With the four Arrowverse shows, the CW is already home to one shared universe. Could it soon be home to two? That’s what fans are wondering with the debut of the Archie Comics-based teen soap “Riverdale” now just a few weeks away from its big midseason debut. Like the DC TV universe, the Archie line is home to plenty of characters that could hold down their own series — and the brains behind “Riverdale” are firmly aware of that fact.
During the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Archie Comics Chief Creative Officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke about the potential for spinoffs, as reported by IGN. Aguirre-Sacasa said that while they were initially considering Sabrina the Teenage Witch for a film, it’s more likely that she’ll return to television.
“We definitely want to do something with Sabrina,” revealed Aguirre-Sacasa during the “Riverdale” panel. “We’ve talked about ‘Sabrina’ being something a bit darker and more like ‘Rosemary’s Baby.’ It’s not going to be like the half-hour sitcom with Melissa Joan Hart.”
There’s also the chance that Sabrina will appear on “Riverdale” first, as Aguirre-Sacasa told Entertainment Weekly. He told the magazine, “I’ll just tease that Sabrina has potential with a capital P.”
Josie and the Pussycats also have a part to play on “Riverdale.” When IGN asked if it’s possible they could get their own series, Aguirre-Sacasa said that “Riverdale’s” success could lead to one. “In success, who knows? Right now, we’re very, very happy to have her on the show,” said Aguirre-Sacasa. “I love the music component of the show. I think people will lose their minds when they see the Pussycats doing ‘Sugar, Sugar.’ … So who knows in success, but right now she’s happily in Riverdale.”
Aguirre-Sacasa isn’t the only one taking a wait-and-see approach to the potential “Riverdale” universe. As Variety reported, CW president Mark Pedowitz said “talk to me in about five or six weeks” when asked about more potential Archie series.
In his chat with IGN, Aguirre-Sacasa also said that there’s more in store for the Archie characters beyond what’s on the CW. “We want to do some animated movies. We want to do some stage work,” he said, mentioning the musical that Will Ferrell and Adam McKay have been working on since 2015. While there’s little known about it, it is known that the musical will be lighter in tone than “Riverdale.” “As far as I know, they’re breaking it right now,” said Aguirre-Sacasa of the musical’s progress.
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” will debut Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm on The CW. The series also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead Jones, Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge, Lili Reinhart as Betty Cooper, Ross Butler as Reggie Mantle and more. “Breakfast Club” alum Molly Ringwald will also recur as Archie’s mother Mary.