Honestly, my knowledge of the Archie comics/Riverdale is limited to the famous Archie/Betty/Veronica love triangle (which I’ve read the series is shying away from) and the fact Jughead wears that odd gray crown.
I realize Archie and the gang have been around since 1941, but I’m not much of a comics guy… I’m pretty much diving in head first and trusting in Greg Berlanti/Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Early reviews claim this new series’ vibe is more noir and slightly Twin Peaks-ish compared to the comics. That’s fine by me, kicking things off with a murder always helps draw an audience in. Plus, young Archie is not some goody two shoes, he’s knockin’ boots with his music teacher.
While The CW’s promos are selling Riverdale as, “From the network that brought you The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, it seems like this show is very much its own thing. I understand giving fans a comparison to pique their interest, but we’re not dealing with a supernatural thriller nor privileged teens on the upper east side here. Okay so you’ve got your ridiculously attractive CW cast, but all the network’s shows have that in common. If Riverdale turns out to be more Twin Peaks than Gossip Girl, I’m in for the long haul. Several TV journalist pal’s of mine have screened the first few episodes and love the show. I trust them and have a feeling this one’s joining the ever-expanding DVR list. Do you plan to tune-in?
Check out these images from “The River’s Edge” (click pic to advance) and read The CW’s official description below…
Chapter One: The River’s Edge
SERIES PREMIERE — As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad Fred’s (Luke Perry) footsteps — despite his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel). With the weight of the world on his shoulders, Archie must look for a new music mentor and turns to Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) but she is focused solely on her band, Josie and the Pussycats. Weighing heavily on his mind is also his fractured friendship with budding writer Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves, which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick), aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, but Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch), Riverdale’s Queen Bee, who is happy to stir up trouble amongst the others even though she’s keeping a few secrets of her own. Lee Toland Krieger directed the episode written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Riverdale premieres tonight at 9/8c on The CW