Fans of the teen drama genre might have a greater reason to look forward to. It seems Riverdale brings more hope to the genre when it premieres on The CW this January 26.
The TV adaptation of the classic Archie comics is a must-see series. Indeed, some consider it as the next big thing to hit the small screen.
Fans can expect to see the characters they have loved on print come to life. However, their stories might not be as wholesome as the comics are. Hence, the comparison of Riverdale CW to the network’s earlier teen drama series Gossip Girl.
Riverdale Likened to Gossip Girl
Vogue Australia considers the world of Riverdale as potentially the new Gossip Girl on The CW. Indeed, it has teen angst, bags of money, and bloody palms, the publication writes. Then again, any other upcoming teen drama could claim the title as well.
Nonetheless, it appears a lot is riding on the success of Riverdale CW. As E! Online revealed, the network has had a number of flops in the high-school set drama.
Alas, its recent high school drama Star-Crossed in 2014 ran for only one season. Viewer reception to the science fiction human-alien integrated high school did not meet expectations.
Prior to that, The Tomorrow People of Greg Berlanti in 2013 rated poorly as well. Thus, Riverdale could be its ticket to topping the genre once again. This is particularly significant as this type of show is absent on television nowadays.
Riverdale Episodes take on Adult Storylines
Owing to the more mature nature of its storyline, the series seems to be a cross between Gossip Girl and Twin Peaks. Teen angst and drama with a darker tone to it. Hence, the explanation of CW president Mark Pedowitz on the premise for the upcoming series.
“There is an adult level to it. We looked at it from that aspect. For us, it was very simple. We had grown enough that we could go back into a genre that we thought we’d edge up a little bit and put it as part of our programming mix,” Pedowitz said during the 2017 Winter TCA Press Tour.
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