Last year, avid fans of the Archie Comics series were excited when it was announced that a new TV series was set to premiere. Entitled Riverdale, the show will revolve around the enduring characters from the popular comics and will debut a few days from now. If the hype of turning the book into a show wasn’t enough, speculations are now rife saying that the story line is also reminiscent of the popular show Dawson’s Creek. Read on to know more if indeed this is just Dawson’s Creek part two happening!
Riverdale update: How is the show like Dawson’s Creek?
A report from Movie Pilot reveals that the new Archie Comics-inspired show will actually have “all the same teenage emotionality” as Dawson’s Creek. Many people will feel nostalgic as the setup between Archie Andrews and Betty Cooper is said to “mirror” Joey and Dawson (or even Joey and Pacey’s) relationship back then.
The outlet further mentions how there seems to be a “youthful urgency” for both Archie and Dawson, with the latter’s attitude of “constantly needing to create.” Such is the case with Archie when he realizes he is a decent songwriter in one of the show’s early episodes. The report suggests that suddenly, the football team doesn’t seem so appealing to Mr. Andrews.
Interestingly, Riverdale was even developed by Greg Berlanti, who was the co-exec producer of the popular 90s show. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics also spoke about the show’s plot, saying: “There’s going to be a lot of romances and I can tell you that most of the people will become involved with each other, including Kevin (Keller).”
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Riverdale update: Premiere date, cast, characters
Another report from Den of Geek also highlights how the much-anticipated show will try to live up to its hype. For starters, it features a star-studded cast. KJ Apa is playing the titular role, and will have Suite Life star Cole Sprouse as his best friend Jughead. Meanwhile, Archie’s love interests Betty Cooper and Veronica Lodge will be played by Lili Reinhart and Camilla Mendes respectively. If you tuned in to Stranger Things, you’ll see Shannon Purser, aka Barb, in the series as Ethel.
Riverdale premieres on The CW on Jan. 26.