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

Riverdale Cast

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.