Josie & The Pussycats Got The Shaft RE: The Newest Riverdale Spin-Off
After the success of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina starring Kiernan Shipka and Ross Lynch, it was only a matter of time before Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and the Riverdale masterminds were at it again. According to Entertainment Weekly, The CW has ordered a pilot for another Archie Comics TV show called Katy Keene.
Katy Keene, if it gets picked up for a full-series order (which, let’s face it, is pretty much a guarantee), will be a show about the eponymous character and three other peeps made famous in the comic books as they live in NYC as twentysomething-year-olds. Teen Vogue reports that Gloria Grandbilt (Katy’s comic book rival), Lucki Lorelei, K.O. Kelly (Katy’s comic BF), and Sis (Katy’s sister) will be other comic book characters adapted to live action in the TV show. Oh, and since the “Carrie: The Musical” episode of Riverdale was such a hit that there’s another Heathers-inspired musical ep coming, it’s not a crazy surprise that Katy Keene is a musical TV show.
The #Riverdale universe expands! Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Extra-thrilled to be doing this with my pal Michael Grassi @thatthingofwhen! ❤️🧨💥💎💋💃🏻👠👛🧵👨🏻💻 pic.twitter.com/NsM82bv1AE
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) January 24, 2019
We wonder if RAS will do a Katy Keene/Riverdale crossover. He’s been hesitant to bring Sabrina and Riverdale together properly — but they’re not on the same network so it ALMOST makes sense. We are slightly bummed that the musical Riverdale spin-off isn’t centered on Josie and the Pussycats, though. That seems like a major missed opportunity — and one that was, at least at one point, in the works.
During a Build Series interview, Ashleigh Murray, who plays Josie McCoy said, “There have been discussions and wishful thinking [about a spin-off].” Plus, it seems like this Katy Keene idea was supposed to have Josie at the center.
“I want to bring Josie to New York. I want her to have her first big city experience,” Ashleigh said in March of 2017.
She also told MTV in February of that year, “If we ever did get a spin-off, I hope it follows her first trip to New York City. I think she would lose her mind. She would do really well, but I’m not sure her Pussycats would fare the same…Valerie might be able to hang, but I’m not sure Melody would want to do it because she’s got her own aspirations outside of music — she just happens to know how to play the drums and love performing, but it’s not her dream. So it might create a rift because New York isn’t for everyone. You have to be a certain kind of person with a certain kind of spirit to really connect to a city like that, and Josie absolutely has that.”
Sorry, girl. That’s brutal.
I hate musicals. And why not a Josie and the Pussycats spin off? Would’ve been much better IMO pic.twitter.com/yPNGNuFn85
— Riverdale + Sabrina Wiki (@RiverdaleWiki) January 24, 2019
At this point, we can only start imagining who RAS and Michael Grassi will choose for the roles. We’re sure there are a lot of up-and-coming actors looking to replicate the success of Lii Reinhart, Camila Mendes, and Madelaine Petsch, and this show will be the perfect opportunity to rise to fame (or maintain it).