Riverdale Cast

Riverdale Cast, EP Talk Season 1's Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks Parallels

Word of warning: This isn’t your grandmother’s Archie.

Although The CW’s forthcoming Riverdale is based on the iconic comic book characters, and, yes, Archie Andrews (played by KJ Apa) does sport a red mane, Greg Berlanti’s take on the material will be decidedly darker. And soapier.

Blending aspects of both Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks, the midseason series — which is set in the present day — takes the “classic coming-of-age stories that you’ve known from 75 years of Archie Comics,” explains executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, “and then it’s got this sort of shadow world underneath it. We explore the secret life of all of these character that you thought you knew.”

Press PLAY below to watch Apa and his fellow co-stars— including The Suite Life of Zack and Cody‘s Cole Sprouse and Beverly Hills, 90210‘s Luke Perry — offer a snapshot of their respective characters. Also, find out why Apa has yet to embrace his inner ginger.

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  1. Kim says:

    Luke Perry is hilarious

  2. Pamela says:

    “classic coming-of-age stories that you’ve known from 75 years of Archie Comics,” but it’s based on gossip girl and twin peaks, hmm. I’m just going to have to watch the pilot to see how that works.

  3. Sarah says:

    Showing my age here but…Luke Perry = I’m in. Always.

  4. I am not interested in watching another Gossip Girl. We had enough of these white privileged characters who could do horrible things to each other with absolutely no purpose in life. I hope Pedowitz is not going back to that awful awful Ostroff era.

  5. Rahajicho says:

    The mystery sounds like an intriguing spin on the traditional comic, but the Gossip Girl comparison is off putting.

  6. Faith Roby says:

    This looks like it is going to be horrible…I’ll pass

  7. jimmy woo says:

    This is not Archie. This is not even Riverdale. This is going to bomb.Casting a bunch of former Disney TV “stars” is a sure way to ruin anything. Gossip Girl? I remember avoiding that show for the entire time it was on.

  8. jimmy woo says:

    Betty is pretty. Veronica looks like someone’s grandmother.