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Netflix has closed a global streaming licensing deal with FX that will see "The People v. O.J. Simpson" first season appear on the streaming giant in early 2017. Subsequent seasons of the anthology crime drama will follow after they've run on linear television. The seasons will be available everywhere Netflix is - including the United States. [Source: Variety]
The CW's long-running "The Vampire Diaries" is coming to an end. Executive producers Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec revealed on Friday that the upcoming eighth season of the series will be its last. The sixteen episode run of the show kicks off October 21st with a series finale date to be announced later. [Source: The CW]
Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada has revealed that the upcoming Netflix series "Iron Fist" has more villains in its first season than any of the other shows Marvel and Netflix have collaborated on so far, »
- Garth Franklin
How will Riverdale differ from the original Archie Comics? New details about the upcoming CW series were revealed at this year's Comic-Con, says The Hollywood Reporter.From Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and executive producer Greg Berlanti, the teen drama will be a subversive and gritty take on the classic Archie Comics universe. The cast includes Kj Apa, Luke Perry, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, and Mädchen Amick.Read More… »
With this take, developed by Greg Berlanti and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa from the iconic “Archie” comic books, the titular town is one shrouded with mystery, murder and more than a little romance since the “Archie” characters are updated and definitely fit the CW brand of sexy.
In fact, in updating the characters, executive producer Sarah Schechter said that finding the right actor to play Archie proved to be the most difficult. “In this case we started about six months in advance because we knew how hard it was going to be to fill all these iconic shoes,” she said. “We were very worried, it’s very hard to do ‘Riverdale’ without Archie but luckily K.J. (Apa) walked in and we were, like, done »
- Jim Halterman
The San Diego Comic-Con schedule for Archie Comics has officially been announced, including a special spotlight panel on Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Afterlife with Archie, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and a screening of the first episode of the new CW series Riverdale:
Press Release: New York, NY (July 11) Archie Comics, the acclaimed and bestselling comic book publisher that is home to some of the best-known pop culture creations in the world, including Archie, Jughead, Betty & Veronica, Josie & The Pussycats, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the hit Afterlife With Archie series, today unveiled plans for this year’s Comic-Con International: San Diego – timed to the launch of an all-new Betty & Veronica #1 from comic book legend Adam Hughes.
Betty & Veronica #1, hitting comic book shops and digital storefronts on Wednesday, July 20 – the same day doors open on Comic-Con International: San Diego 2016 – continues the stellar ‘New Riverdale’ relaunch of the beloved Archie »
- Derek Anderson
The spine-tingling terror from the world of Archie Horror continues this September as the next epic storyline Witch-War’ begins in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina #7 from modern masters of horror Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Robert Hack. Check out the cover by Robert Hack here, along with the variant from Moritat…
The events of the first game-changing story-arc have come to a head. Sabrina’s father is back among the living and Madame Satan’s master plan is finally revealed. Will Sabrina’s aunts be able to keep Sabrina safe and what lengths will they go to in order to protect her? “Witch-War” kicks off in September’s Sabrina #7!
“Witch-war” Part One (of Six): “The Revenants”: Sabrina’s father, Edward Spellman, is back from the dead, inhabiting the body of the newly resurrected Harvey Kinkle! Sabrina, believing the love of her high school life is back, arranges for a romantic rendezvous »
- Gary Collinson
Riverdale’s biggest mischief-maker has been known to be reckless at times, but accidentally kickstarting the zombie apocalypse is more than a guilt-ridden Reggie Mantle can handle in Afterlife with Archie #9, which is receiving a second printing with a special new cover.
After selling out via Diamond Comic Distributors (although issues may still be available at a comic store near you), Afterlife with Archie #9 was sent for another round at the printers to ensure that more readers can enjoy Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s apocalyptic take on Archie and friends.
The second printing of the ninth issue features a new cover by artist Francesco Francavilla (see below) and will hit shelves on July 6th, followed by the August 17th release of issue #10.
Betty: Rip Pt. 4, “The Trouble with Reggie.” The Horror began in Riverdale when Reggie Mantle struck and killed Jughead’s beloved pooch Hot Dog. »
- Derek Anderson
Despite the success of series like “Black-ish,” “Empire,” and “Fresh Off the Boat,” the broadcast networks’ push for diversity hit a stumbling block with the rollout of the new fall lineup. A Variety investigation into new scripted shows for the 2016-17 season reveals that 90% of showrunners are white, and almost 80% are male.
This is based on information provided by the five broadcast networks, which gave Variety the names of the showrunners of their new scripted programs (a total of 50 across 38 new series). Variety independently confirmed the race and gender of each, via multiple sources. All names and data used for this story is available below. (Showrunner designations were not yet available for four series — two at NBC and two at ABC — and information on those programs was not included in the statistical analysis of the new season.)
Showrunners not only determine the creative direction of their programs; they also oversee the hiring, »
- Maureen Ryan
Back in 2014, Fox began developing a show based on the long-running comic book series “Archie.” Greg Berlanti–who’s no stranger to comic book adaptations, having worked on The Flash and Arrow–is producing Riverdale, and chief creative officer of Archie Comics, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl), wrote the pilot. The one-hour drama is no longer set up at Fox, though. […]
- Jack Giroux
The CW has been building quite a lineup over the years. Its recent acquisition of Supergirl means that its becoming a go-to spot for superhero shows, but it also keeps sight of its teenage and older demographic, too. To that end, The CW has finally released a plot synopsis and first image for its series Riverdale, featuring beloved Archie Comics characters in a slightly darker scenario than the bubblegum stuff we usually think of when we think “Archie Andrews.”
First, the image, courtesy of the Archie Comics Twitter account:
Coming Soon! #Riverdale pic.twitter.com/UlltJ8KwRr
— Archie Comics (@ArchieComics) May 12, 2016
That’s Archie Andrews there (Kj Apa) along with Veronica Lodge (Camilla Mendes), Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse), and Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart). I have to say though that they don’t look much like their comic counterparts. In fact, they look like any group of overly attractive teenagers that appear on our television screens. »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
The CW has released trailers for its new shows ahead of the 2016-17 season, which were unveiled at the network’s Upfront presentation in New York on Thursday morning. The CW’s fall schedule includes film adaptation “Frequency” and hourlong comedy “No Tomorrow,” along with Season 2 of “Supergirl,” which is shifting to the network from corporate sibling CBS. Greg Berlanti’s “Riverdale” will debut at midseason.
Check out the new promos below.
Detective Raimy Sullivan (Peyton List) has always wanted to prove that she is nothing like her father. In 1996, when Raimy was eight years old, NYPD Officer Frank Sullivan (Riley Smith) left Raimy and her mother, Julie (Devin Kelley), behind when he went deep undercover, got corrupted, and got himself killed. Or so the story has always gone. Few people knew about the secret undercover sting operation Frank was really charged with, led by Stan Moreno (Anthony Ruivivar »
- Laura Prudom
This is…different. Archie Andrews, Betty Cooper, Veronica Lodge, and the rest of the gang are making the jump to live-action this fall. Riverdale is part of The CW’s 2016-2017 mid-season line-up, but based on the latest information, this isn’t your childhood Archie Comics. More like Twin Peaks meets Dawson’s Creek. Check out this official synopsis that includes a startling new characterization for one Ms. Grundy! 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 »
- Donna Dickens
The CW has a "super" new lineup for Fall 2016-2017, including the arrival of "Supergirl," which appears to be making a smooth transition from CBS on the same night and time, plus "Supernatural" moving once again for Season 12, this time back to Thursdays. The network really wants to keep fans on their toes with that show (which also has new showrunners). Whatever. Fans will follow it wherever it goes, even if it gets traded to CBS like a network fantasy league.
"We have four terrific additions to our schedule next season, and five great anchors at eight o'clock, every night of the week. [...] We are thrilled to have Supergirl on The CW this fall, joining our popular roster of DC heroes. Plus, we have three new series lined up for next season that perfectly fit our brand, »
- Gina Carbone
“Supergirl” will land in its familiar Monday 8 p.m. time slot when the drama relocates from CBS to the CW in the fall.
The DC Comics superhero series will be paired on the night with the third season of CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” in what the network called the union of a woman with superpowers and an “everyday superwoman.” “We think ‘Supergirl’ will give a real boost to ‘Jane the Virgin,’ ” CW chief Mark Pedowitz said.
Meanwhile, new romantic comedy “No Tomorrow” lands the coveted Tuesday 9 p.m. slot behind CW’s highest-rated series, “The Flash.” Pedowitz said the offbeat show about a romance that blooms as the apocalypse draws near “shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism” that made it a good fit for the time slot.
CW has ordered four new dramas for the 2016-17 campaign (see listings below), with three settling onto the fall schedule. “Riverdale, »
- Cynthia Littleton
Fresh from the news that Supergirl is joining The CW, it has now been announced that the network has added another comic book-based show, having placed a series order for the live-action Archie Comics pilot Riverdale.
“This is a historic moment for Archie Comics – and I couldn’t be more proud,” said Archie Comics Publisher and CEO Jon Goldwater. “It’s a culmination of my time here, and I’m eager to see Greg Berlanti, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, The CW, Warner Brothers Studios, and the cast bring Riverdale to viewers every week. My promise to fans? You ain’t seen nothing yet.”
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, »
- Gary Collinson
The CW has picked up three new series for the 2016-17 season, ordering “Riverdale,” “Frequency” and “No Tomorrow.” Greg Berlanti‘s “Riverdale” is set in the present day and is based on the iconic Archie Comics characters. It is described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa will write and executive produce along with Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater. Also Read: 'Supergirl' Flies to The CW for Season 2 The network has also picked up “No Tomorrow, »
- Linda Ge
The CW has ordered three new series for the 2016-17 season, in addition to picking up “Supergirl” from CBS for Season 2 and renewing almost the entirety of their 2015-16 lineup.
“Riverdale” hails from Warner Bros. Television and “Supergirl” and “The Flash” executive producer Greg Berlanti’s Berlanti Productions. Set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, “Riverdale” is described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade. Berlanti serves as exec producer alongside Sarah Schechter, Jon Goldwater and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also penned the pilot, which was directed by Lee Toland Krieger.
The cast includes Lili Reinhart (“Surviving Jack”), Cole Sprouse (“The Suite Life of Zack and Cody”), Luke Perry (“Beverly Hills, 90210”, “Jesse Stone”), Kj Apa (“Shortland Street”) Marisol Nichols (“Gcb”), Mädchen Amick »
- Laura Prudom
Bret Easton Ellis practically had to resign from the human race when Simon & Schuster dropped his novel “American Psycho” in 1991. (Vintage quickly came to the rescue to publish it.) Who knew that such a scandalous book, condemned by Gloria Steinem for its depiction of women and labeled as violent porn by many others, would turn up on Broadway as a musical comedy, which opened Thursday at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre? “American Psycho,” the new musical by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Duncan Sheik, is not the novel or even the 2000 film starring Christian Bale. Investment banker and serial killer »
- Robert Hofler
The cast of “American Psycho” visited Stephen Colbert’s late night studio on April 2, ahead of their April 21 opening at the Schoenfeld Theatre. Previews began March 24. Starring Benjamin Walker as Patrick Bateman, Alice Ripley, Heléne Yorke, Drew Moerlein, and others, the production features music and lyrics from Duncan Sheik (“Spring Awakening”) with the book written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Rupert Goold directs the West End transfer that received raves before heading over the pond. “There are a lot of serious ideas within this book that I wanted to make sure our show is exploring,” Sheik told Backstage about the show in March. “That’s why I was really excited to have Rupert come on as the director.... I knew he would respect the fact that this wasn’t an exercise in camp but something that could be funny, entertaining, and incredibly thought-provoking that also delves into the psychology of these people »
Over the past few months, The CW has been putting together the main cast for its new series Riverdale, based on the iconic Archie Comics. Casting breakdowns that leaked in November teased that many of the main characters will be drastically altered. Although it was also confirmed that the new Archie will still be a redhead. Over the weekend, the Archie Comics Twitter page released the first photo of K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, showcasing his new redhead look.
Production is currently under way on the pilot episode in Vancouver, with K.J. Apa being joined by Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Cole Sprouse as Jughead and newcomer Camila Mendes as Veronica, in her first major role. Luke Perry also stars as Archie's dad, alongside Ashleigh Murray as Josie of Josie and the Pussycats, and Madelaine Petsch as the villainous Cheryl Blossom. The cast is rounded out by Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle, »
For those of you who have been anticipating Archie comics coming to television, this should make you happy. The very first image of the star of “Riverdale” playing Archie has come to life. In fact, Kj Apa has an incredible likeness to artist Fiona Staples’ take on the famous red-haired comic character. The photo which was originally published on Just Jared Jr., caught the actor on a break Saturday from filming the CW drama pilot. Written by Archie Comics Cco Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash”), Riverdale offers a “subversive” take on the world of Archie
Get Your First Look at Kj Apa as Riverdales “Archie” During CW Pilot Shoot »
- Nat Berman
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