What’s the recipe for a CW drama these days? Some teen angst mixed with some life-and-death stakes, maybe a supernatural/sci-fi/mystery element, but always drowned in washboard abs and out-of-control hormones, right? All of that’s here in the first teaser trailer for Riverdale, the network’s dark, gritty, and deadly sexy take on the Archie comics.
In fact, if you didn’t know the show was based on Archie, you probably wouldn’t be able to guess from the footage, which debuted on EW. This Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) works on his six pack, while dealing with a love triangle between Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), a murder-mystery, and standard teen drama. The setting is also far away from the vibrant, gleeful colors of the comics, choosing instead to really flaunt that Twin Peaks vibe teased at San Diego Comic-Con.
Watch the promo below.
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Riverdale is set to premiere on Thursday, January 26th at 9 p.m. on The CW with a cast that includes Sarah Habel as Ms. Grundy, Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy, Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Mädchen Amick as Alice, Marisol Nichols as Hermione, and Madelaine Putsch as Cheryl Blossom. Then there’s the creative team, which includes Greg Berlanti of the lauded Arrow-verse as an executive producer.
Here’s the official, extended synopsis for Riverdale:
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom — and nothing feels the same… Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer’s events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music — not follow in his dad’s footsteps—despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale’s young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)… Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…