The CW’s new comic-based series ‘Riverdale’ is described as a cross between the classic Archie Comics and ‘Twin Peaks’ and the moody new trailer certainly shows a darker tone than some folks may be used to when it comes to the comedic comics.

Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who is also Archie Comics’ chief creative officer said:

“It’s definitely Archie, but a little darker, a little more complex and a little weirder than you might remember from the digest you bought at the supermarket.”

Of course if you follow the comics, you know that even those aren’t what “you might remember from the digest you bought at the supermarket.”  A few years ago, the publisher began experimenting with sci fi/horror overtones in books like ‘Life With Archie’ (featuring parallel dimensions showing what would have happened if Archie had married Betty or Veronica), the zombie-infested ‘Afterlife With Archie’ and ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ which is more Buffy than Melissa Joan Hart.  And as it turns out, ‘Riverdale’ may actually draw from these sources.

But the series kicks off with the town reeling from the death of high school golden boy Jason Blosson and the aftermath of that mysterious tragedy.

K.J. Apa stars as the all-new, all-hunky Archie Andrews, with Cole Sprouse as best bud Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy and Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, with Luke Perry as Fred Rogers and Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge. Also look for ‘Stranger Things” Shannon Purser (a.k.a. Barb) in a recurring role as Ethel Muggs.

This past summer Apa hinted at the arrival of a certain Teenage Witch, saying:

“Sabrina, I don’t know if you’re familiar with Sabrina from the comics, she’s going to come. Yeah, she comes in our last episode.”

Prior to that, Aguirre-Sacasa also teased that elements from ‘Life With…’ and even ‘Afterlife With…’ could bubble up on the show.

“I’d love to do Sabrina, and we might get to Sabrina. We’re definitely going to do a big Halloween episode, sort of like an homage to Afterlife with Archie.”

But with ‘Riverdale’ airing on The CW, expect the show to add an even deeper level of sexiness… a lot of which is on display in the new trailer for the show in which Archie’s abs make several memorable appearances.

Check it out below:


‘Riverdale’ kicks off on January 26th on The CW.

Does the tease of possible supernatural elements make you more intrigued to visit ‘Riverdale’?  (Or were the abs enough?  Nothing wrong with that!)

Source: Den of Geek!