The CW’s “Riverdale” has been making quite a splash amongst fans and critics alike. Reimagining the world of Archie and friends, Riverdale has proved a success in every respect. Part of that success has been due to the cast that’s accompanied the show.
The show recently brought 80s’ teen idol Molly Ringwald to “Riverdale,” revealing her as Archie Andrews’ mom. Audiences finally saw his enigmatic mother, getting one mystery, out of a plethora, solved; the overall reception was a positive one.
For a while now however one character has proved even more elusive, mentioned only in hushed whispers, but never seen: Hiram Lodge. The father to Veronica Lodge and an essential character to the Archie Comics universe, Hiram Lodge has been locked away in prison for the entirely of Season 1. As opposed to his comic book counterpart, and in staying true to the darker nature of “Riverdale,” this version of Hiram Lodge, though unseen, has proven ruthless, Machiavellian in his influence, and potentially terrifying.
Viewers who have wondered just who would be taking on the iconic role, wanting to know what Hiram would look like now have their answer. According to TVLine, “Riverdale” has cast actor Mark Consuelos, a television icon of the 1990s, to play the part. Consuelos will make his debut as Hiram Lodge in Season 2 of “Riverdale” and is said to become a series regular – though there is a potential hitch in that plan.
While Consuelos is signed on as Veronica’s father, he’s also co-starring on Fox’s baseball drama “Pitch”; his role on “Pitch” is taking priority currently. For the actor to stay a series regular on Riverdale, “Pitch,” would have to not be renewed for a second season; whether it will be renewed or not is a decision that’s currently up in the air. Additionally, Consuelos signed on for a recurring role on the upcoming fourth season of NBC’s “The Night Shift”; his schedule is clearly a busy one.
“Riverdale’s” official description of Hiram Lodge, describes him thusly:
A ruthless, handsome, charismatic businessman who is coming back to Riverdale after weathering a financial scandal that almost destroyed him. He is there to reconnect with his wife Hermione and, especially, his daughter Veronica, who is the apple of his eye.
Starring K.J. Apa as Archie Andrews, “Riverdale” airs Thursdays 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.