Riverdale, from Arrow and Flash mastermind Greg Berlanti, is not a sitcom, but a one-hour drama inspired by Twin Peaks. Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, and Camila Mendes as America’s favorite teens.
Here’s a list of the special features for Riverdale: The Complete First Season.
Riverdale: 2016 Comic-Con Panel
Riverdale: The New Normal
Riverdale: The Ultimate Sin
I Got You – musical piece
These Are Moments I Remember – musical piece
Riverdale Season 1 hits Blu-ray on August 15, 2017. You can pre-order it right now.
Check out a guide to all the episodes and our reviews right here!
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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.
air date: 1/26/16
As new details of Jason’s death begin to emerge, Archie (KJ Apa) pleads with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel) to come forward with what they heard at Sweetwater River. Betty (Lili Reinhart) makes an effort to mend her friendship with Archie but takes a different stance with Veronica (Camila Mendes), who is trying to make up for her actions. With rumors around her brother’s death running rampant, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) deals with the pressure in true Queen Bee fashion, while tensions boil over when Jughead (Cole Sprouse) stumbles upon a secret Archie was hoping to keep hidden. Finally, plans for the annual fall pep rally move forward with a performance by Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats and a special appearance by Mayor McCoy (guest star Robin Givens.)
air date: 2/2/17
After new information surrounding Jason’s death comes to light, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) finds herself under a cloud of suspicion and forced to come clean about the last time she saw her brother. Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) makes a tough decision that puts a major strain on his relationship with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel). Elsewhere, Betty (Lili Reinhart) decides to revive the school newspaper and asks for Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) help in investigating Jason’s death, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Ethel (guest star Shannon Purser) work on exposing some of Riverdale High’s football players after rumors of a “shame book” begin to circulate. Finally, after getting grounded by his dad Fred (Luke Perry), Archie must figure out a way to make it to the Taste of Riverdale event where Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats will be performing a song he helped write.
air date: 2/9/17
When Jughead (Cole Sprouse) learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately to keep it open. Betty (Lili Reinhart) finds her friendship with Archie on the line after stumbling upon some startling information she’s uncovered about Miss Grundy’s (guest star Sarah Habel) past. Elsewhere, Veronica (Camila Mendes) confronts her mother Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) about a suspicious meeting she witnessed between her mother and a shady Southside Serpent. Finally, after uncovering Betty’s diary, Alice (Madchen Amick) finds the perfect opportunity to destroy Archie’s golden boy image. Madelaine Petsch and Luke Perry also star.
air date: 2/16/17
With Jason’s funeral around the corner, the Blossom family moves forward with last minute preparations – and a secret agenda. Meanwhile, Archie’s (KJ Apa) attempt to refocus his energy on football comes to a halt when an opportunity to work with a new music mentor presents itself. Betty (Lili Reinhart) dives deeper into her investigation of Jason’s death and unearths some dark revelations about her family. Elsewhere, after uncovering secrets about her own family, Veronica (Camila Mendes) forms an unlikely friendship with Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch), who is having a tougher time with Jason’s impending funeral than she lets on. Finally, Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) turns to Fred (Luke Perry) for help after receiving a cryptic message from the Southside Serpents.
air date: 2/23/17
With Riverdale High’s annual variety show around the corner, Valerie’s (guest star Hayley Law) efforts to help Archie (KJ Apa) prepare for his big performance lead to some major fallout between her and Josie (Ashleigh Murray). Meanwhile, Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) investigation into Jason’s death brings them to a home for troubled youth and face-to-face with Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye). Just as her relationship with her mother was on the upswing, an unexpected betrayal sends Veronica (Camila Mendes) spiraling, while Josie deals with her own pressures at home after her overbearing father returns for her performance at the variety show. Finally, Hermoine’s (Marisol Nichols) first day at Andrew’s Construction finds her and Fred (Luke Perry) growing closer.
air date: 3/2/17
When a major piece of evidence is mysteriously destroyed, new rumors begin to swirl as to who was really behind Jason’s murder. Tensions build when Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) father returns to the fray and it’s revealed that he and Fred (Luke Perry) have some unresolved issues between them. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) takes matters into her own hands after her fight with Hermione (Marisol Nichols). Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) approaches Betty (Lili Reinhart) with an unexpected proposal that leaves Betty torn.
air date: 3/9/17
As Fred (Luke Perry) and his crew are about to start construction he loses his crew, which could put his livelihood in jeopardy. Wanting to help his dad, Archie (KJ Apa) and his friends pitch in to help but after one of them is attacked, the gang comes up with a plan that lands them in Southside Serpent territory. With Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) secret revealed, he is worried about how his friends will react. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) suggest throwing Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) a baby shower to make her feel better, but Polly is hesitant knowing how everyone feels.
air date: 3/30/17
Archie (KJ Apa) reluctantly agrees to escort Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) to her family’s official start of maple syrup tapping because he gets an offer that could help his future. Archie starts to become skeptical of the real reason the Blossoms are so eager to help him, however he gets some helpful information for Betty (Lili Reinhart) about her sister. Veronica (Camila Mendes) is trying to be nice and unbeknownst to her, befriends a classmate that her father’s illegal doings has hurt. Hermione (Marisol Nichols) is conflicted about telling Fred (Luke Perry) the truth. Meanwhile, Alice (Madchen Amick) is ready to get revenge on the Blossoms once and for all with the help of her two daughters.
air date: 4/6/17
When Fred (Luke Perry) decides to finalize the divorce with Archie’s mother Mary (guest star Molly Ringwald), Archie (KJ Apa) hides his true feelings. Archie tries to win Valerie (guest star Hayley Law) back with a romantic evening, however, Betty (Lili Reinhart) hijacks his plans when she decides to throw Jughead (Cole Sprouse) a surprise birthday party. Once Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) learns of the party, she decides to make it interesting and things quickly get out of control. Meanwhile, Veronica (Camila Mendes) contemplates whether she should participate in the deposition to help get her Dad released. Madchen Amick and Marishol Nichols also star.
air date: 4/13/17
Betty (Lili Reinhart) is slammed overseeing Homecoming and Reunion weekend, but Alice (Madchen Amick) wants her to help with the Jason Blossom investigation. Alice turns to Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) for help, but when Betty discovers they are working with her mom, she is not happy. After seeing his father FP (guest star Skeet Ulrich) start to clean up his act, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) wonders if it’s the right time to give him another chance. Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) and Polly (guest star Tiera Skovbye) have both decided to go to Homecoming in Jason’s honor, until a revelation waylays their plans. Meanwhile, Fred (Luke Perry) and Mary (guest star Molly Ringwald) attend the Homecoming dance, leaving Fred to possibly reconsider the divorce.
air date: 4/27/2017
Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) are shocked to learn of the arrest but know they need to come clean to their parents about what they uncovered. Still hurt by the betrayal of his friends and torn over who to trust, Jughead (Cole Sprouse) reluctantly joins them in a quest for truth. Meanwhile, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) confronts her mom about why she treats her so much worse than she ever did with Jason. Lili Reinhart, Luke Perry, Madchen Amick, Marisol Nichols also star.
air date: 5/4/2017
Archie (KJ Apa) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) continue to grow closer. Betty (Lili Reinhart) is tired of her family acting as if nothing has happened and confronts her mother. Jughead (Cole Sprouse) finds himself in an unexpected situation, leaving Archie and the gang scrambling. Hermione (Marisol Nichols) makes Fred (Luke Perry) an offer that seems too good to be true. Meanwhile, the truth about Blossom’s family business is revealed leaving Cheryl (Madelain Petsch) to take matters into her own hands.
air date: 4/11/2017
Check out all the trailers and promos for Riverdale so far!
Though this next one might not give us many story details, the promo does give us glimpses at some iconic characters — including Archie, Betty, and Veronica — as well as previewing the aesthetic of the show. It also namedrops both The Vampire Diaries and Gossip Girl, which gives you some idea of the vibe it’s going for. Check it out…
Here’s the official description of the Riverdale TV series:
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… 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’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel).
Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate 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, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…
Riverdale is just the latest offering from Archie Comics, who have been full of surprises lately, producing two of the best horror comic in years (Afterlife with Archie and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), launching a remarkable line of superhero comics with The Fox, and even killing off the adult Archie Andrews in their Life with Archie ongoing.
Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Set in the present in the small fictional town of Riverdale, New York. 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.
Don’t expect this to be a typical teen drama, either. See that “dark, terrible secret” they refer to with Archie? Well, that plays into some weirdness that comic book and Riverdale TV scribe Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa alluded to last year in an interview, hinting that we might even see some of the supernatural elements of Afterlife with Archie play into it. “Imagine if Riverdale were like Twin Peaks, and was a really weird small town,” he said. “But Twin Peaks had some very funny black humor stuff to it; obviously it was very serious as well. So that kind of balance is what we’re going to try to strike with the show.”
Will Sabrina the Teenage Witch Appear on Riverdale?
Riverdale does not premiere until later this year, nor has it even begun filming its second episode. Plans are also in place for the CW’s adaptation of beloved Archie Comics. Indeed, while the show’s concept as “Archie Noir” has often been compared in recent press to “Twin Peaks with teenagers,” which Riverdale co-creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reiterated to us during a roundtable interview at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday, it has also alternatingly been described as Afterlife with Archie (a tongue-in-cheek parallel dimension where there are, among other things, zombies) just minus the supernatural elements. But how long can it stay magic-free when it’s about to introduce Sabrina the Teenage Witch?
Yep, while the official position has been to suggest the inclusion of the popular character Sabrina Spellman might happen, Riverdale’s very own Archie Andrews, K.J. Apa, confirmed himself that something wicked this way comes.
Apa, who appeared at SDCC without the iconic orange locks (he promises his hair will be the proper hue when they get back to shooting), said one of the things fans should look forward to is the imminent arrival of a particular character from the nearby town of Greendale.
“Sabrina, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Sabrina from the comics, she’s going to come,” Apa said. “Yeah, she comes in our last episode.”
Apa also noted that fans can expect the televised Archie Andrews to be less indecisive than his comic book counterpart.
“Arche does make a decision between Betty and Veronica by the end of the first [season],” Apa also assured. Then after a beat, he confesses, “Who knows how long that’s going to last? Probably not long enough.”
Sabrina as a character is likely most famous, particularly to millennials, for the Melissa Joan Hart TV series, Sabrina, The Teenage Witch, which ran from 1996 to 2003. However, the character originally appeared in Archie’s Madhouse from October 1962. Created by George Gladir and artist Dan DeCarlo, Sabrina would go on to lead several long-running comic book series of her own, beginning with Sabrina The Teenage Witch#1 in April 1971.
It is unclear whether Riverdale’s take on the good-hearted half-witch and half-mortal will actually conduct magic, but we imagine it is at least a guarantee for the series’ Halloween episode, which will let its wacky wiccan flag fly mightily in the breeze.
“I’d love to do Sabrina, and we might get to Sabrina,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in earlier interview. “We’re definitely going to do a big Halloween episode, sort of like an homage to Afterlife with Archie.”
KJ Apa will play Archie Andrews, described as “a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working construction and is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music — against the wishes of his father and his football coach.” An earlier casting description from TV Line added, “Oh, and he’s harboring more than one dark, terrible secret.”
Apa tweeted a first look at his version of Archie, red hair and all:
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) March 20, 2016
Camilla Mendes is Veronica Lodge. Deadline describes Veronica as “intelligent and confident…a silver-tongued high school sophomore who returns to Riverdale from New York, eager to reinvent herself after a scandal involving her father.”
Lili Reinhart will play Betty Cooper, described by Deadline as “sweet, studious, eager-to-please and wholesome with a huge crush on her longtime best friend, Archie. Tired of being the perfect daughter, student, sister, etc., she turns to her new friend, Veronica, for life advice — much to the consternation of her emotionally brittle mother.”
An earlier casting casting description (via TV Line) offered a few other details, too including “some self-esteem issues and affinity for Adderall… a goth-like sister and a coveted spot on the cheerleading squad — though with certain conditions.”
Cole Sprouse is Jughead Jones, described as a “heartthrob with a philosophical bent and former best friend of Archie Andrews. He is still smarting from the rift that took place between the two.”
Initially, the show was seeking a “hearing-impaired” actor for the role. It’s unclear if Sprouse will be playing Jughead as a hearing-impaired character. Earlier info (again via TV Line) said that Jughead “refuses to take the olive branch being proffered by Archie, the hurt goes that deep.”
Ashleigh Murray will play Josie, “a gorgeous, snooty and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for popular band Josie and the Pussycats. She has zero interest in recording any songs written by fellow teen Archie.”
From teen drama heartthrob to teen drama Dad, Luke Perry will play Fred Andrews, described by Deadline as the “easygoing…owner of a construction firm who is hoping his son, who worked for him all summer, will someday take over the family business.”
Madelaine Petsch is Cheryl Blossom. Deadline describes Ms. Blossom as “rich, entitled and never accountable. A manipulative mean girl who kills with kindness, she recently lost her twin brother in a mysterious accident.” There’s a tiny hint of some of the Afterlife With Archie weirdness creeping in right there.
Marisol Nichols will play the role of Hermione Lodge, the mother of Veronica Lodge. According to Deadline, Hermione is “eager to start afresh with her daughter following the scandalous incarceration of her husband.” Nichols gained audience notice with her turn as Nadia Yassir on Fox’s 24 and more recently appeared as Tony Dinozzo’s love interest, Zoe Keates, on NCIS.
Mädchen Amick plays Betty’s mom, Alice Cooper. She’s the editor of the local paper in Riverdale and a perfectionist that puts very high expectations on her daughter.
The Wrap revealed that Ross Butler will play Reggie Mantle, Daniel Yang is Dilton Doiley, and Cody Kearsley is Moose Mason. No further character details are available at this time, but all will be recurring characters if (more like when) Riverdale gets picked up to series.
’80s film star Molly Ringwald will play Mary Andrews, aka Archie’s (KJ Apa) mom, in Riverdale, begging us to ask the question: which other famous redheads do we want cast in this show?
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Mary Andrews left the town of Riverdale two years ago “to follow her dreams.” When she returns to town during her “family’s hour of need” (not to mention, just in time for the homecoming dance), she reconnects with the people she left behind. This includes Archie and husband Fred (Luke Perry), as well as high school chums Hermione and Alice.
Ringwald is scheduled to appear in episodes 10 and 11.
In addition to the aforementioned, Riverdalealso stars: Lili Reinhart (Betty), Camila Mendes (Veronica), Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones), and Ashleigh Murray (Josie).
We now have the first cast photo for the TV show…— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) May 12, 2016
New photos have arrived, giving us new looks at KJ Apa’s Archie and Cole Sprouse’s Jughead. Check them out: