Netflix has snapped up the exclusive UK rights to The CW’s Riverdale, with the show premiering on the streaming service on Friday 27th January – within 24 hours of its US debut.
Written by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and executive produced by Arrow, Supergirl and The Flash’s Greg Berlanti, the teen drama is based on the characters by Archie Comics, with a hint of Twin Peaks thrown in.
Here’s the show’s official synopsis:
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 Archie doesn’t have anyone who will mentor him — certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats. It’s all weighing heavily on Archie’s mind — as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse).
Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she’s not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty’s nerves – which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren’t the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there’s an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn’t want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie.
And then there’s Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch). Riverdale’s Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason? Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows…
The show, which is produced by Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, will be released on Netflix exclusively in the UK, starting on Friday 27th January 2017. New episodes will then arrive every week within 24 hours of their stateside broadcast.
For more on what’s coming to Netflix UK in January 2017, click here.