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‘Riverdale’ Star KJ Apa Talks Bringing Archie to Life, Teases the Pilot & Much More

Set to premiere mid-season on The CW, Riverdale is a fresh take on the Archie Comics. The new TV show follows Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their friends as they explore the surrealism of small town life – the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome facade. Riverdale will stand out in a crowd of superhero shows on The CW as it brings a film noir take on the teen drama.

At SDCC 2016, Riverdale star KJ Apa (Archie) chats about bringing the iconic character to life, how his portrayal of Archie stands out and some Riverdale pilot teases.

Check out the full interview with KJ Apa below!

So what about Riverdale’s portrayal of Archie sets him apart?

KJ Apa: I think one of the main things is, and this goes for Archie and everyone else is we are getting deeper into the lives of each of these characters. In the comics, it’s just kind of the happy, kind of classic, happy, Archie characters. I think we really go deeper into the lives of these characters, which makes it I think, more appealing to people and more relatable. So, that’s definitely one thing.

How is it bringing this character to life and looking at the Archie Comics?

KJ Apa: It was tricky for me in the beginning. Coming from New Zealand and playing just an iconic American character, I was nervous. I don’t know. The fans are so aggressive. I was thinking, ‘Man I hope I don’t get too much stick from these guys.’ The feedback has been really well, really good. So, I’m really pleased with it.

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Comic Con International – Day 3

Following up yesterday’s post, where we caught up to date with Riverdale before the casts appearance at Comic Con International (also known as San Diego Comic Con), i bring to you the post all about yesterday where the cast promoted the show at the convention. Do not forget that their Comic Con only ends today, as the cast is scheduled to sign autographs at 11PM on Archie Booth 1829. I’ve added to the gallery all photos so far released, as i’m sure more will get released along the day mostly panel pictures, and bellow you’ll find all the information gathered yesterday plus interviews bellow the cut! A big thank you to my friend Steph, don’t forget to check out her site dedicated to Madelaine Petsch, Riverdale’s Cheryl Blossom!

  • KJ revealed that Archie writes a song about his romance with Ms. Grundy in the pilot.
  • Riverdale will be doing a big Halloween episode similar to Afterlife With Archie.
  • KJ confirms Sabrina will appear in the season finale, the same episode where he’ll finally decide between Betty and Veronica.
  • Riverdale panelists describing the vibe of the show as a “teenage Twin Peaks”.
  • They started casting Riverdale 6 months in advance. They wanted to fill the “iconic shoes” correctly.
  • KJ said he dyed his hair several times while shooting the pilot of Riverdale.
  • The murder of Jason Blossom will be solved by the end of season one!
  • When asked if KJ Apa was Team Betty or Team Veronica, he said that he was Team Jughead.
  • Showrunners teased most of the cast of Riverdale will be involved with each other at some point.
  • Showrunner said they wanted a “Teen Twin Peaks” vibe of the show.
  • Midge Klump will appear in episode 2.

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Masterpost: Riverdale Road to San Diego Comic Con

The day we all awaited for has finally arrived! No, its not Riverdale’s premiere but its the casts appearance at San Diego Comic Con, the biggest convention of them all! As far as we know the members attending the convention are KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Madelaine Petsch and Ashleigh Murray but who knows, maybe any other of the cast members will surprise us by making an appearance! To celebrate San Diego Comic Con i’ve decided to make a masterpost with all that has been happening the last few days, to prepare you for today!

  • It has been announced that season 1 is set to start shooting on September 7, in Vancouver!
  • Stephen Jackson (Once Upon A Time) will be the Director of Photography.
  • Talk Nerdy With Us and Starry Mag will be covering Riverdale during San Diego Comic Con.
  • Lisa Steinberg will be interviewing the cast as well.
  • Lee Toland Krieger will be directing episode 2 and 3 of Riverdale.
  • To get the fans pumped for the show, not only one poster has been released but also one episode still of Archie (KJ Apa) with his father, Fred Andrews (Luke Perry).
  • Riverdale had its pilot screening at San Diego Comic Con this Wednesday, July 20. The reviews for the pilot were good as its described as “a solid balance between tongue-in-cheek self-awareness and genuine emotions”. Nerdist wrote a post on the pilot, naming it “The best new drama of the season”, whilei09 went further by calling the series “Teenage Noir Soap Opera”.
  • The cast attended last night the SRSLY Superpower Hour with BuzzFeed and The CW as you can check out the first pictures from the event at our gallery, plus snapchat videos and photos on our twitter.

And looks like we’re all caught up for today! Hopefully a trailer will be released today, as we have been waiting for it quite a while now. As of San Diego Comic Con schedule for today, we have:

  • Archie Comics Forever: 75 Years of Storytelling (1:00PM / Room 4) – Its mostly related to the comics and not the show but on the events official description, it is said there might be a special Riverdale surprise appearance or two.
  • Riverdale Signing (5:30PM / Warner Bros. Booth)
  • Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A (6:30PM / Room 6BCF)

Make sure to follow us on twitter as we will be mostly there RT’ing and posting everything Riverdale and KJ Apa related that happens during San Diego Comic Con!

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‘Riverdale’ is heading to San Diego Comic Con!

We all saw it coming but only earlier we had the confirmation that Riverdale would make its way to San Diego Comic Con! According to the schedule Riverdale is one of the many shows to make it to SDCC’s annual Preview Night tradition on July 20. But that’s not all. On July 23, there will be another Pilot Screening followed by a Q&A! We’re not sure yet of who from the cast is attending the convention yet but keep an eye out as we will keep you informed if KJ is making an appearance or not!

Wednesday, July 20 • 6:00pm – 10:00pm
Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings
Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated series of the 2016-17 television season-Riverdale, Powerless, People of Earth, Frequency, and Time After Time-as well as a new episode ofTeen Titans Go!
Saturday, July 23 • 6:30pm – 7:25pm
Riverdale Pilot Screening and Q&A