Live Action Archie, Maybe with Zombies, Coming to Your TV

You may have heard about the all-new Archie comic book relaunch a while back, but did you know that the red-headed high schooler is also headed for television? Riverdale, a live action series based on the new Archie comics, will be coming soon to your TVs. Can we expect the usual teenage rivalry? The eternal Betty, Archie, Veronica triangle? Yes, all that and more, much more.

Can you tell it was launched in the 1990s?

Can you tell it was launched in the 1990s?

The series was originally going to Fox, but has now landed not at ABC Family, where Archie might have been orphaned and adopted by deaf lesbians, but on the CW. The CW is our favorite go-to network for dark-tinged superhero shows like The Flash and Arrow and angst-ridden, perpetually adolescent vampires like The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, along with many other fantasy and sci-fi offerings, including our favorite (relative) newcomer iZombie, which is a lot like the classic Quincy – if Quincy were female, and in her twenties, and super hot, and an undead brain-muncher.

Archie tries to pick his way through "Ain't No Sunshine When She's Gone," but sadly gingers have no soul.

Archie tries to pick his way through “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone,” but sadly gingers have no soul.

Per the Archie Comics official website:

Riverdale offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealistic twists of small-town life plus the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade.

If you needed further hints that the town of Riverdale may be closer to Buffy’s Sunnydale than Dawson’s Capeside, the pilot was written by Roberto Aguirre Sacasa, creator of the The Afterlife with Archie comics, which featured a zombie-apocalypse brought about by Sabrina casting one of those well intentioned spells that interferes with the natural order of things and goes fabulously wrong.


So what might happen on the series? Werewolf Jughead? Ghost Betty haunting Veronica and Archie forever? Reggie selling his soul to Satan? Wait, didn’t he do that long ago?

"We've been given the Friday night death slot!"

“The horror! We’ve been given the Friday night death slot!”

Whatever it is, it sounds awesome! Stay-tuned to HNTP, where we’ll be updating you on this fast-breaking story that’s been in development since 2014.


Marion Stein

Marion writes television recaps and reviews for the Agony Booth, and books you can find over at Amazon.

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