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It’s tough being the CW, they already have so many successful programs that they only picked up three for the fall, and only two of them will debut in October. The odd man out is Archie. Well, make that Riverdale, the new CW series based on the long-running comic book character and his friends from super-producer Greg Berlanti (whose superhero series make up 40 per cent of the CW’s fall programming). You’ve heard for a while that this is not going to be your mother’s Archies, as Berlanti and Co. were going for something “modern”, “dark”, and “subversive”. Prepare to click all three boxes as you sink into the sorted and scandalous world of Riverdale.

The leaked trailer, which has a few glitches, can be viewed below.

Yeah. Trying getting the image of Archie shagging Ms. Grundy while Jason Blossom dies nearby out of your head. From the looks of this, it seems like pitch for Riverdale is “One Tree Hill meets Twin Peaks” but with, you know, the Archies. You might find it hard to believe this is Archie, except that Archie Comics actually had a pretty big hand in creating this, which will either prove the elasticity of the original concept or reveal that the company is a bit too desperate to get into TV game. This may be the safest bet of the year, but we’ll put money on this being a truly divisive show what it premieres next year.

Here’s the plot synopsis for the show:

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… Based on the characters from Archie Comics, RIVERDALE is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics).

So memo to long-time Archies fans (?)

Riverdale premieres sometime midseason on the CW.

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