EXCLUSIVE. Picked-up by The CW a few days ago with a bunch of other pilots, Riverdale’s second spin-off Katy Keene is a musical drama way different from the mothership and The Chilliing Adventures of Sabrina, but still based on Archie Comics. Here’s a list of the main characters involved.
The offshoot is written by Riverdale creator Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and executive producer Michael Grassi with Greg Berlanti producing for Warner Bros. Television and Berlanti Productions. It follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio, reminiscent of Glee‘s fourth season or such shows as The Carrie Diaries and The Bold Type.
Mostly female-driven, it’s centered around fashion legend-to-be KATY KEENE, a friend of Veronica Lodge, who got her own comics in 1949 during 12 years before a revival in the 80s. She’s a young woman in her 20s, ambitious and talented. She has a boyfriend, KO KELLY, a semi-pro boxer with an incredible body in his 20s too. She works at Lacy’s Department Store with her arch-rival AMANDA and her boss GLORIA GRANDBILT, an impeccable and glamourous diva in her 40s, a world-class Personal Shopper. One of their clients is ALEXANDRA CABOT, heiress to the Media Cabot Empire, a powerful twentysomething with a white streak in her air, like in the comics.
Katy lives in an apartment with two roomates, one of which is the direct link between the show and Riverdale. It’s JOSIE MCCOY, the Pussycat singer who’s leaving her hometown to pursue a solo career in New York City. Her fellow friends Melody & Valerie are not in the pilot, but they’ll probably pop up at some point. She’s played by Ashleigh Murray, who should be back in the iconic role. She meets Katie through their common friendship with Veronica. The other roomate is JORGE LOPEZ aka GINGER LOPEZ. His parents own the building. He’s 20, cute, gay and performs as a drag queen in a ballroom (think Ryan Murphy’s Pose) . Finally, there’s PEPPER SMITH, a young journalist and a feminist, who’s well connected: she knows everyone in the biz.
Casting for the roles is underway. The pilot will shoot in New York this march.