CW's Katy Keene Is the Literal Future of the Riverdale Franchise

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Don't expect The CW's newly ordered pilot starring the Archie Comics character Katy Keene to cross over with the network's hit drama Riverdale.

That's because, as network President Mark Pedowitz explained at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, Katy Keene is set "years after Riverdale High School," and the character won't be introduced in Riverdale first.

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“There are no plans to do anything [regarding a crossover]," he told journalists. "Any of the Riverdale characters who come to Katy Keene will be older."

Pedowitz added that series developer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa "is getting the pilot right.” Aguirre-Sacasa is also responsible for that other Riverdale spinoff, Netflix's  The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which won't be crossing over with Riverdale or Katy Keene anytime soon either.

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Described as a drama-comedy musical in the vein of Glee, Katy Keene centers on "the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twentysomething dreams in New York City."

Katy Keene debuted in 1945 in Wilbur Comics #5, and has been reinvented on at least two occasions, over the decades, most recently in 2005, when Archie reintroduced her as a high school student with aspirations of becoming a model.

Katy Keene is written by Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, who will executive proudce alongside Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Archie's Jon Goldwater. Maggie Kiley is set to direct the pilot.

(via Deadline)

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