Love it or hate it, Riverdale has quite the following. Taking beloved characters dating back to 1941, the teenagers in all of us have been waiting for a show like this since we opened our first Archie Comic. The resulting product from The CW is a darker, edgier take on our favorite citizens of Riverdale, mixing in drama and suspense that satisfies teens and adults alike.
With the success of its most recent spinoff, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and its renewal by Netflix, it’s only a matter of time before the Riverdale machine churns out another one. There are a few possibilities, but here are ten reasons Josie and the Pussycats should be the next Riverdale spin-off.
10. “It Will Be Very Different From Riverdale”
In August 2018, Riverdale creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said of the next spin-off, “We’re still early on in the process and it will be very different from Riverdale.” This, of course, is in addition to the Sabrina spin-off which itself is very different than Riverdale. What else is different that Riverdale? A Josie and the Pussycats spin-off. This series could take a slightly more Glee approach and possibly follow Josie on the road as she comes of age and tackles the struggles of being a small fish in a big pond. This would be a very different show than Riverdale indeed.
9. 109 Issues
While Archie and his friends have well over 600 issues under their belt, Josie and the Pussycats have 109. For some perspective, Sabrina the Teenage Witch has just over 200 issues. Mixed with some background and storylines currently being explored in Riverdale, there is more than enough canonical content to get a Josie series up and running. Josie’s “will she or won’t she” status with Archie. Will the Pussycats get back together? How will Josie’s solo career go? These can all be answered in a spin-off.
8. Redemption From A Bad Movie
In 2001, Josie and the Pussycats was released to a world that didn’t want it. Barely making back half of its budget, the movie was panned by critics and audiences alike. It was bubbly and fluffy fun, but many saw its saturation of product placement way out of line with the anti-corporation roots of the Pussycats. Now that Riverdale has shown TV executives that the world is ready for Josie and her crew, perhaps there can be some redemption. So long Josie and her bandmates stay on-message and don’t sell out, a spin-off can certainly perform better than the 2001 movie.
7. Ashleigh Murray Isn’t Busy (And Neither Are Asha and Hayley)
As far as actors go, Ashleigh Murray doesn’t have a whole lot else on her plate aside from Riverdale. She’s done filming her role in the canceled movie Valley Girl and appears to not have anything else lined up. This leaves plenty of room to book her own series and even have crossover appearances in Riverdale if need be. As for Asha Bromfield and Hayley Law, who play Melody Valentine and Valerie Brown respectively, their schedules are relatively open as well. If the Josie spin-off focused on Josie McCoy, that leaves room for Melody and Valerie to pop in as their schedules allow.
6. Supporting Character Grey Area
Even if you don’t watch Riverdale, most people have a passing knowledge of Josie and the Pussycats. Josie’s character plays enough of a role to get her face on the poster, but the main crew have more than a dozen episodes on her. As for Melody and Valerie, they have half as much again. Part of Sabrina’s success lay with this formula as well. It was able to pull in fans of Riverdale as well as appealing to those familiar with the name. Josie walks the line between supporting and essential. It wouldn’t hurt Riverdale if she left, and she’s just significant enough that fans will be drawn in to see what adventures she gets up to. Of course, there is her "will she or won't she" status with Archie, but that's for the writers to figure out.
5. Expanded Universe
As mentioned previously, there are over 100 issues of Josie and the Pussycats to draw from. This isn’t just plot lines, but whole characters that haven’t seen the screen through Riverdale. Mainly, there is the Alexandra Cabot and her cat Sebastian. Alexandra is extremely jealous of Josie and her success, and in the comics tries to join the band and rename it “Alexandra's Cool Time Cats”. Alexander Cabot III could make an appearance as well as he is the band’s not-too-dependable manager in the comics. Finally, there is Alan M. Mayberry. Josie’s roadie in the comics, he serves as an on-off boyfriend of Josie and continuously at the receiving end of Alexandra’s advances.
4. Where Are Melody and Valerie?
Melody and Valerie haven’t been seen since about halfway through the second season. While Melody joined Veronica to reform The Pussycats for at least one episode, Valerie is strangely MIA. With a Josie spin-off, there is plenty of room to bring back both characters full time, or even as guest appearances. There is plenty of room to suss out a rivalry between Josie and her old bandmates as they hardly left on the best terms.
3. Solo Career
The easiest way to launch a Josie spin-off would be to use her attempt at a solo career as the framework for the show. If Josie hits the road, this can allow the show to tour to other cities in the Archie universe. This also leaves plenty of room if the creators wanted to put more emphasis on music. Ashleigh Murray is a brilliant young artist with plenty of talent and would be more than capable of lifting the musical weight of an entire series.
2. Everyone Loves/Hates Riverdale
You either love it or love to hate it, but everyone is talking about Riverdale. Ratings have been consistently growing, with millions tuning in every week to watch Archie and the gang explore Riverdale and all of its drama. Riverdale is ridiculous, but it knows it’s ridiculous. It’s a campy teen-murder show that people just can’t seem to stop watching. Behind the veil, however, lies truth. The one-liners and the awkward speeches help us let our guard down for when the show actually has something to say and drives it home.
1. Sierra McCoy
Josie has become very close to her mother as the episodes tick by. However, with Sierra no longer Mayor of Riverdale, there really isn’t anything keeping her tied to Riverdale. Her work as a lawyer is the kind that would make picking up and moving towns fairly easy. So if Sierra decided that there was too much drama in Riverdale and decided to move herself and Josie out of town, that would be a really easy way to start a spin-off series.