Spinning out of Riverdale, fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger, and “It Girl” Pepper Smith — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City…together.
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Josie McCoy is heading to the big city as Riverdale gets a spinoff in Katy Keene. Ashleigh Murray will star in the series, which is getting a pilot, and will be from Riverdale creator/executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa, Berlanti Productions, and Warner Bros. TV.
A 20-something Jose McCoy will head off on a new adventure in the big city determined to break into the music scene.
The series will be written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi and follows the lives of four iconic Archie characters including fashion legend-to-be Katy Kene and singer/songwriter Jose McCoy (Murray).
If the series is picked up, Murray will exit Riverdale. Since the series takes place years in the future there won’t be a crossover episode the introduce the Archie universe to Katy Keene.
Riverdale, meet Archie Andrews.
KJ Apa will play America’s favorite teen in The CW‘s live-action Riverdale TV series, joining Ashleigh Murray as talented musician Josie McCoy. The news comes hot on the heels of other major casting news for the pilot, including the naming of Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, and Luke Perry as Fred Andrews.
The announcement described Apa’s Archie as “an intense, conflicted teen, a boyish high school sophomore who got pumped up over the summer working construction and is now juggling the interest of several girls, as well as trying to balance his passion for writing and performing music — against the wishes of his father and his football coach.”
Murray’s Josie is described as “a gorgeous, snooty and ambitious girl who is the lead singer for popular band Josie and the Pussycats. She has zero interest in recording any songs written by fellow teen Archie.”
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. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter, Jon Goldwater, and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa serve as executive producers.
The live-action series offers a bold, subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends, exploring small-town life and the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. 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.