Over the weekend, Riverdale fans were hit with some devastating news — not one, but two cast members were leaving the show.
Skeet Ulrich, who plays Jughead’s (Cole Sprouse) father, F.P. Jones, in the series, announced is departure following The CW’s fourth season.
In a statement to Deadline, Ulrich wrote: “I’m incredibly grateful for the friendships I’ve made on Riverdale, and I will miss seeing everyone on a daily basis.” He added, “I’m proud to have been part of such a talented group of people, in front of the camera and behind. But I’ve decided that it’s time for me to move on to explore other creative opportunities.”
The former Scream actor also addressed the exit on his social media writing, “I can’t even begin to thank you all for the unwavering support and love!! It is remarkable and deeply appreciated. I may be leaving Riverdale but my experience over the last four years will never leave my heart. A very special thanks to @writerras for giving me this opportunity ❤️”
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I can’t even begin to thank you all for the unwavering support and love!! It is remarkable and deeply appreciated. I may be leaving Riverdale but my experience over the last four years will never leave my heart. A very special thanks to @writerras for giving me this opportunity ❤️
And if losing one parental figure in a town where they’re already scarce isn’t bad enough, Marisol Nichols, who plays Veronica Lodge’s (Camila Mendes) mother, Hermione Lodge, in the series, also announced her departure.
She shared similar sentiments on Instagram writing, “I am incredible grateful for my time on Riverdale, my second family. These are friendships that go beyond set life. Portraying Hermione Lodge was a joy, and working with this cast was an honor, truly.
The best part has been all of you. Without your enthusiastic embracing of our show and these characters we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for the opportunity to entertain you all,” alongside a poster from the most recent season.
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I am incredible grateful for my time on Riverdale, my second family. These are friendships that go beyond set life. Portraying Hermione Lodge was a joy, and working with this cast was an honor, truly. The best part has been all of you. Without your enthusiastic embracing of our show and these characters we wouldn’t be here. Thank you for the opportunity to entertain you all. ❤️
It’s unclear if either will reprise their roles in guest appearances, but you have to wonder how the series will explain their departures.
Producer and writer Roberto Aguirre posted a photo of Ulrich’s character Jones and assured fans that “All will be revealed before this season of #Riverdale ends,” which is slightly worrisome considering where the series left off with Jughead’s storyline.
On Riverdale Season 4 Episode 13, Betty seemingly killed Jughead by hitting him over the head with a rock after being triggered by a “magic word” given to Donna by The Farm’s incarcerated Evelyn Evernever.
Fans immediately began looking for clues to discredit what was being presented on the screen because Jughead can’t really be dead, can he?
Riverdale is known for playing tricks on the audience and showing a storyline that doesn’t reflect what’s actually happening, so fans believe that Jughead’s death is either a fake-out or part of his long-term plan to take down Stonewall Prep, Brett, Donna, and the rest of them.
And truthfully, there are a lot of clues suggesting that’s the case despite the flas-forward scenes that show F.P. looking for Jughead in the forest (with presumed killer Betty), F.P. identifying Jughead’s body with Betty, and later, F.P. arresting Betty, Veronica, and Archie for Jughead’s murder.
Fans were content believing that the scenes were just part of Jughead’s “perfect murder” novel… until now.
The announcement that Ulrich is leaving the show threw everyone for a loop because it might be confirmation that Sprouse’s’ Jughead dies on the show.
Parents aren’t heavily involved in their teenagers’ lives in the murder-capital of the world, but they do exist and pop in from time-to-time.
Jughead and F.P. have grown close over the course of four-seasons mending their fractured relationship and become a dynamic father-son duo that supports each other and has each other’s back.
If Jughead died, F.P. would be heartbroken, disgusted, and looking to get out of a town that reminded him of his son.
It would take something major like a loss for F.P to leave Riverdale and never look back.
Still, we’re choosing to remain optimistic.
Maybe F.P. is so fed up after finding out Jughead faked his death that it strains their relationship and he skips town.
Or maybe F.P. just realizes he doesn’t want to be surrounded by the toxicity of a town famous for the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and Hiram Lodge.
If he’s lucky, he’ll get a good job offer somewhere else and join the ranks of the only few people (see also: Josie) to successfully get out of Riverdale alive. This may not be a bad thing.
Riverdale seems to be a town that holds people back from living their full potential.
And after all, Jughead is likely going off to college next year, so having the parents around won’t be as necessary. Plus, Archie’s been doing just fine taking care of himself since his father Fred’s (the late Luke Perry) passing.
If we’re being forced to say goodbye to F.P. let’s hope his other storylines — his romance with Alice and his role as Sheriff — get proper closure.
Hermione’s departure isn’t as crippling because Veronica is still left with one, albeit worse, paren.
Her story was never as pivotal as F.P’s. or her husband, Hiram’s, and so, it’ll be much easier to explain her departure. I can even see them saying something like Hermione realized she doesn’t want to be with Hiram anymore and is moving back to New York City. Done deal.
How do you think Riverdale will write off F.P. and Hermione?
Does F.P.’s exit confirm Jughead’s death?
Riverdale was renewed for a fifth season in January 2020.
9 Political TV Shows & Documentaries to Watch Ahead of Inauguration Day
Inauguration day is upon us.
As the U.S. gets ready to swear in a new president, we suggest tapping into a political show to fully embrace the moment:
Here are some of our favorites:
Who could ever say no to the madness that ensues when Olivia Pope and her White Hat advise President Fitzgerald Grant?
It’s a comical yet punchy look at the White House, which finds Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the second-in-line to the Commander-in-Chief.
Kiefer Sutherland’s Tom Kirkman, a lower-level cabinet member, suddenly finds himself the President after an attack on the night of the State of the Union kills the president and nearly all of the Cabinet.
Knock Down the House
AOC, Alexandra Ocasio-Cortnerz, is among four Democratic hopefuls profiled in the documentary that highlights the race dubbed as one of the most “shocking political upsets in recent American history.”
The Final Year
The documentary filmed throughout 2016 follows Barack Obama and his team in his final term.
The West Wing
Aaron Sorkin delivered a series about the inner workings of the White House that has inspired many political shows that followed.
House of Cards
Prior to those Kevin Spacey allegations, the series was one of the most popular amongst households as it followed Congressman Frank Underwood. After he was fired, Robin Wright took the lead.
In this political drama, Elizabeth McCord, a former CIA operative and political science professor, runs the world as Secretary of State.
The Handmaid’s Tale
Critics have draw parallels between the series, a dystopian drama about a futuristic America where a society controls women, and Donald Trump’s America. The series has also inspired many protests around the world, most recently the women’s movement against the abortion ban in Poland.
5 Powerful Shows, Movies, and Documentaries to Watch to Learn About Racial Injustice
Guest post: Hiba Abdillahi
There’s a problem in our country. If you’ve been watching new news or checked in on social media, you have seen the murder of African American men at the hands of police (most recently, the tragic death of George Floyd while in police custody), racially-motivated encounters, and, as a result, protests, riots, and lootings that have spanned nationwide.
The conversation about racial injustice, racial inequality, and systematic racism has never been louder or more charged up, and for those of you who may not know much about it or have never experienced it first hand, it’s a time to get educated.
The list of shows and documentaries that cover what it’s like to be black in America and capture institutionalized racism continues to multiply quickly as streaming services.
But we’ve narrowed it down to a list of 5 shows, movies, and documentaries that can be a starting point for you and your family to help you understand how root of violence against black Americans and how it affects everyone.
1. When They See Us (Netflix)
The jarring Netflix mini-series by Ava Duvernay is based on the story of the Central Park Five, a group of five black Latino boys failed by the justice system after they were wrongfully convinced of raping and assaulting a woman in Central Park in 1989.
2. 13th (Netflix)
How much do you know about the U.S prison boom? Once again filmmaker Ava DuVernay explores issues of race, justice, and mass incarceration in the United States in the Academy Award-nominated documentary.
3. I Am Not Your Negro (Youtube or Amazon Prime)
Sometimes we need to look back, to see how we can move forward. This documentary is based on an unfinished manuscript by James Baldwin and covers the history of racism in America, focusing on the stories of Civil Rights leaders Medgar Evers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.
4. Dear White People (Netflix)
We could all use some comic relief these days while educating ourselves, of course. This comedy-drama series on Netflix follows a group of black college students at an Ivy League (predominately white) college. The series covers plenty of racial topics young African-Americans face including cultural bias, social injustice, misguided activism, and slippery politics.
5. If Beale Street Could Talk (Hulu)
It’s the story we’ve seen play out in our society time and time again. Based on the novel by James Baldwin, the 2018 drama focuses on a young black man imprisoned for a crime he didn’t commit and a young back couple fighting for justice and the American dream.
Bonus: Just Mercy
Michael B. Jordan’s film follows the real-life story of defense attorney Bryan Stevenson, who fought to clear Walter McMillian (played by Jamie Foxx), wrongfully convicted of murder and placed on death row.
Warner Bros. announced it will be free on all digital streaming platforms during the month of June to teach people about systemic racism.
Best Tweets About Victoria from Tonight’s Episode of ‘The Bachelor’
Week 2 brings tension to the house as the ladies fight for Matt James’ love on The Bachelor Season 25 Episode 2.
Two lucky women snagged a one-on-one date and being vulnerable and open with Matt secured them a rose.
And the group date was a full on “paint war.” Plus, Victoria proved that she’s determined to be the villain that makes us go “ugh” all season long.
Here are the best tweets from tonight’s episode of The Bachelor.
— sleepy xtina, m.ed (@barryp0tter) January 12, 2021
— liv (@livyeatman) January 12, 2021
— Lauren Jean Johnsen (she/her) (@words_by_ljj) January 12, 2021
— nich (@nick_ole96) January 12, 2021
— Taylor Eckert (@taylor_eckert) January 12, 2021
— tsto (@tsto_loff) January 12, 2021
Marylynn: *says 2-5 rational words in a calm, even toned voice*
The Queen: “this is too much for me I have to go”
— Ashley Burk (@TLAMashley) January 12, 2021
— Maggie Hafertepe (@maggiehafertepe) January 12, 2021
— Nicky Hatton Nickerson (@nickyhatts) January 12, 2021
— ⚡️P W I L K Z⚡️ (@pwilkz_) January 12, 2021
— Bachelor Tea (@thebachtea) January 12, 2021
— Melissa (@melissasprofile) January 12, 2021
— Stephanie Gaines (@SGaines00) January 12, 2021
— Niki Bell (@nicoletteholly) January 12, 2021
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