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No one ex­pected a comic book pop­u­lar among teens in the 1940s to get a tele­vi­sion re­make to­day, but with Riverdale The CW de­liv­ers the recog­nis­able world of Archie comics but with a dis­tinctly darker, sex­ier feel. Think Twin Peaks meets Gos­sip Girl.

The show opens with t he mys­te­ri­ous death of Riverdale High’s star quar­ter­back as stu­dents re­turn for t he new school year. Hunky New Zealand ac­tor KJ Apa stars as iconic red­head Archie An­drews in his f irst big US role and has re­ally be­come ripped for t he part (and fre­quently mis­places his shirt). The cen­tral plot ro­tates around t he love tri­an­gle be­tween Betty, Archie and Veron­ica from t he comic books. Betty’s gay bestie Kevin Keller also has a big role and is “friends-but-mostly-ben­e­fits” with a clos­eted jock at school.

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