Welcome to the Riverdale universe, Lucy Hale!
The CW has given a pilot order to a “Riverdale” spin-off titled “Katy Keene” and the show has finally found its leading lady. Lucy Hale will possibly be making her return to the CW after the cancellation of her show “Life Sentence” as Katy, an aspiring fashion designer trying to make it in New York City.
The musical dramedy takes place years after the events of “Riverdale” and follows four friends as they chase their dreams in NYC. Since the show takes place after “Riverdale,” don’t expect any crossover episodes but one character will make the leap as Ashleigh Murray’s “Josie” will end up in the Big Apple pursuing her music dreams. Thank god she finally gets out of that dangerous town of “Riverdale.”
As for the lead character, Katy is described as a bold, big-hearted and independent twenty-something New Yorker, who aspires to be a fashion designer. When she’s not working as a personal shopper at a luxury department store, she’s navigating friendship and dating in the big city.
Hale joins Murray as well as Camille Hyde, Lucien Laviscount, Jonny Beauchamp, and Julia Chan in the pilot. Beauchamp will play Jorge/Ginger Lopez. By day, Jorge works at his family’s bodega. By night, his drag alter ego Ginger bartends and performs at a local club. Jorge always has aspired to be a Broadway performer, but he’s now looking to take his drag career to the next level.
Chan will play Pepper Smith, a New York City “It Girl” who is at the epicenter of all things trendy. As the funny, magnetic life of the party, she dreams of opening her very own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory. But behind all the outrageous noise, no one quite knows where she gets all her money — or if she even has any.
Hyde will play Alexandra Cabot, a powerful, savvy and chic New York socialite who is an SVP at her father’s company. Both respected and feared, Alexandra is competitive with her brother, who has a very different vision for the record label. Laviscount is set as her brother, Alexander, the CEO of his father’s company who dreams of rebooting its dormant record label division, which attracts him to Josie. He’s cut from a different cloth than his billionaire family, as he’d rather take the subway and listen to vinyl, and he secretly DJs at a dive club.
Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi will write and executive produce, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater also executive producing.
Fingers crossed we’ll get to see this pilot become a series. We love any excuse to have Lucy singing again.