In January, your comic book comfort food world will be turned upside down when Riverdale premieres on the CW. The new series based on the long-running Archie comics and produced by Arrowverse mastermind Greg Berlanti will shake your world with tales of friendship gone wrong, inappropriate teacher/student relations and murder most foul. What this series needs is a little nostalgia to soften the blow, so enter Molly Ringwald. The star of the John Hughes triumvirate The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink will be appearing on Riverdale as the mother of everyone’s favourite redhead, Archie Andrews.
According to TV Line, we’ll have to wait a while to see Ringwald’s first appearance on the show, the tenth episode to be precise. Ringwald’s character, Mary Andrews, left Riverdale two years before the events of the series, but returns at a pivotal moment much to the surprise and suspicion of her son Archie (K.J. Apa) and husband Fred (Luke Perry). Mary will also reunite with two of her own school friends, Hermione Lodge (Marisol Nichols) and Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick), just in time for Riverdale’s homecoming where nothing absolutely consequential will happen.
Ringwald is still best known for being Hughes’ muse in the 80s, but she has worked extensively over the last 30 years; she played Shailene Woodley’s mom in The Secret Life of the American Teenager, she was the voice of the Dark Princess in the new Rainbow Brite cartoon, and she appeared as Aunt Bailey in the Jem and the Holograms movie. She’s currently signed on to appear in only two episodes of Riverdale, which, if you need reminding, is about…
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…
Riverdale premiere January 26 on the CW.