The CW has released its first official synopsis for the new Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene, which finds the title character in New York City with some familiar Archie Comics characters.
A RIVERDALE spinoff, KATY KEENE follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City…together.
Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father’s corporate empire. But Alexander’s dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media’s powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister. Josie and Katy’s roommate Jorge works at his family’s bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all.
Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy’s Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. But Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, KO Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they’ll find long-lasting friendship. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Michael Grassi (“Riverdale,” “Supergirl”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics Publisher & CEO), KATY KEENE is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.
For fans of the Archie Comics line, several of these characters may seem familiar, such as Ginger Lopez, a character that was introduced during Archie's modern era. Lopez also appeared in an episode of Riverdale as one of Cheryl's cheerleaders. However, this "Ginger Lopez" doesn't seem to be the same character, making the namedrop most likely an Easter Egg for fans.
Pepper Smith, on the other hand, has roots with Josie and the Pussycats from the comics. Josie herself left Riverdale to pursue her music career, a plot thread which appears to carry on throughout the Katy Keene show. While she isn't with her Pussycats, she appears to have a new set of friends, including the titular Katy Keene. Keene, of course, was the star of her own comic series within Archie lore.
The following image was also released, showcasing Lucy Hale's Katy Keene under the bright glow of the Big Apple's lights.
Katy Keene hails from Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, who also serves as an executive producer and co-writer of the pilot with Michael Grassi. Maggie Kiley (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) directed the pilot, and the series stars Lucie Hale and Ashleigh Murray. It will air later this year on The CW.