Archie Comics

Let’s not be coy.  (Or McCoy.)  Ashleigh Murray‘s Josie McCoy is the least important character on ‘Riverdale’.  But she might be getting her own spotlight.  Archie Comics is about to celebrate its 700th issue and following the success of The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ and the upcoming release of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ on Netflix, the publisher is planning to bring more of its characters to television in various forms and one of them is an animated horror-tinged series starring Josie.  Nothing else has been revealed.  The character Josie has never really been horror-themed, so it should be interesting to see what the creators come up with.  It doesn’t appear that Josie will be accompanied by her backup band, the Pussycats or any other Archie characters, but at this point, that may or may not be the case.

Since this project has just been announced, it remains to be seen if they will get Ashleigh Murray to voice the animated Josie.  On ‘Riverdale’, Hayley Law and Asha Bromfield play the Pussycats, Valerie Brown and Melody Valentine.  Once again, it remains to be announced whether they will reprise those roles on the animated series.

Archie is also planning another animated series, featuring the lead character, Archie Andrews and his pals (and gals), which is said to be comedic in tone, similar to the old Filmation series which brought these characters to Saturday mornings in the 1960s and spawned the hit pop single ‘Sugar Sugar.’  The third show that the publisher is looking to launch is the most surprising– ‘Sam Hill, Private Eye’.  Unlike the ‘Josie’ and ‘Archie’ projects, ‘Sam Hill’ is expected to be live action and is based on a much more obscure property.  ‘Sam Hill’ starred in seven issues published in 1950, although Tom DeFalco and Greg Scott dusted the lead character off and showcased him in a miniseries published in 2015.

It’s unknown if the new shows will air on The CW like ‘Riverdale’ or Netflix like ‘Sabrina’ or another outlet altogether.  Check back for any updates as they arrive!

Source: New York Times