5 Reasons We Can’t Wait to Watch “Riverdale”

Get ready, because your soon-to-be obsession “Riverdale” premieres tomorrow!

The CW’s newest drama, “Riverdale,” gives a new spin to those classic Archie comics you see in grocery store checkout lanes while you’re waiting for the next available cashier. The show follows Archie, Betty, Jughead, Veronica and the gang as they deal with a recent death in their high school.

Official synopsis: 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…

Sounds intriguing right?! If you’re not convinced that you should tune in based on the synopsis, we have 5 reasons why you should watch the premiere on January 26.

1. It’s a murder mystery! Who doesn’t love a good mystery? The show has a very film noir feel or as some are saying, a teen “Twin Peaks.” Count us in!

2. It’s the acting return of Cole Sprouse. The former child star took time away from the spotlight to go to NYU where he received a degree in Archaeology. So how did this role reel him back into the spotlight? “When I was given the sides to read there was basically three pages of just solid monologue and I thought, ‘This would be challenging,’” he said in an interview from Comic Con. “I really like Jughead as a character. I think he’s really cool, especially in this. I think Jughead is a cool, weird, creepy character and that’s also fun!”

3. KJ Apa will be your new crush! We’re not going to lie, the CW might have some of the most beautiful casts on TV and “Riverdale” is no different. KJ Apa is sure to climb up the TV crush list quickly. First, he’s easy on the eyes. Second, he’s a great actor. He’s been seen previously in A Dog’s Purpose and “The Cul De Sac” and we have to say, his American accent is spot on. Oh, and did we mention he plays the guitar?



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4. The adult cast is just as awesome as the young cast! The cast includes a bunch of young rising stars, but the veteran talent isn’t too shabby either. Luke Perry, Marisol Nichols & Mädchen Amick are among the cast.

5. Greg Berlanti is a producer! The CW is on fire right now, especially with its superhero lineup, which is in part thanks to producer Greg Berlanti. He has an amazing track record and the fact that he’s a producer on “Riverdale” means we’re in great hands.

Be sure to tune into “Riverdale” on the CW on Thursday, January 26 at 9pm and watch some cast interviews below. Are you excited for “Riverdale”?

Photos: Art Streiber/The CW