One of Riverdale‘s main cast members didn’t make the leap back to the 1950s… at least not yet.
Archie and his pals are back in high school again in the gee-golly ’50s in the CW drama’s current seventh and final season (Wednesdays at 9/8c), but Charles Melton’s Reggie was conspicuously missing from Season 7’s first two episodes. He was only briefly mentioned at the beginning of the season premiere when Jughead noted his absence. (And spoiler alert: Reggie doesn’t appear in this week’s episode, either.) So is Melton’s extended absence this season due to an off-screen scheduling conflict? Or are the writers saving Reggie for a future storyline?
“It was a little bit of both,” Riverdale showunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tells TVLine, admitting that “there was a scheduling conflict.” (Melton has been in demand lately, with appearances on Peacock’s Poker Face and Hulu’s History of the World: Part II.) “But even before that came up,” he adds, “we had talked about saving Reggie and giving him a big entrance a little bit later in the season for a big Hoosiers story and School Ties story that we’re telling later with the basketball team.”
So we will get to see Reggie Mantle decked out in 1950s garb later this season when Melton returns from his absence, which Aguirre-Sacasa says was more of a creative choice than anything: “Even before the scheduling conflict came up, we were thinking: ‘Ooh, we might hold Reggie a little bit before his return.'”
Are you looking forward to Reggie’s return? And how are you liking Riverdale‘s final season so far?
Charles Melton’s acting career is on fire right now and Riverdale needs him alot more than he needs Riverdale. He needs to strike while the iron is hot! Very best of luck to Melton.
Riverdale is ending this season so it’s not like he is going to be tied down by the series for long. I’m glad they could accommodate him though if he had a better opportunity.
Also weird that there’s no Moose.
Yes, I am wondering about Moose. And like it’s great that they finally introduced Clay and I like him, but what about when things presumably get fixed – will Kevin end up in some sort of love triangle? It would have been cleaner if Moose had left and they had broken up prior to this season. The whole going over people in the closet storylines again is bad enough, but I really hate how they’ve treated Moose and are pretending he doesn’t exist.
Yep, I was thinking the same thing.
They got less money to work with as people dont watch this garbage anymore! He should have left ages ago from sinking ship. Its beyond me how anyone can watch this poop weekly still?
What’s worse, watching a show that is a lot of fun, or claiming not to watch it, but reading articles about it and commenting negatively on it? It’s beyond me why people go out of their way to do so.
“Even before the scheduling conflict came up, we were thinking: ‘Ooh, we might hold Reggie a little bit before his return.’”
They are so natural at BSing. In no possible scenario would they have held back Reggie especially with Veronica’s introduction into Riverdale involved.