Three more Vancouver-based series — the CW’s Riverdale and Batwoman and Netflix’s Maid, all from Warner Bros TV — have been cleared to resume production today after receiving the delayed COVID-19 tests for their casts and crews. The trio, which had been dark for more than a week, are the first WBTV series impacted by the lab delays to go back to production. Several other WBTV shows remain idle, with the CW’s The Flash said to be poised to kick off filming later this week.
BEVERLY HILLS, Calif. (AP) — Luke Perry will be honored in the season premiere of “Riverdale,” with his former “Beverly Hills, 90210” co-star Shannen Doherty guest starring. Mark Pedowitz, president of The CW, told a TV critics meeting on Sunday that the episode is “a moving piece” and “a tribute to our friend and a […]
Perry had played construction company owner Fred Andrews, father of main character Archie Andrews, for three seasons on Riverdale, the CW series that gives a dark take on “Archie” comics. A fourth season has been slated. He rose to fame playing Dylan McKay on Beverly Hills, 90210.
The CW on Thursday went on something of a renewal tear, picking up additional seasons of 10 current series — aka nearly its entire lineup. The list of shows confirmed to return for the 2019-20 TV season includes The Flash, Arrow, Riverdale, Supernatural, Supergirl, Black Lightning and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. Freshman entries Charmed and Legacies also scored renewals, as did (wait for it) perpetual cellar-dweller Dynasty.
After debuting in January to 1.4 million total viewers and a 0.5 demo rating, the Archie Comics-inspired drama thus far is averaging 1.2 million and a 0.5 — ranking behind Supernatural as The CW’s No. 2 non-superhero show. It also enjoys DVR playback bumps of 78% and 85% in the young-skewing adults 18-34 and women 18-34 demos. Riverdale is the eighth CW series to score an early pickup for the 2017-18 TV season.
The CW’s new drama Riverdale — based on the Archie Comics characters — offers the season’s most intriguing test as to whether IP can truly help launch a show, even if its intended audience will likely have very little knowledge of the source material.