Riverdale's immense popularity has already produced one successful spin-off, and now another is in the works. This one also comes from an Archie Comics series called Katy Keene. It focuses on the character of Katy Keene, and would likely be set in New York City... if it gets picked up. Like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, this show would tie-in to the larger universe of Riverdale though not necessarily have direct crossover episodes like in The CW's Arrowverse.
The connections between the two shows will vary in importance. Sometimes, they'll be simple easter eggs or tidbits only die-hard fans can pick up on. Other times, though, they'll be crucial to this new spin-off. There's a lot we still don't know about the new show, but there are some things we do. Here are 21 of the juiciest tidbits about Riverdale's newest spin-off show.
Although Riverdale has featured a number of musical episodes, it seems Katy Keene will put an even greater emphasis on music. Like Glee before it, it seems the show will work to integrate musical numbers into its episodes frequently. Given some of the characters involved in the show, this makes quite a bit of sense.
It's unclear what form these numbers will take right now. These numbers might be elaborate fantasies, or they could be integrated into the stories the show is telling. Either way, it'll be great to have another musical dramedy on TV to fill the Glee-sized hole in some people's hearts.
Katy Keene's skills were wide-ranging in the comic books, but on this new show, she'll pursue a career as a fashion designer. Naturally, New York City is the best place to do that. Although Katy will be the show's central figure, the show will also follow her friends as they pursue their dreams in the Big Apple, too.
The biggest connection that Riverdale will have with its new spin-off comes through Josie McCoy. If the show is picked up, Josie will leave Riverdale to pursue a music career in New York City on this show. This seems like a perfectly natural extension of Josie's character. Since the show's pilot, she's seemed like someone who was destined for bigger things than the small-town life of Riverdale's residents.
Josie's a star so bright she needs a bigger place to contain her. Thankfully, it seems like Katy Keene may be the perfect container for her, and for Ashleigh Murray, who plays her.
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In addition to Josie, we've also learned quite a bit about many of the supporting players on Katy Keene. The first pair of actors cast are Camille Hyde and Lucien Laviscount, who will play siblings on the show. Although the actors have never taken on starring roles before, both of them have credits from plenty of familiar shows.
Camille previously worked on American Vandal and The Good Doctor, and Lucien has credits on Scream Queens and Episodes. Needless to say, both actors have some experience playing young people in distress. I have a feeling that might come in handy in their work on Katy Keene.
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It's good to be a producer who creates an entire universe of interconnected fiction worlds. Just ask the folks behind Marvel movies. Although the Riverdale universe isn't that big yet, it's certainly getting there. Much of that success is thanks to Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who brought Riverdale and Sabrina to the screen.
Roberto has a fledgling universe under his wing. His decision to give the Archie comics characters gritty reboots turned out to be an excellent one. Not only is Riverdale an enormous hit, it's one that's turned into a profitable long-term venture for him and for The CW. Everyone's a winner here.
Although Riverdale isn't a musical TV show, the show's creator has worked on musical shows before — and created two musical episodes for Riverdale. Also, he worked on Glee when that show was still on the air. He also has some Broadway experience working on troubled productions like It's a Bird...It's a Plane...It's Superman, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark and the musical adaptation of American Psycho.
Not all of those projects were tremendous successes, but they do prove that Roberto has some experience in this realm. That experience may ultimately prove to be invaluable if this show becomes a series. After all, someone's going to have to write all those songs.
Riverdale is very much a story about darkness and intrigue. Based on everything we know about Katy Keene, that show's tone will be a little bit lighter. The show's description success it'll be about artistic strivers who are trying to make it in New York. Given the musical elements the show will involve, it'll likely be a truer mix of comedy and drama than Riverdale.
That tonal variation could be hugely important. It might be nice to get out of the grim, dark corners of Riverdale and take solace in a brighter, more colorful New York. Hopefully the show's music is worth the wait.
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Camille Hyde's role on Katy Keene will be as an SVP at her father's company. Apparently, Alexandra Cabot is a savvy, chic, powerful women who is respected on feared by those who know her. Both she and her brother work for their father's record company, and they have competing visions for that company's future.
This whole thing is reminiscent of Empire in the best way. Sibling rivalry is a tale as old as time. One has to imagine that, given Josie's desire to pursue a music career, it's safe to say that she'll likely get tangled up with both Alexandra and her brother over the show's run.
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Opposite Camille's Alexandra will be Lucien Laviscount's Alexander. Alexander is the CEO of his father's company, and he dreams of reviving the record label portion of the company. Inevitably, this leads him to cross paths with Josie. Whereas Alexandra is smart and classy, Alexander's vibe is a little more earthy.
He would rather take the subway than a private car, and he's into vinyl. He's a CEO, but also he DJs at a dive bar on the side. Basically, he's a hipster. Which is fine, there's honor in being a hipster. He just has to own up to it and is honest with himself.
This was initially a little up in the air, in part because the other Riverdale spin-off went straight to Netflix. Maybe in part because Katy Keene will feature a Riverdale cast member, though, it'll air on The CW. Of course, it'll likely end up on Netflix eventually, as do most things that live on The CW.
The fact that it's airing on The CW first does mean it's going to air one episode at a time. Those hoping to binge watch won't be able to, at least not right away. Instead, they'll have to get to know the show's characters gradually, as they did on Riverdale.
There have been plenty of casting announcements for the show, but the most crucial role was one of the last to be filled. Many have noted that she does bear a certain resemblance to pop star Katy Perry. The singer won't be filling the role, but it seems her style was somewhat inspired by the character. Maybe she'll cameo?
Instagram / Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
One of the latest casting announcements told the world who would be playing the titular character — Pretty Little Liars star, Lucy Hale! It makes sense... The CW loves recycling actors and Lucy was on the network's Life Sentence before it got canceled after just one season. She definitely looks the part and everyone seems stoked to have her onboard! After all, a name like that is sure to attract an audience!
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In addition to the siblings that were announced, two other characters have been cast as well. These characters will be played by Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan, two fairly fresh faces. Jonny is a Puerto Rican actor who is native to New York City. His previous credits include Stonewall and Penny Dreadful.
Julia, on the other hand, was already the star of a Canadian TV series called Saving Hope. She's also voicing a recurring character in an upcoming season of Bojack Horseman.
There's a problem... Jonny Beauchamp is cast as Ginger Lopez... who has already appeared on Riverdale (the cheerleader on the left in the GIF). While the character has been given a super interesting twist on Katy Keene, it's always a little annoying to see a spin-off show completely ignore a piece of the OG show just because they want to do their own thing.
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Like we said, although Ginger Lopez has already appeared on Riverdale, it appears that Katy Keene is going to create an entirely new character to be played by Jonny Beauchamp. During the day, Jonny's character is Jorge Lopez, who works at his family's bodega. At night, though, he becomes his drag alter ego Ginger and performs at local clubs.
Jorge/Ginger's biggest dream is to be on Broadway, and like most of the show's characters, he's ready to take things to the next level. He's a dreamer, and he's willing to do what it takes to make those dreams real. He should be an exciting part of this show.
While Jorge/Ginger is dreaming about the great white way, Julia Chan's character has got all of New York's culture on her mind. Pepper Smith is a New York socialite always concerned with what's trendy. She's the life of the party. But there's a certain mystery surrounding her because it's not really clear where she's getting all her money from. She might not even have any.
Above all else, what Pepper really wants is to start her own version of Andy Warhol's factory. She wants to create a space for artists to come together and create. That impulse to create is likely to be one of the show's defining ideas.
If you're good at everything, you should do everything. That's definitely Katy Keene's philosophy, at least in the comic books. In those issues, she's a model, an actress, and a singer. And why not? If she's good at all three, they can work fairly seamlessly into a single career.
The new Katy Keene will start out focused on becoming a fashion designer, but who knows where life will take her? If Katy Keene is successful, it could run for years. In that time, Katy could find a dozen new careers that she wants to try, and succeed in all of them.
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Although the pickup of the pilot is not a sure thing, it's definitely a good bet. The other Riverdale shows have been big successes. Why would The CW want to mess up a good thing?
Although Katy Keene may be a new name to many Riverdale fans, her history is actually quite long. She was created in 1945 by Bill Woggon, and wasn't a consistent presence in the Archie Comics lineup. She was a fashion-focused character in her initial run, and she disappeared in the 1960s.
Eventually, she reemerged in the 1980s under author Craig Leavitt, who was quite passionate about the character. Katy's age has varied with every iteration of the series from a teenager to someone in their early 20s. I would guess she'll be on the older side, given how old Josie is supposed to be in the series.
Although the connections between Katy Keene and Riverdale won't always be explicit, there will likely be easter eggs scattered throughout the show. On The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, easter eggs were scattered throughout the season to give Riverdale fans clues as to how the two shows are connected.
Katy Keene likely wont feature any supernatural elements, so the easter eggs might be a little more straight forward. Even so, there will likely be plenty of things for eagle-eyed viewers to look out for. Everything from brand names to minor characters could cross over, and many fans might miss those connections.
Because the show will take place in New York City, the best way for it to overlap with Riverdale is through Veronica. After all, before she moved to Riverdale, the city was her home. We've already met some character's from Veronica's world, including Nick St. Clair, who turned out to be a serial rapist.
If he's still lurking in New York, he could cause trouble for the Katy Keene crew. Of course, that might be a little too dark for the lighter tone this show is trying to strike. We could also meet new characters from Veronica's past, ones that are a little more fun to hang out with than Nick.
The nice thing about all of the Riverdale universe shows is that they seem to take place outside of time, to some extent. The first episode seems to take place in 2016, but since then, dates haven't really played a huge role. Even so, it's clear that the show takes place at least roughly in the present.
On Katy Keene, that is less likely to be the case. Because Josie is supposed to be in her 20s on that show, and she's still a teenager on Riverdale, the show will have to take place in a not-so-distant future. What that future looks like is anyone's guess.
Instagram / Lucy Hale
Possibly accidentally, Lucy Hale spilled that the pilot episode is filming at Coney Island. She shared a pic of the Coney Island ferris wheel, then another selfie that mentioned having a fever at work. Others have revealed that filming has begun — plus, Coney Island is pretty quintessentially New York City. We can not wait to see which other New York spots the Katy Keene cast and crew hit up. We will be waiting (im)patiently.
Zane Holtz and Katherine LaNasa were added to the growing cast on March 26. You probably remember Zane from his small role in the 2003 work of artHoles or as cutie Austin Tucker in Make It Or Break It. He's had other roles since then, including being hot in Demi Lovato's music video for "Confident," but Katy Keene will become his most recognizable role pretty quickly. Katherine has had a long career in television and film, but you'd probably remember her from the CW's Dynasty reboot. Zane will play Katy's wrestler boyfriend Ko Kelly, while Katherine is a personal shopping icon at a big department store, meaning we'll likely see her as Katy's mean boss.