Live-action series based on Archie Comics characters premieres January 26th at 9pm ET/8pm Central

You’ve waited patiently for this moment – and now it’s here.

We’ve got a sneak peek at ‘Riverdale’, the new one-hour live-action drama based on the classic Archie Comics characters premiering January 26th, 2017 at 9/8c on The CW. What more could you want?

‘Riverdale’ is 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, compelling 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 best friend, Jughead Jones.

‘Riverdale’ stars KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Luke Perry as Fred Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, Casey Cott as Kevin Keller, Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper, and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge.

The show’s premiere on January 26th will be followed one week later on February 1st, with a special tie-in one-shot comic book written by ‘Riverdale’ showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and members of the show’s writing staff with art by Alitha Martinez. The RIVERDALE ONE-SHOT promises to reveal new secrets and stories from the summer before the eternal love-triangle debuts on television screens.

An ongoing RIVERDALE comic book series will debut in comic book stores and digital platforms in March by Aguirre-Sacasa and Martinez that will run alongside the show, expanding on the events of the series and diving deeper into the characters and their relationships.

For more information about ‘Riverdale’ and everything Archie Comics, visit the official Archie Comics website and follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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OK....4 more episodes seems more reasonable! Thanks 

I've been enjoying it fairly well, although as always it needs more (any) comic relief or Easter eggs. I tend to agree with NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour, in that it's not weird enough to be Twin Peaks with Archie, and not really sudsy enough to be great soap opera.

But it's enough Archie to retain my interest, and I would guess the final episodes will start ramping things up. How much gets resolved, given they have another season, is anyone's guess. I have no guesses as to who the murderer is, unless it was Dilton. He looks a little shifty.

BTW, I thought it was ironic that PCHH complained that the show stole the premise of Dawson's Creek, with a drab guy at the center loved by a girl he didn't like and infatuated by the new girl in town, palling around with a sarcastic friend. Um, it's not really Archie's fault that Dawson's Creek lifted the comic's premise!

The CW is running the H1Z1 tournament in that slot the week of April 20th. I'm not sure if they have to do it then or if it just gives them a convenient break to stretch the big RIverdale finish further into May sweeps.

-- MSA

No one's mentioned the flashback involving Jughead. He had the classic "S" shirt and his hat looked like the original comics version.

I am still waiting for Sabrina to show up in the final episode. I figured if she showed up in an earlier episode... she would just wiggle her nose (or snap her fingers) and get salem her cat to go undercover to figure out what really happened and the whole case would be over in that single matter what or how I figure with her magic the whole season will be solved in the final episode....then with the case closed...then Season 2 can be more light hearted. 

Yeah, I think we find out the identity of the killer in ep 13.

Oh, nice! I'm happy to get more. My Tivo listed episode 10 as an upcoming episode, and also had a listing for "Season 2 episode 1 -- date unknown," so I just assumed we were only getting 10 this year.

Richard Willis said:

According to Wikipedia's Riverdale page, which seems real researched, the season has 13 episodes.

It says episodes 10 and 11 will air on April 13 and 27 and that episode 13 will be on May 11. I infer this to mean that episode 12 will be on May 4.

This matches what Cap got from IMDB.

Archie was wearing the "R" sweater vest and B&V had their classic looks, complete with bangs. I didn't notice if Archie had a waffle pattern drawn on the sides of his head or not!

Richard Willis said:

No one's mentioned the flashback involving Jughead. He had the classic "S" shirt and his hat looked like the original comics version.

I found several pictures of the vintage Archie costumes.

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