– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Image via The CW

Image via The CW

When news first dropped that the CW was developing a TV show based on the Archie Comics, there wasn’t a lot of initial support. Let’s be real here…who actually reads those cheesy comics consistently enough to warrant a TV show? Even when I was a kid, I knew they were too wholesome for their own good. But what do I know? Apparently, the comic does well enough to have survived all these decades, but regardless, a live-action TV show seemed like a strange move.

That is, until they revealed the actual premise.

Yes, this will be a show based on Archie Comics, but it will actually be using that “picture perfect” setting in a similar way Twin Peaks did in the ‘90s. Behind that perfect guise, there will be a creepy undertone to the whole thing. If that minor description doesn’t really pique your interest, check out the new teaser below.

This certainly ain’t your daddy’s Archie, but I do wonder how truly dark they will be going in this one. How strange will these characters be, and what will be the underlying mystery that ties this whole thing together? I’m interested to see the secrets that’ll be uncovered — especially since this show is destined to be one of the most self-aware shows out there. It’s a perfect fit over at the CW.

Below is the synopsis for Riverdale:

“Set in present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is 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”

What did you think of this first teaser? Let us know your thoughts down below!

Riverdale premieres on the CW on Thursday, January 26, 2017.

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.