The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ keeps increasing its population.  The new show, based on the line of Archie Comics has added another new parental figure, joining 90s heartthrob Luke Perry, who is playing Archie’s father Fred Andrews.  Marisol Nichols joins the cast as Hermione Lodge, the mother of rich girl Veronica, played by Camila Mendes.

The TV version of Hermione is described:

Hermione has now returned to Riverdale, eager to start afresh with her daughter following the scandalous incarceration of her husband.

Nichols may be recognized for recurring roles on ’24’, ‘NCIS’, ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’, ‘Criminal Minds’ and ‘Teen Wolf’.

hermione_lodge1In the comics, Hermione is married to Hiram Lodge, a slightly shady businessman.

In addition to Perry and Mendes, Nichols joins K.J. Apa as Archie, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Ashleigh Murray  as Josie and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom.

Still unannounced are the castings for Reggie Mantle and Kevin Keller, both of whom are expected to be part of the show.

‘Riverdale’ will depart from the comedic classic comics and looks to be emulating the more recent books.  Here is the show’s synopsis:

“Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, ‘Riverdale’ is a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade.”

The show comes via executive producers Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter and Archie Comics’ Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Jon Goldwater.  Aguirre-Sacasa penned the script for the pilot episode.  Berlanti and Schechter also executive produce The CW’s established comic book-based hits ‘Arrow’, “The Flash’ and ‘Legends of Tomorrow’ as well as CBS’ ‘Supergirl’.

‘Riverdale’ has already been picked up to series by The CW, meaning it will be coming to viewers weekly come fall.

Check back for more news as it surfaces!

Source: Deadline