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It’s not quite “justice for Barb,” but until Netflix gets around to announcing a second season of Stranger Things, this might be the next-best thing. Shannon Purser, who broke out this summer as Stranger Things fan favorite Barb, has joined the cast of The CW’s Riverdale in the role of Ethel Muggs. In the comics, Ethel’s a homely type who has a huge crush on Jughead, but her live-action small-screen counterpart will be headed in a different direction.  Read More »

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Riverdale opens with Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) explaining the summer that changed everyone’s lives. Since the character’s narration – he’s writing a novel – is filling audiences in on a teenager’s death, the tone is somber, which is a tone that doesn’t always work for the Riverdale pilot. When the first half-hour of the series gets dramatic, it feels too soon, as if the series’ creators, Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti and their writers presume we’re already on board with these characters simply because of who they are. What does makes us like some of these characters in the pilot is not the forced drama, but the easygoing charm amongst the kids, especially Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes)

Below, read our Riverdale Comic-Con reaction.

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Netflix and The CW have announced a new partnership. For the next few years, Netflix will exclusively stream The CW’s content, including this year’s Archie television show Riverdale. Under this deal, eight days after the Riverdale season finale airs the entirety of season one will be ready to watch on Netflix, and the same goes for The CW’s other programs.

Below, learn more about the CW Netflix deal.

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TV shows at 2016 Comic-Con

It feels like 2016 is just flying by, because we’re just over three weeks away from San Diego Comic-Con. We’ll be in the heart of all the pop culture craziness as usual, and it looks like fans are going to have their days packed pretty full if they plan on seeing everything that Warner Bros. Television has to offer. The TV studio is bring 21 shows to the convention this summer. That includes comic book favorites like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Gotham and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow and a slew of other geek friendly shows with large, loyal fanbases.

Get the full list of TV shows at 2016 Comic-Con after the jump. Read More »

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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. The CW is the new home to the series, which stars KJ Apa (Archie Andrews), Camilla Mendes (Veronica Lodge), Lili Reinhart (Betty Cooper), and Cole Sprouse (Jughead Jones).

The first promo image–a shot of the main cast–was recently released. Below, check out the Riverdale first look.

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This morning, The CW presented panels to the Television Critics Association. During the Executive Session with president Mark Pedowitz, they made several announcements that will be exciting to fans of their DC properties.

Megalyn E.K., who provides the voice of Vixen in the animated CW Seed series of the same title, will be reprise her role in live-action on an episode of Arrow. “CW Seed has always been considered an incubator,” Pedowitz added. “Megalyn E.K. will play the role in episode 15 or 16. It’s a great story to tell.” Pedowitz additionally revealed that Vixen has been renewed for a second season.

Pedowitz also announced that Kevin Smith himself will direct an episode of The Flash in May. Click through for additional updates on the Archie and Friday the 13th series, plus Pedowitz’s comments on the possibility of a female-led standalone superhero series on The CW. Read More »

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Fox Developing Archie Comics TV Series ‘Riverdale’

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Following the successes of Arrow, The Flash, Gotham, and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., yet another comic book series is being turned into a TV show. Only this one’s not based on Marvel, DC, or indeed any superhero franchise at all.

Fox is developing Riverdale, a new drama based on characters from the Archie comics. Greg Berlanti (of Arrow, The Flash, and the upcoming Supergirl) is producing and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (the chief creative officer of Archie Comics) is writing. More on the Archie Comics TV series after the jump.

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Take a break from reality for a minute with a couple of trailers for films you’ll never see. Or, as it really goes, trailers for a couple of films you’ll never see that are quite a bit like a great many other films you have seen. The Boston-set movies of the past decade get sent up in The Oscar-Winning Boston Movie, while Riverdale offers a new, ugly perspective on Archie comics. Read More »