A NEW DISTRICT ATTORNEY LAYS DOWN THE LAW IN RIVERDALE — PENELOPE ANN MILLER TO PLAY MS. WRIGHT

BURBANK, Calif. (July 22, 2018) — Archie Andrews’ legal woes may have just gotten a little more challenging today when the producers of Riverdale announced that Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Penelope Ann Miller (The Artist, Carlito’s Way) will play the character of the district attorney, Ms. Wright. At the end of season two, Archie Andrews was framed by Hiram Lodge for the murder of a Shadow Lake resident named Cassidy. The savvy, eloquent Ms. Wright is the prosecuting attorney in charge of handling Archie’s case. With a conviction in mind, she will weave together disparate moments of Archie’s young life to portray him as a dangerous, violent sociopath who is capable of committing a heinous crime. His freedom will hang in the balance when the series returns to The CW for its third season on October 10 (Wednesdays 8/7c).

Penelope Ann Miller starred in Lifetime’s New York Prison Break: The Seduction of Joyce Mitchell, and before that she starred in The Birth of a Nation, which received the prestigious U.S. Dramatic Jury Award and the U.S. Dramatic Audience Award at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Miller also starred in Awakenings, alongside Robert De Niro and Robin Williams; the Academy Award®-winning Best Picture The Artist; and Carlito’s Way, for which she received a Golden Globe® nomination. She can also be seen in Chaplin and Kindergarten Cop. A Tony-nominated performer, Miller began her career on Broadway in Neil Simon’s Biloxi Blues. She later reprised her role in the Mike Nichols–directed film of the same name. Other credits include Men of a Certain Age for TNT as well as American Crime and Mistresses for ABC.

Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Luke Perry, Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Mark Consuelos and Skeet Ulrich.

Based on the Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater are executive producers.

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This is a great series, but ironically, Archie--with his eternally-furrowed brow and the stick up his butt--is by far the least interesting character on the show.

He's also ... well kind of a bad guy, isn't he?

He beat up a guy who had two broken legs in his bed. Granted, he was a would-be rapist. But he no longer presented a threat, so it's just plain assault. And cowardly assault at that.

And he became a foot soldier in Hiram Lodge's criminal organization. Even betrayed his father (at least for a while).

I mean, sure, he's young and has a learning curve. But I knew that working for a mobster was ethically wrong at his age. Long before his age, actually. It's not a hard call.

And his solution to the Black Hood was to find the guy -- and kill him. Everybody else was on board for Part One, but Part Two was all Archie.

He recruited the football team into a vigilante organization. He lead a fight against the Serpents. I could go on.

Has he actually done anything upright on the show yet? And he's still presented as a paragon of some kind. 'Tis a puzzlement.

Maybe if we start looking at him as a BAD guy, he might not be the most uninteresting person on the show.

I like the way you think, Cap.

Captain Comics said:

Maybe if we start looking at him as a BAD guy, he might not be the most uninteresting person on the show.

Exactly what I was saying. It reminds me of Vince on Entourage, only Vince is at least a little bit likeable. But Vince was by far the least interesting character on the show, even though he was the lead role.

Alexandra Kitty said:

Sadly, he is the least interesting character on the show. Everyone else is more interesting than a naughty Archie. It's like he is the poorly behaved child trying to get attention by just doing bad things, and he is as interesting as a mosquito. It's like, "Archie, just pull a Chuck Cunningham and walk up the stairs to your room. And stay there; so we can get back to watching all of the other interesting characters."

It's hard to believe two girls fighting over this guy.

You forgot the fact that he had sex with his teacher, Miss Grundy. Sure, she's a pedophile, but he is complicit. You can't tell me he didn't know it was wrong.

Captain Comics said:

He's also ... well kind of a bad guy, isn't he?

He beat up a guy who had two broken legs in his bed. Granted, he was a would-be rapist. But he no longer presented a threat, so it's just plain assault. And cowardly assault at that.

And he became a foot soldier in Hiram Lodge's criminal organization. Even betrayed his father (at least for a while).

I mean, sure, he's young and has a learning curve. But I knew that working for a mobster was ethically wrong at his age. Long before his age, actually. It's not a hard call.

And his solution to the Black Hood was to find the guy -- and kill him. Everybody else was on board for Part One, but Part Two was all Archie.

He recruited the football team into a vigilante organization. He lead a fight against the Serpents. I could go on.

Has he actually done anything upright on the show yet? And he's still presented as a paragon of some kind. 'Tis a puzzlement.

Maybe if we start looking at him as a BAD guy, he might not be the most uninteresting person on the show.

That's kind of how I saw the reboot "romantic triangle." Betty and Veronica seemed to be competing over a prize neither was actually interested in winning -- it was the competition that was fun. And when Archie wasn't in the picture, they were the best of friends, which I saw as the main show, and the competition as just a fun thing they did on the side.

In the new, post-Mark Waid version, Archie is Veronica's, and does seem as much possession as boyfriend. And Betty loves him as a buddy, but does seem to have some unresolved romantic issues, possibly related to them not spending much time together apres Veronica. (Archie seems to be in a similar place.) I don't know where Waid was going with that, or whether he was going anywhere with it. Given that these kids are frozen forever in high school, their relationships might be frozen too.

I don't have any problem with different variations having different plays on these relationships. What I remember about high school is that no relationships were very deep or lasting.

Riverdale returns this Wednesday, January 16.

Thanks for the reminder! For some weird reason, I cannot get enough of this over-wrought melodrama.

Richard Willis said:

Riverdale returns this Wednesday, January 16.

Riverdale returns on February 27.

Here are a few things I have noticed about Riverdale lately. Let me state first that I somehow still love am still entranced by this train wreck of logic and melodrama.

  • Archie is still such a jerk with such a stick up his butt. He's a brooding downer. In a recent episode, Jughead noted that since he has been back, he has had hollow eyes with a vacant stare. This is nothing new, Jughead. Plus, have you checked yourself out in the mirror lately? Glass houses.
  • Veronica has a "speakeasy"? What snapchatting modern teenager knows what that even is? And somehow everyone knows how to dress for it. Hey, even the adults are coming to this speakeasy that serves alcohol to teens!
  • All of the adults in town were involved in a version of Dungeons and Dragons in a version of the 80's where the Satanic Panic was accurate in its beliefs. All of the modern-day adults in the 80's. Not just the nerds. It's was a craze among the popular kids.

This show is so hilarious, and I genuinely can't figure out if it is self-aware, or if it takes itself seriously. If it is self-aware, it's really funny. If it takes itself seriously, it has the intelligence of being written by an 8th grader. Whatever the case, I somehow can't pull myself away from it.

Not unlike the Batman TV show, some viewers can take it seriously, but I think they're having a lot of fun. Mrs. Mulwray (Kelly Ripa), the gun-toting mistress of Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos), was played by his real life wife of 20+ years.

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