Riverdale TV Series Starts Filming For CW This Spring
A Riverdale TV series was first teased almost a year ago, and mentioned again at SDCC, just as Archie Comics was launching the New Riverdale in its comics line. Now its looking much more official, and CW is looking like the network to go to for comic book themed television.
With Greg Berlanti’s production company, Berlanti Productions, involved the confidence remains high that this will not be an altogether bad take on the iconic teenagers of Riverdale High. With the one-hour drama written by Archie Comics’ own Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, partially responsible for jump-starting the revitalization of Archie Comics’ line with Afterlife of Archie.
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Archie Comics kicks off 75th anniversary celebration with major news: The CW officially picks up “RIVERDALE” live-action TV pilot
Riverdale Promotional Image by Veronica Fish
2016 is sure to be a major year for Archie Comics, as America’s Favorite Teenager celebrates 75 years of existence. But the party kicked off in a major way today with news that The CW has officially picked up the pilot episode for the live-action “Riverdale” TV series, to start filming this spring.
The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.
Popular gay character Kevin Keller will also play a pivotal role. In addition to the core cast, “Riverdale” will introduce other characters from Archie Comics’ expansive library, including Josie and the Pussycats.