Castillo: A serious and successful songwriter from New York who is a visiting professor at Riverdale's Carson College who agrees to audition Archie in the hopes of possibly mentoring the aspiring singer-songwriter.[24]
  • Molly Ringwald as Mary Andrews: Archie's mother, who left two years ago to Chicago to follow her dreams, but returns to Riverdale in her family's hour of need. She not only reconnects with Archie and her husband, Fred, but also her former high school friends Hermione and Alice.[25]

Episodes

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired Nielsen ratings
First aired Last aired Rank Average viewers
(in millions inc. DVR)
1 13 January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 154 1.69[26]
2 22[27] October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) TBA TBA TBA

Season 1 (2017)

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1 1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) T15.10136 1.38[28]
During an eventful summer, including the tragic death of quarterback Jason Blossom on the Fourth of July, Archie Andrews discovers his passion for music. He soon begins his sophomore year and expresses his love for music to Betty Cooper, the sweet girl-next-door who harbors her own secret—her feelings for Archie. Meanwhile, Veronica Lodge, the daughter of Hermione and Hiram, a millionaire facing embezzlement charges, arrives in town, instantly capturing Archie's attention. Despite the fact that a love triangle is developing, Betty and Veronica become fast friends, united when Veronica stands up against the condescending captain of the cheerleading squad, Cheryl Blossom, who may be hiding a secret concerning her brother's death. Archie's former best friend, Jughead Jones, begins to write a novel retelling the events of the summer, including what happened between him and Archie. Kevin Keller and Moose Mason stumble across Jason's body by the lake.
2 2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa February 2, 2017 (2017-02-02) T13.20302 1.15[29]
Veronica's kiss with Archie strains his relationship with both girls, while Miss Grundy insists that he not reveal that the two of them heard the gunshot that may have killed Jason since it would also expose their secret affair. Kevin, disturbed by the discovery of Jason's body, refuses to acknowledge Moose's affections for him. Jughead, after accidentally discovering Archie and Grundy holding hands, deduces their secret and confronts Archie for refusing to go to the sheriff, Kevin's father. Archie asks his father, Fred, for advice and decides to come clean. Cheryl strikes up a friendship with Betty, but it soon ends when it becomes clear that she blames Betty's sister, Polly, for Jason's death. At a pep rally in his honor, Cheryl runs away after hallucinating Jason on the field; in the locker room, where Veronica has followed to comfort her, Cheryl admits to her that Jason was supposed to "come back." Against the wishes of her mother, Alice, Betty renews her friendship with both Archie and Veronica, while Archie also reconciles with Jughead. The next day, during science class, Cheryl is arrested due to evidence from Jason's autopsy, which revealed that he was actually murdered a week after the Fourth of July.
3 3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" Lee Toland Krieger Yolonda E. Lawrence February 9, 2017 (2017-02-09) T13.20303 1.20[30]
Cheryl is questioned by Sheriff Keller about her role in Jason's death, but she gets bailed out by her parents, Clifford and Penelope. Betty, upset with how Alice is attacking the Blossom family in the press, restarts the school newspaper, the Blue and Gold, and sends Jughead to interview the Adventure Scouts who found Cheryl at Sweet Water River just after Jason died. Veronica is enraged to learn that Chuck Clayton, whom she had one date with, has been slut shaming her to the rest of the school and, when he refuses to stop, she, Betty, and Cheryl find evidence linking him and his friends, including Jason, to the shaming. Jughead learns from one of the Scouts that the shot heard on the Fourth of July was fired by the troop's Scoutmaster, Dilton Doiley, during a training exercise. Betty and Veronica drug and torture Chuck until he apologizes and Jughead pressures Dilton to come clean. Fred builds Archie a studio in which to practice, Chuck is kicked off the football team, and Betty and Cheryl burn the evidence together. Dilton reveals that he saw Miss Grundy's car by the river and Jughead realizes Archie's secret is at risk.
4 4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" Mark Piznarski Michael Grassi February 16, 2017 (2017-02-16) T13.20304 1.14[31]
Jughead despairs over the news that the local drive-in where he works is closing and compares Riverdale's atmosphere of suspicion to that of Salem. At the diner, Betty spots Archie and Fred having dinner with Miss Grundy and she confronts him about their relationship. Under the guise of an interview, Betty questions Miss Grundy about her life, while Veronica demands answers from Hermione upon learning she was speaking to a gangbanger; Hermione insists that nothing shady happened. Betty and Veronica meet with Archie and inform him that there is no trace of Geraldine Grundy ever existing aside from a woman who died seven years ago. They break into her car and find a gun and ID with the name "Jennifer Gibson." Grundy reveals that she was in an abusive relationship and only wanted to escape. At the drive-in's final night, Veronica spots Hermione meeting with the same man from before. Alice exposes Archie's affair and threatens to put Grundy on trial, but agrees to stand down as long as she leaves town. Sheriff Keller finds that all of his evidence pertaining to Jason's murder has been stolen. Jughead vandalizes the projectionist's booth before leaving his temporary home in full view of the gang leader, who turns out to be his father.
5 5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" Jesse Warn Ross Maxwell February 23, 2017 (2017-02-23) T13.20305 0.98[32]
Clifford and Penelope refuse to allow Cheryl to speak at Jason's memorial, but she does so anyway, ultimately breaking down during her speech while wearing the white dress she had on the day he left. Coach Clayton pits Archie and Reggie against each other for the coveted spot of team captain. Archie is introduced to a potential songwriting mentor, who ultimately decides not to teach him. Trev informs Betty that Jason had become much more secretive in the weeks before his death and was rumored to be selling drugs. Jughead suggests searching the Blossom family mansion for clues during the memorial dinner. He and Betty encounter Jason's grandmother, Rose, who mistakes Betty for Polly and reveals that she and Jason were engaged. While cleaning the diner, Hermione finds a box with a snake inside it, a warning from the Serpents. Betty learns that her family has hated the Blossoms ever since their ancestor killed great-grandfather Cooper decades before. Archie is named captain, but turns it down to focus on his music. Jughead and Betty deduce that her father, Hal, is responsible for stealing the sheriff's evidence.
6 6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" Steven A. Adelson Tessa Leigh Williams & Nicholas Zwart March 2, 2017 (2017-03-02) T13.20306 1.09[33]
With Riverdale High's annual variety show approaching, Valerie's efforts to help Archie prepare for his debut performance lead to a major fallout with Josie. Meanwhile, Betty and Jughead's investigation into Jason's murder brings them face-to-face with Betty's sister Polly, who is revealed to be captive at a home for troubled youth, unaware of Jason's death and seven months pregnant. As Veronica decides to rebuild her relationship with her mother, she learns that Hermione is using her for her own purposes. At the same time, Hermione's first day of work at Andrews Construction brings her closer to Fred. Josie deals with her own family pressures after her father visits for her performance at the variety show. Betty confronts Hal and Alice about Jason's death to no avail, but grows closer to Jughead, eventually kissing him. After, they discover a car hidden in the woods containing drugs and Jason's belongings. However, an unknown perpetrator torches the car and destroys all the evidence before the police arrive, around the same time that Polly escapes from the home.
7 7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" Allison Anders Aaron Allen March 9, 2017 (2017-03-09) T13.20307 1.03[34]
Cheryl informs Sheriff Keller that Polly has escaped and the town organizes a search party to find her, which fails. As tensions continue to grow between the Blossoms and the Coopers, Betty finds her sister hiding in the attic of their house. Cheryl offers to help Betty take care of Polly. F.P., after being offered a job by Fred, reveals that he and Fred founded Andrews Construction together, but Fred kicked him out of the business after bailing him out of jail. Fred counters that F.P. was stealing money from him while abusing drugs and alcohol and that he had no choice. Jughead is taken into custody as a suspect in Jason's murder, but Fred provides Keller with an alibi. Cheryl suspects that her parents have bad intentions with Polly, so Polly moves in with the Lodges instead. F.P. is revealed to have Jason's jacket in his trailer.
8 8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" David Katzenberg Julia Cohen March 30, 2017 (2017-03-30) T13.20308 0.99[35]
Polly reveals to Sheriff Keller that Jason was supposed to make a drug delivery for "some biker gang", implied to be the Southside Serpents, in exchange for money before both of them ran away. Veronica suggests hosting a baby shower for Polly. Fred's workers leave because of promised work from Clifford. Archie tries to help Fred by getting some friends to work on the construction project, but Moose is attacked after witnessing someone vandalize the machinery and warned they should stop. After a confrontation with F.P. Jones in the Serpents' bar, Archie realizes Jughead's father is a Serpent. At the baby shower, Penelope and Alice argue over with whom Polly should live. Alice learns that Hal threatened Polly with an abortion, and when he refuses to let her come back, Alice kicks him out of the Cooper household. F.P. recruits some of his Serpents to replace Fred's crew and informs Hermione that Hiram was behind the attack on Fred's construction site. Polly chooses to live with the Blossoms.
9 9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" Lee Rose James DeWille April 6, 2017 (2017-04-06) T13.20309 0.91[36]
As the Blossom family's annual maple tree-tapping ceremony approaches, Cheryl asks Archie to be her escort. When he refuses, Penelope offers to get him into an exclusive music school as a favor. Veronica grows close to Ethel but, when Hermione reveals that her father was one of Hiram's investors, she becomes distraught upon learning that he attempted suicide due to his financial hardship. Alice prepares to publish a full-blown exposé on the Blossoms, but Hal fires her from the paper as retaliation for being kicked out of the house. Betty gets a call from Archie, learning that Polly moved in with the Blossoms to uncover the truth about Jason's death. She and Jughead decide to write the tell-all exposé in the Blue and Gold and ask Alice to join them. Finally realizing that the Blossoms are using him, Archie attempts to reconcile with Val, but she breaks up with him.
10 10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" Dawn Wilkinson Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson April 13, 2017 (2017-04-13) T13.20310 0.87[37]
Fred leaves for Chicago to finalize his divorce, leaving Archie alone. Betty learns that Jughead's birthday is coming up and that he has never had an actual party. She and Veronica persuade Archie to let them throw it at his house. Hiram threatens retaliation against Hermione if Veronica refuses to testify on his behalf. The Vixens elect Veronica as captain over Cheryl, who retaliates by crashing the party with Chuck and his friends. F.P. also shows up after Betty's insistence. Jughead argues with Betty and tries to leave, but Cheryl forces him to stay for a "game" in which participants are forced to reveal their secrets. Jughead and Chuck get into a fight and F.P. declares the party over. He urges his son to reconcile with Betty and confronts Alice, implying she was once a member of the Serpents. Archie and Veronica comfort each other and share a kiss. Veronica agrees to testify on Hiram's behalf. To Archie's surprise, his father returns home with his mother, Mary.
11 11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" Kevin Sullivan Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa April 27, 2017 (2017-04-27) T13.20311 0.89[38]
While Archie and his mother reconnect, Veronica learns that Hiram may soon be released from prison. F.P. questions the purpose of Jughead's novel, urging him to consider moving on. To learn the truth about Hiram, Veronica decides to investigate F.P. as a possible suspect in Jason's murder. The Blossoms, increasingly suspicious of Polly, forbid her from entering their master bedroom. Fred and Mary agree to attend homecoming together. Polly and Cheryl discover the former's engagement ring in Penelope's jewelry collection, which she claims is because Jason threw it away in disgust after arguing with Clifford. At a contentious dinner, Alice tries to question F.P., but he shuts her down. Afterwards, he informs Jughead that they will be moving to Toledo to reunite with the rest of the Jones family. While Archie and Veronica perform "Kids in America" at homecoming, the police execute a search warrant on F.P.'s trailer, find a gun, and arrest him for murder. Jughead disappears and Archie and Veronica deduce that someone is framing F.P. for Jason's death.
12 12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" Rob Seidenglanz Michael Grassi May 4, 2017 (2017-05-04) T13.20312 0.98[39]
Jughead calls his mother, but she refuses to let him move in with her. F.P. confesses to everything, including Jason's murder. Betty and Alice catch Hal trying to destroy evidence and learn the family secret: the Coopers are, in fact, Blossoms by blood, making Jason and Polly's relationship technically incest. The Coopers take Polly back to their home. Mary, posing as F.P.'s lawyer, advises Jughead to visit his father, who tells him never to come see him again. With Joaquin's help, the group tracks down one of F.P.'s associates, but finds him dead of an apparent overdose. The police are summoned and find a bag full of money with Hermione's initials on it. With both Hal and Hermione cleared as suspects, Jughead and Betty investigate a lead from Kevin and find Jason's varsity jacket. Inside one of the pockets, they find a thumb drive and discover Clifford murdered Jason, which they tell Cheryl. Nevertheless, Jughead learns that his father's other charges will not be dropped. Veronica learns that Hiram has been released and is coming to Riverdale and Mary returns to Chicago. When the police go to arrest Clifford, they discover he has hanged himself in the syrup distillery.
13 13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" Lee Toland Krieger Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) T13.20313 0.96[40]
It is revealed that Clifford was in the drug business and Jason found out. Clifford killed Jason to stop him from exposing the family business. F.P. is cleared of all charges relating to the murder, but remains in police custody. Alice reveals to Betty that, in high school, she found out she was pregnant, but Hal sent her to the Sisters of Silent Mercy and made her give up the child, a baby boy, for adoption. Jughead is placed in the care of a foster family and transfers to Southside High. Devastated by her father's secrets and suicide, Cheryl attempts to drown herself in Sweetwater River, but Archie, along with Veronica, Betty, and Jughead, saves her. Cheryl later burns down the Thornhill mansion, much to Penelope's dismay. The next day, Archie meets Fred at Pop's, where a masked gunman arrives and demands Pop turn over his money. He then tells Fred to turn over his wallet at gunpoint. When Archie tries to intervene, the gunman shoots Fred.

Season 2 (2017)

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14 1 "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" Rob Seidenglanz Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) T13.20801 2.34[41]
After being shot, Fred is rushed to the hospital by Archie, who is soon joined by his friends. Sheriff Keller gains a description of the shooter from Archie and calls him in for a lineup, but none of the men in the lineup are the shooter. When Veronica searches Fred's belongings, Archie sees that his wallet is missing. Betty and Jughead visit Pop's to look for the wallet but find nothing; instead, they learn from Pop that the shooter did not take any money from the register, meaning that it was actually a hit against Fred. Jughead asks the Southside Serpents to investigate the shooting, but to no avail. Veronica accuses Hermione of hiring a hitman to kill Fred, but she vehemently denies this and tensions develop between them when Veronica is not sure of her mother is telling the truth. Meanwhile, Cheryl intimidates Penelope—who suffers severe burns due to the fire at their mansion and is hospitalized—into lying that it was an accident. Fred survives his shooting. Hiram returns to Riverdale, further escalating the tensions in the Lodge family. In the nearby town of Greendale, Ms. Grundy is strangled to death by Fred's shooter.
15 2 "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" Allison Anders Michael Grassi October 18, 2017 (2017-10-18) T13.20802 1.76[42]
After learning of Ms. Grundy's murder, an increasingly anxious Archie suspects that her death is connected with Fred's shooting, which pushes him to ask Dilton Doiley for a gun to further protect himself. Following the shooting, business at Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe has sharply declined, leading Pop to consider selling the diner, but Betty convinces Pop not to sell and instead let her throw a retro fun night to drum up business. Jughead learns that F.P. is facing 20 years in prison and seeks help from Penny Peabody, a Serpent lawyer, who advises Jughead to ask the Blossoms to testify on F.P.'s behalf. Cheryl initially refuses, but relents when Betty extorts her with the video of Jason's murder. With Cheryl's testimony, the judge decides to revisit F.P's sentence, and when F.P finds out Jughead had been talking to Peabody, he warns him of what may come from their meeting. Hiram quietly buys the diner from Pop, but tells Veronica he made a "charitable donation". After the event, Hiram tells Veronica that the family butler, Smithers, has gone on leave to care for an ill relative, which has Veronica suspicious. In the woods, Moose Mason and Midge Klump take some jingle jangle, and as they do so, they are shot dead by Fred's shooter.
16 3 "Chapter Sixteen: The Watcher in the Woods"[43] Kevin Sullivan Ross Maxwell October 25, 2017 (2017-10-25) TBA TBD
17 4 "Chapter Seventeen: The Town That Dreaded Sundown"[44] Allison Anders Amanda Lasher November 1, 2017 (2017-11-01) TBA TBD
18 5 "Chapter Eighteen: When a Stranger Calls"[45] Ellen Pressman Aaron Allen November 8, 2017 (2017-11-08) TBA TBD
19 6 "Chapter Nineteen: Death Proof"[46] TBA Tessa Leigh Williams & Arabella Anderson November 15, 2017 (2017-11-15)[47] TBA TBD
20 7 "Chapter Twenty: Tales from the Darkside"[48] TBA James DeWille November 29, 2017 (2017-11-29)[47] TBA TBD
21 8 "Chapter Twenty-One: House of the Devil"[49] TBA Yolonda Lawrence TBA TBA TBD
22 9 "Chapter Twenty-Two: Silent Night, Deadly Night"[50] TBA Shepard Boucher TBA TBA TBD
23 10 "Chapter Twenty-Three: The Blackboard Jungle"[51] TBA Britta Lundin & Brian E. Paterson TBA TBA TBD
24 11 "Chapter Twenty-Four: The Wrestler"[52] TBA Greg Murray & Devon Turner TBA TBA TBD

Production

Development

Warner Bros. began development on an Archie feature film in 2013, after a pitch from writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and director Jason Moore that would place Archie's gang into a teen comedy feature film in the John Hughes tradition.[53] Dan Lin and Roy Lee became producers on the project, which eventually stalled as priorities shifted at Warner Bros. towards larger tentpole films and was reimagined as a television series.[53] Riverdale was originally in development at Fox, with the network landing the project in 2014 with a script deal plus penalty.[54] However, Fox did not go forward with the project. In 2015, the show's development was moved to The CW,[55] which officially ordered a pilot on January 29, 2016.[56] On March 7, 2017, The CW announced that the series had been renewed for a second season.[57]

Casting

Casting Archie was a difficult process, with Aguirre-Sacasa stating "I think we literally saw every redheaded young guy in L.A. It certainly felt that way."[58] The production team found KJ Apa just three days before they had to present screen tests to the network, which created tension in the last few days leading up to the studio presentation.[58]

In April 2017, it was announced Mark Consuelos had signed on for the second season to play Veronica Lodge's father, Hiram Lodge.[59] The role was in second position to his existing role on Pitch but the cancellation of that series was announced on May 1, 2017.[60] The next month, it was announced Charles Melton was cast to take over the role of Reggie from Ross Butler in season 2 due to his status as a series regular on 13 Reasons Why.[19] It was also announced that Casey Cott was promoted to a series regular.[61] In July 2017, it was announced that True Blood star Brit Morgan had been cast in the recurring role of Penny Peabody, an attorney the Southside Serpents call in case of any run-ins with the law.[62] In August 2017, it was announced Graham Phillips had been cast to play Nick St. Clair, Veronica's ex-boyfriend from New York.[63][64]

Filming

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The Pop's Chock'lit Shoppe set in Vancouver

Filming of the pilot began on March 14 and ended on April 1,[65] in Vancouver, British Columbia.[66] Production on the remaining 12 episodes of season one began on September 7 in Vancouver.[67] Sets include Pop Tate's Chock'lit Shoppe, a copy of the functioning diner used in the pilot that is so realistic a truck driver parked his 18-wheeler there, believing that it was open.[68] Production of season two will return to Vancouver and the Fraser Valley. Principal photography began on June 22, 2017.

Release

Broadcast

Netflix acquired the exclusive international broadcast rights to Riverdale,[69] making the series available as an original series to its platform less than a day after its original U.S. broadcast.[70]

Marketing

In July 2016, members of the cast and the executive producers attended San Diego Comic-Con to promote the upcoming series, where they premiered the first episode "Chapter One: The River's Edge".[71] The first trailer for the series was released in early December 2016, while additional teasers followed later that month and into 2017.[72][73] The CW also sponsored multiple Tastemade videos, where they cooked several foods that are popular in the Archie universe.[74][75][76]

Comic-book adaptation

Along with heavily promoting the TV series in their regular comics since January 2017, Archie Comics are planning to release a comic book adaptation of Riverdale, featuring auxiliary story arcs set within the television series' own continuity. The comic book adaptation is being headed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa himself, along with various other writers from the show. Alongside a one-shot pilot issue, illustrated by Alitha Martinez, released in March 2017,[77] the first issue of the ongoing Riverdale comic book series was set to release starting April 2017.[78]

In addition to the adaptation, Archie Comics are releasing a series of compilation graphic novels branded under the title Road to Riverdale. This series features early issues from the New Riverdale reboot line, introducing the audience of the TV series to the regular ongoing comic series that inspired it. Archie Comics plans to re-print the volumes of Road to Riverdale in subsequent months as digest magazines. The first volume was released in March 2017.[78]

Reception

Critical response

The first season of Riverdale has received generally positive reviews from critics. On Rotten Tomatoes, it has a fresh rating of 87% based on 53 reviews, with a weighted average of 7.27/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Riverdale offers an amusingly self-aware reimagining of its classic source material that proves eerie, odd, daring, and above all addictive."[79] On Metacritic, the season has a score of 67 out of 100 based on 35 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[80] Dave Nemetz of TVLine gave the series a "B+" saying that it turned, "out to be an artfully crafted, instantly engaging teen soap with loads of potential."[81]

Some writers have criticized the series for its handling of minority characters. While reviewing the first season, Kadeen Griffiths of Bustle declared "the show marginalizes and ignores the [people of color] in the cast to the point where they may as well not be there."[82] In an article for Vulture, Angelica Jade Bastien discussed the show's treatment of Josie and the Pussycats (who are each played by African Americans), noting, "They're not characters so much as they are a vehicle for a Message. Josie and her fellow pussycats are positioned to communicate the message that Riverdale is more modern and inclusive than teen dramas of the past, even though it has yet to prove it beyond its casting."[83] Monique Jones of Ebony noted, "Despite the show's multi-racial casting choices, it seems like Riverdale is still a mostly white town." She also expressed fondness for the relationship between Archie Andrews and Valerie Brown, but declared "Archie shouldn't be what makes Valerie interesting to us".[84]

Ratings

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
(millions)
18–49 rating
(average)
Date Viewers
(millions)
Date Viewers
(millions)
1 Thursday 9:00 pm 13 January 26, 2017 (2017-01-26) 1.38[28] May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 0.96[40] 2016–17 154 1.69 0.7/2[26]
2 Wednesday 8:00 pm 22[27] October 11, 2017 (2017-10-11) 2.34[41] TBA TBD 2017–18 TBD TBD TBD

Season 1 (2017)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Chapter One: The River's Edge" January 26, 2017 0.5/2 1.38[28] 0.4 1.01 0.9 2.38[85]
2 "Chapter Two: A Touch of Evil" February 2, 2017 0.4/2 1.15[29] 0.4 0.76 0.8 1.91[86]
3 "Chapter Three: Body Double" February 9, 2017 0.5/2 1.20[30] N/A 0.71 N/A 1.90[87]
4 "Chapter Four: The Last Picture Show" February 16, 2017 0.4/1 1.14[31] 0.4 0.73 0.8 1.87[88]
5 "Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness" February 23, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[32] 0.4 0.71 0.7 1.69[89]
6 "Chapter Six: Faster, Pussycats! Kill! Kill!" March 2, 2017 0.4/1 1.09[33] N/A N/A N/A N/A
7 "Chapter Seven: In a Lonely Place" March 9, 2017 0.4/1 1.03[34] 0.3 0.76 0.7 1.80[90]
8 "Chapter Eight: The Outsiders" March 30, 2017 0.4/2 0.99[35] N/A 0.55 N/A 1.54[91]
9 "Chapter Nine: La Grande Illusion" April 6, 2017 0.3/1 0.91[36] N/A 0.63 N/A 1.54[92]
10 "Chapter Ten: The Lost Weekend" April 13, 2017 0.3/1 0.87[37] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.48[93]
11 "Chapter Eleven: To Riverdale and Back Again" April 27, 2017 0.3/1 0.89[38] N/A N/A N/A N/A
12 "Chapter Twelve: Anatomy of a Murder" May 4, 2017 0.3/1 0.98[39] 0.3 0.58 0.6 1.56[94]
13 "Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter" May 11, 2017 0.4/2 0.96[40] N/A 0.56 N/A 1.52[95]

Season 2 (2017)

No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying" October 11, 2017 0.8/3 2.34[41] TBD TBD TBD TBD
2 "Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks" October 18, 2017 0.6/2 1.76[42] TBD TBD TBD TBD

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
2017 Saturn Awards Best Action-Thriller Television Series Riverdale Won [96]
Best Performance by a Younger Actor in a Television Series KJ Apa Nominated
Breakthrough Performance KJ Apa Won [97]
Teen Choice Awards Choice Drama TV Show Riverdale Won [98]
Choice Drama TV Actor Cole Sprouse Won
Choice Breakout TV Show Riverdale Won
Choice Breakout TV Star K.J. Apa Nominated
Lili Reinhart Won
Choice TV Ship #BUGHEAD (Lili Reinhart & Cole Sprouse) Won
Choice Hissy Fit Madelaine Petsch Won
Choice Scene Stealer Camila Mendes Won

Spin-off

In September 2017, it was reported that a live-action television series, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, was being developed for The CW by Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions, with a planned release in the 2018–2019 television season. Based on the comic series of the same name, featuring the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch, the series would be a companion series to Riverdale. Lee Toland Krieger will direct the pilot, which will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa. Both are executive producers along with Berlanti, Schechter, and Goldwater.[99]

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