The CW promoted Casey Cott, who plays Kevin Keller, to a series regular for Riverdale season 2. When it was revealed a series based on the characters from Archie Comics would be coming to The CW, not many people knew what to expect. Announced as Riverdale, the show began to make waves as soon as teasers started dropping ahead of its premiere, with a clear branching out from the source material being paved out for the series. Darker than any of the comic books we’ve seen, we quickly discovered the debut season would focus on a murdered teenager and the mystery surrounding his death.
Following the Riverdale series premiere, the show drew comparisons to Twin Peaks for its slick style of storytelling, unique setting and compelling roster of characters. It quickly became obvious that The CW had a major hit on their hands, with both fans of the original comics and casual television viewers tuning in for creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s vision. Those involved on screen were quickly praised, with the actors making up the main friendship group of Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and Kevin – played by KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse and Casey Cott, respectively – earning respect from those tuning in for their performances, with all but Cott enjoying series regular status. However, that is all about to change.
According to a report from TVLine, Cott will not only be returning for the show’s second season in his role as Kevin, but in a more expanded way, as he has now been promoted to a series regular.
In the first season, viewers have seen Kevin enjoy a relationship with South Side Serpent Joaquin (Rob Raco), which ended when the Serpent took a trip to Black Mirror location, San Junipero. In that series, the characters involved exist in that city and fall in love in a virtual world denied to them in reality. This of course has tongues wagging; does Riverdale exist in the same world as Black Mirror, and if so, will Joaquin get his happily ever after with Kevin after all? Whatever the case may be there, Kevin very much remains in Riverdale, stuck in the dramatic and chaotic climate the town has to offer.
The news he’ll be getting more screen time will be welcomed by a majority of the viewers, with the character quickly becoming a fan favourite thanks to Cott’s realistic and relatable approach to playing the role. There’s no denying Kevin’s infectious nature whenever he’s on screen, so to see him more involved in whatever goes down in season 2 will be great to witness.
With that being said, there’s every chance Kevin’s increase in screen time could lead to overkill for the character. If the recipe to his success is his time being less than that of his fellow actors, then perhaps he’d be best left popping in every now and again rather than hogging up a heap of run time.
Riverdale season 1 concluded on The CW this week and is expected to return to the network for its second season in 2018.