“Riverdale:” The CW’s Latest Series

Behind the scenes with KJ Apa, Camila Mendes as Vernoica, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, and Lili Reinhart as Betty. Photo by Katie Yu/The CW.

Behind the scenes with KJ Apa, Camila Mendes as Veronica, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, and Lili Reinhart as Betty. Photo by Katie Yu/The CW.

By Stephanie Pettway

Staff Reporter

On Jan. 26, The CW premiered its new show, “Riverdale.”

The American drama series is based on Archie Comics and includes the same characters from the comic book series.

Archie Comics is the publication responsible for the characters as well as the fictional setting, Riverdale, according to their website.

The series follows a boy named Archie Andrews, played by KJ Apa, and his friends as they explore the small town of Riverdale and the darkness and weirdness that develops within it.

“Based on what I’ve seen and heard, the whole storyline seems much darker than the other CW shows that I watch. There’s way more mystery and death involved,” said sophomore Tram Nguyen.

With 13 episodes in the first season, the first few that have aired center around the mysterious death of Jason Blossom.

Following his death, Archie strains his relationship with Jughead Jones, played by Cole Sprouse, as the issue weighs heavily on him.

Sprouse is commonly known for portraying Cody Martin on Disney Channel’s, “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody” and its spinoff series, “The Suite Life on Deck.”

“I knew he stopped acting for a while and I have always wonder what happened, but it’s nice to see him back on the screen taking on a different character perspective. It will be different seeing him have a more mature role based off the characters he played in the past,” said Nguyen. “Also, it will be nice to see how much he has grown as an actor.”

The comic series illustrated Archie as an all-American boy. In the show, he and his friends are dealing with darker issues such as murder and bribery.

“This is the first time Archie has come to prime time in a real way,” said Chief Creative Director of Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, in an interview with USA Today. “You get the benefits of being associated with a huge brand but you get to tell a different kind of story.”

Some students at Sacred Heart University have heard of the show’s growing population.

“I do not watch it, but from what I heard, it seems interesting,” said sophomore Buse Okten. “I think I would watch it. I like uncovering mysteries and thrillers. I would be really into it.”

Others have seen multiple shows from the network, and enjoy the different tone of each genre.

“The shows that I watch on The CW are ‘The Flash,’ ‘Jane the Virgin,’ and ‘iZombie.’ A lot of these shows have more of a comedy feel, while ‘Riverdale’ seems like a serious show full of high school drama and issues,” said Nguyen. “However, I think it might be interesting because it can connect to students.”

“Riverdale” airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on The CW.

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