When The CW kicks off its Fall 2016 TV lineup, four out of five nights of the week will feature a DC Comics superhero series as part of the network's shared universe. However, Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow aren't the only comic book inspired series on The CW. In addition to Rob Thomas' iZombie, the network will also be debuting Riverdale during the midseason. Developed for TV by Arrowverse producer Greg Berlanti, the series puts a new spin on the characters from Archie Comics.
Riverdale was ordered to pilot by The CW earlier this year, and a number of set photos teased the town that's home to Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa), his friend Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) and their friends and family. Now that The CW has picked up Riverdale for a first season, production on the series has resumed and new photos have surfaced from the set.
Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer and Riverdale writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted a photo of the main cast at the show's table read for episodes two and three. Plus, Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted an image of Riverdale's four main cast members: Apa, Sprouse, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge. Additionally, Josie McCoy actress Ashleigh Murray tweeted a photo of herself with her fellow Josie and the Pussycats bandmates, while the Archie Comics Twitter posted a photo of Supergirl star Melissa Benoist visiting Apa and Sprouse on set. Take a look at the photos:
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 3, 2016
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) September 1, 2016
Miss. Kitty. Kats.
— Ashleigh Murray (@iamamurray) September 8, 2016
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) September 7, 2016
Rounding out the Riverdale cast are Luke Perry as Archie's father Fred Andrews, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Cody Kearsley as Moose Mason, Daniel Yang as Dilton Doiley, and Casey Cott as Kevin Keller. Additionally, The CW series recently cast Stranger Things' Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs and The Perfect Match's Robin Givens as Riverdale mayor/Josie's mother Sierra McCoy.
Although the pilot for Riverdale premiered at Comic-Con International in San Diego this summer - and was met with largely positive reviews - The CW has yet to release any official footage to the public. The synopsis for Riverdale, in addition to early interviews about the series, have teased a darker take on the Archie Comics characters, one that may be more relatable to the show's younger-skewing audience than the iconic stories of previous decades.
Still, fans unable to attend SDCC have needed to get an idea of what to expect from Riverdale through photos from the set and cast interviews. Officially released photos of Riverdale's Archie, Fred, and Jughead have teased a show that honors the original comic characters, while taking them in a new direction. That said, how exactly Berlanti and Aguirre-Sacasa's reinvention of Archie and his friends will turn out and whether fans will embrace the series remains to be seen when Riverdale premieres at the midseason.
Riverdale is slated to premiere on The CW in the midseason of 2016-2017.