With most of its key players and central performers in place ahead of the new teleivison series’ midseason premiere on The CW, Riverdale is all set to join the ranks of fellow Greg Berlanti produced shows The FlashArrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and Supergirl. Standing out as the only comic book adaptation that doesn’t situate itself within the DC canon, the forthcoming teen drama is based on the long-running series of titular comics about Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and small town America throughout the ages.

Originally created by publisher and editor John L. Goldwater circa 1941, Riverdale aims to take much of the good-natured tone of the original comics of the 1940s and transport them to a contemporary drama series that is promoted to be like a cross between Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks. Following the release of several photos from the set depicting many of the lead actors in character, it would appear that things are moving full steam ahead behind the scenes – although the latest word has it that one more prominent 1990s icon has just joined the cast.

According to E! News, none other than Skeet Ulrich (Scream) has just signed on to join the cast of Riverdale as the leader of a local gang called the Southside Serpents. What’s more, Ulrich will be joining a team of lead actors that already includes fellow former 1990s teen superstar Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210). Ulrich’s character is said to hold a grudge against Fred Andrews (Perry), in addition to having an unknown connection to Archie’s best friend Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).

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Seeing the likes of Ulrich and Perry face off should serve to stoke the fires of a nostalgic small screen reunion for certain potential viewers of 1990s fare, and might just result in an unexpected source of recurring tension and intrigue throughout Riverdale proper. Whether or not Ulrich’s connection to Sprouse’s Jughead will amount to anything substantial remains to be seen – though the hope for a familial revelation to occur is certainly a possibility.

Berlanti has been able to develop a solid roster of DC Comics TV shows for The CW of late, and with any luck Riverdale will soon to prove to be another notch on his belt. The classic Goldwater comics upon which the new show is based has its fanbase, though it remains to be seen just what kind of an audience will be interested in seeing such a bold, revisionist take on the core Mid-Western themes that have held prime residency within the franchise in decades past.

Riverdale is slated to premiere on The CW in the midseason of 2016-2017.

Source: E! News

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