We've been following the ongoing production of the Archie Comics-inspired live-action high school drama Riverdale with great interest here at ComicsAlliance, from the initial announcement, through to the casting calls and the casting process, to updates on the lead actor's hair color. Now we have the best possible news for our growing obsession with this show; the CW has officially ordered Riverdale to series, to begin airing in the fall season.

The adaptation stars New Zealand-born hunk KJ Apa as Archie Andrews, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper and Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge. It also features familiar faces such as Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols and Mädchen Amick as parents to the unruly teens of Riverdale.

If you haven't been following the coverage, this ain't your daddy's Archie, and everyone in town has some sort of high stakes drama going on in their lives. Archie and Jughead aren't on speaking terms, Betty's hooked on Adderall, and Cheryl Blossom may have killed her brother. From the set photos we've seen from the pilot's production, it looks to be a much more subversive take on the franchise, with a passing resemblance to --- of all things --- Twin Peaks.

The series is developed by Greg Berlanti's production company; the same team that works on CW mainstays such as The Flash, Arrow, and Legends of Tomorrow, as well as new transfer Supergirl, which moves to The CW from CBS for its second season.

The pilot was written and executive produced by Archie chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa who currently handles Archie's horror line of comics, Afterlife With Archie and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.


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