‘Riverdale’ EP Talks Tonight’s Finale, That Arresting End & Teases Season 3 Twists

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight’s Riverdale Season 2 finale
As tonight’s Riverdale Season 2 finale revealed, the not-so-sleepy town has a new mayor — and it isn’t Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) — and Riverdale High might ha…

SPOILER ALERT: This story contains details of tonight's Riverdale Season 2 finale As tonight's Riverdale Season 2 finale revealed, the not-so-sleepy town has a new mayor — and it isn't Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) — and Riverdale High might have a new student president, but it won't be Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) because he just got hauled off to jail Jughead (Cole Spouse) is alive and made a heartfelt teen proposal of sorts to Betty (Lili Reinhart), but a council of villains…

‘Riverdale’ Boss Breaks Down Finale Shocker, Previews New Genre for Season 3

Robert Aguirre-Sacasa talks with THR about the evolution of The CW’s breakout hit and what’s next following the sophomore season finale.read more


Robert Aguirre-Sacasa talks with THR about the evolution of The CW's breakout hit and what's next following the sophomore season finale.

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‘Riverdale’ EP Greg Berlanti On Musical Episode Paley Preview: “It Fit So Well With The Characters & The Storylines”

The CW’s Riverdale has long teased an upcoming musical Glee-esque episode, and today they previewed it to fans at PaleyFest. Set to air on April 18th, the episode has almost the entire cast singing and dancing as they put on a high school performance of Carrie.
“It was something we talked about even in Season 1 to do a musical episode,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacada said during a panel discussion after the screening. “We ran out of time, and we were doing the second…

The CW’s Riverdale has long teased an upcoming musical Glee-esque episode, and today they previewed it to fans at PaleyFest. Set to air on April 18th, the episode has almost the entire cast singing and dancing as they put on a high school performance of Carrie. “It was something we talked about even in Season 1 to do a musical episode,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacada said during a panel discussion after the screening. “We ran out of time, and we were doing the second…

Lucy Davis to play one of Sabrina The Teenage Witch’s aunts in Netflix series

Netflix and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are really making it hard to be skeptical of their Sabrina The Teenage Witch adaptation. Their casting choices have all been top notch, including bringing Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka on as the magical teen and Michelle Gomez as a teacher who ends up possessed by an entity known as…

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Netflix and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa are really making it hard to be skeptical of their Sabrina The Teenage Witch adaptation. Their casting choices have all been top notch, including bringing Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka on as the magical teen and Michelle Gomez as a teacher who ends up possessed by an entity known as…

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‘Sabrina’ Fans: Here’s Your First Look at Salem the Cat in Netflix Reboot (Photo)

Let’s be real here, the best part of the original “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was the sarcastic, sardonic, animatronic Salem the cat, a.k.a. Salem Saberhagen — a 500-year-old witch sentenced to spend a century as a feline.

Don’t worry, because he’s not going anywhere in Netflix’s still-untitled ‘Sabrina’ reboot.

“Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted out the first photo of the black cat on Friday. Salem looks a little more sinister than his forefather (who was voiced by Nick Bakay).

“Ladies and gentlemen, meet #Greendale’s latest resident. All hail, Salem!” Aguirre-Sacasa said in his tweet accompanying the photo.

Ladies and gentlemen, meet #Greendale’s latest resident. All hail, Salem! #sabrina, #netflix pic.twitter.com/XZ1dNPgvja

— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) February 9, 2018

Here’s how he compares to the original:

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We still don’t know the personality of the new Salem, but if the comic upon which the series is based, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,”  is any indication, he and the rest of the cast are sure to be a lot spookier than the original.

“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka will be Salem’s teenage owner Sabrina, and “The Vampire Diaries” star Jaz Sinclair will play best friend Rosalind Walker.

The first episode will be called “October Country,” and production on the show is said to be starting soon.

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Let’s be real here, the best part of the original “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” was the sarcastic, sardonic, animatronic Salem the cat, a.k.a. Salem Saberhagen — a 500-year-old witch sentenced to spend a century as a feline.

Don’t worry, because he’s not going anywhere in Netflix’s still-untitled ‘Sabrina’ reboot.

“Riverdale” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa tweeted out the first photo of the black cat on Friday. Salem looks a little more sinister than his forefather (who was voiced by Nick Bakay).

“Ladies and gentlemen, meet #Greendale’s latest resident. All hail, Salem!” Aguirre-Sacasa said in his tweet accompanying the photo.

Here’s how he compares to the original:

ABC/The WB

We still don’t know the personality of the new Salem, but if the comic upon which the series is based, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,”  is any indication, he and the rest of the cast are sure to be a lot spookier than the original.

“Mad Men” star Kiernan Shipka will be Salem’s teenage owner Sabrina, and “The Vampire Diaries” star Jaz Sinclair will play best friend Rosalind Walker.

The first episode will be called “October Country,” and production on the show is said to be starting soon.

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‘Riverdale’ Borrows From ‘Psycho’ and ‘Blood Simple’ as Archie Is Lured by the Dark Side

“The Originals” creator Julie Plec directed the episode, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa answers burning questions.

[The following contains spoilers from “Riverdale” episode “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart.”]

Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) just proved he has a tolerance, and therefore the potential, for darkness after his love for Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) made him side with her shady parents. On Wednesday’s episode, that meant he turned a blind eye to mob dealings and may have even inadvertently caused the murder of a the gangster deliciously named Papa Poutine.

That wasn’t all that went down on Wednesday’s jam-packed “Riverdale” though. The Cooper mother and daughter hid the corpse of a man Chic (Hart Denton) killed, the Mayor (Robin Givens) stepped down to avoid a scandal, Archie’s FBI guy proved to be a fake, and the mastermind behind the ruse was none other than Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols).

Sitting in the director’s chair for the episode titled “The Tell-Tale Heart” was none other than Julie Plec, creator of “The Originals” and co-creator of “The Vampire Diaries.” Although she has plenty of experience behind the camera, “Riverdale” presented a unique challenge for her visually.

“I was so blown away with the look of the show because it’s so specific and stylized and cool,” she told reporters at a screening of the episode. “That’s hard to do on a TV schedule. Brendan [Uegama] the DP is just a genius. There were a lot of references, lot of Hitchcockian references, lot of noir references. And when I read it I was like, ‘Shit, I don’t know anything about noir!’ So I went on like a crash course and just watched and got a bunch on iTunes, bought a bunch of movies.”

She also found visual insights in one the Coen Bros.’ directorial debut, “Blood Simple,” on which Barry Sonnenfeld acted as cinematographer.

“I really actually found the most inspiration outside of the actual short film ‘The Tell-Tale Heart,’ but from ‘Blood Simple,’” she said and then addressed “Riverdale” creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. “I didn’t realize, you guys — the way you use color on the show in general — is massively, like beautifully influenced by that.”

She also was candid about the one scene in which Jughead (Cole Sprouse) and Betty (Lili Reinhart) get rid of the car that belonged to the man Chic killed. They shove it into the lake in a scene that is directly borrowed from Hitchcock’s “Psycho,” when Norman Bates hides Marion Crane’s car. Here’s a look at the original scene:

“I wanted to make sure that was a blatant homage/ripoff,” said Plec. “So that it was shot exactly how that was done. I mean, I had other angles that we shot just to be safe, but like really trying to just reflect that moment as specifically as it was done. So for me it was really fun just immersing myself as much as I could in a short period of time into a genre that I wasn’t that familiar with.”

Aguirre-Sacasa was also on hand to answer burning questions about the episode and tease what’s coming next.

Archie Goes Dark

Riverdale’s resident redhead doesn’t seem terribly bothered by choosing to side with Hiram Lodge (Mark Consuelos) by not informing on him. Not only that, it turns out that Hermione Lodge is just as deep into the shady side of the family business as well, having set Archie up to be tested by the fake FBI agent, and now welcomes him as a trusted member of the family. Aguirre-Sacasa discusses why Archie might be willing to be influenced by them.

“I think Archie started on a darker path in the first half of the season. When Fred was shot and when the Black Hood has his gun on Archie, Archie felt powerless and paralyzed,” he said. “He never wants to be in a position of weakness again, and there’s something attractive about the way the Lodges do business. There’s something attractive about the way that Hiram wields power that Archie is drawn to. I think that’s what we’re exploring in the second half of the season as Archie starts to get deeper and deeper into the Lodge family business. It’ll put him at odds with his dad who’s such a great salt of the earth, honorable guy… There’s drama ahead.”

Black Betty and the Black Hood

Lili Reinhart and Hart Denton, "Riverdale"

Lili Reinhart and Hart Denton, “Riverdale”

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So far, Archie has nothing on Betty when it comes to giving into her dark impulses. Having Chic around murdering people probably doesn’t help either. According to Aguirre-Sacasa, she’ll return to webcamming and other borderline dangerous pursuits.

“[Webcamming] does come back, again in an unexpected way, I think,” he said. “I think the darkest that things got for Betty when she was kind of in a codependent relationship with the Black Hood, taking his calls. But things get dark for her moving forward. we sort of allude to the fact that the Black Hood story isn’t over. Betty saves the Black Hood mask from the fire, and Archie asks the FBI agent to look into it. I think it’s safe to say that it’s going to continue but not in the way that you might expect.”

Hermione the Boss

Marisol Nichols, "Riverside"

Marisol Nichols, “Riverside”

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The first shocker about the boss calling the shots when Archie is picked up is that it’s Hermione Lodge – not her husband Hiram. And then she revealed that Agent Adams (John Behlmann) was not actually with the FBI at all but had been a plant to test Archie’s loyalties to the Lodges.

“Originally he was going to be an FBI agent. Greg Berlanti had said, ‘Careful with the FBI agent stuff and the Archie going undercover for the FBI and wearing a wire,’” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “He said, ‘Archie shouldn’t wear a wire. We did it on “Dawson’s [Creek].” People didn’t like it.’ or whatever it was. So really quickly, we were like, ‘OK so let’s say he’s not an FBI agent.’ And then originally he was just going to be Hiram’s right-hand man or informant. And then as we were writing the episode we thought, ‘Oh, people might think he’s Hiram’s, so what if we make him Hermione’s?’

“As we get in deeper into this ‘Godfather’ story, we wanted to make sure that… Hiram and Hermione were more equals and that she wasn’t just like the gangster’s moll or like Michael Corleone’s, Diane Keaton was just at home with the kids. We’ve been trying to build her up as well to be a formidable player in this. We also talked a little bit how they’re like the MacBeths, they’re a scheming couple.”

The Real McCoy

Robin Givens, "Riverdale"

Robin Givens, “Riverdale”

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Now that Sierra McCoy has stepped down from the office of mayor, that’s not the end for ability to influence in Riverdale.

“Mayor McCoy is now going to be Attorney McCoy. In fact, we see her as legal counsel in the very next episode,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “So she’s very much going to be part of the fabric of ‘Riverdale.’ We still have a big family story for her and Sheriff Keller and Josie and Kevin coming up as well.”

In addition, that means that Riverdale now needs a new mayor. He added, “I don’t think that there’s ever been a small town show that hasn’t had everyone running for mayor. So yeah there’s definitely going to be a power vacuum. There’s definitely going to be people running for mayor, yes.”

Chic’s Deed

The Coopers’ prodigal son can’t just get away with murder so easily. Aguirre-Sacasa said, “We’ll be feeling the repercussions of that murder probably for most of the rest of the season. I think we will find out what exactly happened in the kitchen, but it’s more like the chain reaction that murder and cover-up sets up going forward as well.”

Alice Cooper’s Past

Speaking of Chic, his mother Alice won’t get away so easily with covering up the murder either.

“One of my favorite movies, it came out 10-15 years ago was a suspense movie called ‘The Deep End’ with Tilda Swinton where her son gets caught up in a murder and Tilda Swinton is sort of a suburban mom in Tahoe and she has to cover up the murder. it’s a very Hitchcockian kind of story,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “That’s kind of what the inspiration was for this episode, which was seeing Alice and Betty cover up this thing that they shouldn’t be covering up. Of course it’s shaking loose a lot of truths, like the truth about Chic. We’re going to find out much more about her relationship with F.P. We’re starting a bigger story that involves all of the grownups in a kind of a more full-blooded way in the second half of the season. Everyone’s gonna be drawn into one big story.”

Jughead Update

“Jughead is still writing a novel,” Aguirre-Sacasa said. “We hear about that in the next episode.”

“Riverdale” airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. ET on The CW.

‘Riverdale’ Boss on Archie Being Drawn to the Lodges and the Coopers’ Murder Cover-Up

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart,” the 13th episode of the second season of “Riverdale.” Archie (KJ Apa) learned some dark truths in the latest episode of “Riverdale” — but the secret of Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Alice’s (Madchen Amick) murderous cover-up looks to be safe. For […]

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Chapter Twenty-Six: The Tell-Tale Heart,” the 13th episode of the second season of “Riverdale.” Archie (KJ Apa) learned some dark truths in the latest episode of “Riverdale” — but the secret of Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Alice’s (Madchen Amick) murderous cover-up looks to be safe. For […]