Riverdale is set to premiere tonight on The CW. The series takes the wholesome American comic and blends it with a film noir tone as the series kicks off following the students of Riverdale high when a student is murdered.
While the series will maintain many of the traditional elements from the comic, it will feature a new dynamic in the iconic love triangle between Archie (K.J. Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), and Veronica (Camila Mendes). Rather than just being frienemies, the series will craft a new layer of tension for the love triangle by making Betty and Veronica first become best friends.
Speaking with The Wrap, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa said he wasn’t interested in bringing to life the same exact love triangle from the comic:
“It was much more important for me to have Betty and Veronica be real friends, not bitchy frenemies. The truth is, Archie, Betty and Veronica will all have romantic storylines that don’t lock us into the love triangle — not at all during Season 1, at least.”
While the love triangle won’t be something the series will focus on right away, Aguirre-Sacasa did say that it is something they will resolve by the series finale:
“In the series finale, we’ll finally answer the question. If Betty and Veronica even care about Archie at that point — they will as friends, but they’re not waiting around for him to make his decision.”
Riverdale premieres tonight night at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Shannon Purser, Luke Perry, and Molly Ringwald. Here’s the 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…
Source: The Wrap