Archie Grows Up in CW’s New Riverdale Trailer

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Archie is back. Not that he ever left, but now he’s back in a new series. Greg Berlanti, creator and producer of CW hits like Arrow, Supergirl, The Legends of Tomorrow and The Flash, is turning his attention to the kids from Riverdale for a new series this January, and the trailer just hit. The pilot will be written by Archie Comics’s CCO, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, and by Berlanti. Riverdale is a re-imagining of the classic series and its characters.

Like many adults and teens, I grew up reading Archie comics. I still read them from time to time; I’m currently in the middle of the new reboot of Josie and the Pussycats, and I was a fan of the animated series, plus all of the Archie Digest comics. It was a good day when I was allowed to get a digest at the supermarket. Now Archie is still around, and I’m excited comics are making their way to the small-screen on the CW.


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..

So it’s like Twin Peaks meets Archie meets Pretty Little Liars? Maybe? I’m pleased that they decided to bring Valerie from Josie and the Pussycats into the gang, because those comics have been good.


riverdale-comic-prequel-coverArchie turns 75 this January, and on January 26, 2017 9/8 central you can see a new side to Riverdale. This one just made its way on my must-see list. A week after the show airs, Archie Comics will release a one-shot comic that ties into the show, the artwork for that is shown here. For more information, visit the official Archie Comics website.

What about you? Are you excited for Riverdale? Did you read the comics when younger, or do you read them now?

Bri is the founder and co-editor of What the Fangirl. She loves chai lattes, Disney and fairy tales.

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