Ready for Riverdale, the Darker Archie TV Show?

Riverdale art by Veronica Fish

Riverdale, the live-action TV show based on Archie Comics first announced in summer 2015, now has an official release date: Thursday, January 26, 2017. The show’s time slot will be Thursdays at 9 PM ET on the CW. According to the press release, the show “has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos.”

I don’t know that that’s what I think Archie needs, but I know a lot of TV and movie adaptations of comics recently have succeeded by streamlining and modernizing properties, removing a lot of the barnacle-grown continuity that makes it confusing to new viewers. So I’ll at least sample it.

The lead-in for Riverdale is Supernatural, playing off of “the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.”


  • James Schee

    I’m curious about it, from descriptions I’ve read it sounds somewhere between Dawson’s Creek and Gossip Girl so I guess we’ll see. (I wonder if they will allow Jughead to be asexual?)

  • I hadn’t heard the comparison to Gossip Girl – that intrigues me. But the comparison to Dawson’s Creek (which I’ve heard come up mostly in the context of a student fooling around with a teacher) just makes me think 1) I’ve seen this before or 2) I’m too old for this now.

  • Justin

    I get the feeling that I am too old and my kids are too young for it. Which is a shame, because I would have liked to seen this with them. Just like we read the Waid (and others) Archie series. Or how we currently enjoy Flash and Supergirl. Ah well.

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