The CW and Archie Comics have announced the television network has officially picked up The Archie television series for a pilot.
The good news is some actors and talented crew are going to make some money. The bad news is a pilot commitment doesn’t mean a series commit from the network. Knowing The CW is big on team dramas, and the current run of Archie, written by Mark Waid, is fantastic, I’d put my money on a full series before April.
The one-hour drama will be written by Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and produced by Warner Brothers Studios and Berlanti Productions and has been described as a subversive take on the classic Archie mythos. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
If you have been paying attention to the CBS series, Supergirl, you’ll notice Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa’s name is all over that show. Roberto penned the popular Afterlife with Archie series, that really turned Riverdale on its ear, so I’m looking forward to see what the team will be able to do with the television adaptation.
The show will focus on the eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge, and will include the entire cast of characters from the comic books—including Archie’s rival, Reggie Mantle, and his slacker best friend, Jughead Jones.
Kevin Keller will also be a part of the show, and is said to play a big part in the goings on at the school, and look for the show to bring in other Archie characters like Josie and the Pussycats. With the success of Sabrina the Teenage Witch on ABC several years ago (decades?) I would be surprised if magic made its way into the show.
via Archie Comics