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Katy Keene Review – Is Leo Lacy Katy’s Dad? (1×10)

Katy Keene -- "Chapter Ten: Gloria" -- Image Number: KK110C_0317bc.jpg -- Pictured (L-R): Lucy Hale as Katy Keene and Katherine LaNasa as Gloria Grandbilt -- Photo: K.C. Bailey/The CW -- © 2020 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Big changes took place at Lacy’s Department store on Katy Keene
 
It’s not surprising that an episode titled “Gloria” focused on the legendary personal shopper at Lacy’s, but it was surprising how fast and permanent her fall from glory was. 
 
All it took was a scathing piece riddled with falsities (okay, mostly falsities) to burn down all that she’s built. 
 
It proves just how dangerous and powerful accusations, even those without merit, are. No one cared if what was written about Gloria was false because it was a scandal nonetheless and hurt the brand. 
 
There were many people who could have been behind the expose. My money was on Amanda, who seemed to have a distaste for Gloria, or Guy, simply because I still think there’s a chance he’s Lucifer in disguise. Katy Keene and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina exist in the same realm you know. It’s fun to watch the series and think that it’s actually Lucifer Morningstar pretending to be a fashion designer. The devil wears Prada, after all. Try it sometime. 
 
Imagine the shock when it turned out to be a case of some twisted revenge as Mrs. Lacy felt threatened by and despised Gloria for having an affair with her son, Leo Lacy. 
 
Gloria was problematic in the way she pitted women against each other and made them feel less-than and insecure, but she was right about that being the industry. 
 
Fashion is the most cutthroat industry — whether it’s right or wrong, it doesn’t matter because it simply is the way it is. 
 
She was grooming these women to be able to survive it, and while she could have been easier on them, she wanted them to be successful. It’s also said that those who have been shown tough love lead with it. 
 
Of course, in the days of the #MeToo movement, Gloria’s reign was deemed as sexist, and there was no bouncing back from it. So Gloria took the loss with pride; she apologized, resigned, and assured Katy that she would rise from the ashes in her next project. 
 
Maybe this is the best thing for Gloria as she was so dedicated to something that didn’t love her back.
 
Gloria’s exit, even if it is temporary, is causing some exciting shifts at Lacy’s as Amanda and Katy have now been promoted to interim co-shoppers. It pushes her and the show in a new comfort zone. 

 
This is Katy’s dream, but will it be all she’s ever wanted?  Or will it be outshined by the mystery looming over L.L? After finding a love letter from Leo Lacy and learning that Gloria was referring to him when she mentioned hinging her career successes to man, Katy also realized that Leo is probably the man who gifted her mother, Katherine, the sewing machine. 
 
There has always been some secret about Katy’s mother that Gloria has been holding onto, and there has to be a reason why she took such a liking to her out of all the other personal shoppers. I think it’s because Katy is secretly a Lacy. 
 
What if Gloria had an affair with Leo who was with Katherine, Katy’s mom, at the time? 
 
From what I remember, Katy doesn’t know who her dad is. However, she has all these fond and vivid memories of being at Lacy’s when she was young and maybe that’s because it’s where her father worked. 
 
It would explain why she’s so drawn to Lacy’s and sees so much of herself in the department store. 
 
Prior to her exit, Gloria also gave Katy some sound career advice, which was to own her career and never allow a man to be the reason for her success. 
 
The advice was exactly what Katy needed to hear so that she could figure out her relationship with Guy and establish some boundaries.
There’s obvious chemistry and sexual tension between the two of them, but he’s also her boss. She aspires to be like him, so sleeping with him would only hinder her evolvement and ruin things for her. 
 
As we saw with Gloria, it’s very easy to get dragged for sleeping your way to the top even if that isn’t at all what you’re doing. 
 
Speaking of boundaries, Jorge attempted to set some between himself, Bernardo, and Buzz following their threesome.
 
He thought it would make him feel bold and alive but instead, he felt more vulnerable than ever and conflicted about his feelings. 
 
Jorge was navigating uncharted and dangerous water when he suggested a throuple. Buzz denied the offer explaining that he wanted his first relationship to be with only one man, which hurt Jorge, who was with him for a year prior to dating Bernardo. 
 
This led to Jorge going through a bit of a “breakup” that Bernado simply couldn’t condone. As much as I love Jorge, he was out of line and needed to get it together. Buzz may have been insensitive in his wording, but Jorge was better off. Bernado is a catch — he loves him unconditionally, supports him, and stands up for him. He’s everything Jorge could’ve ever wanted, and he made Bernardo feel like a consolation prize. 
 
I thought Jorge would try to surprise Bernardo the night of the breakup and find him in bed with Buzz, and I’m so glad that didn’t happen. But he did find his two exes running together the next morning, which hurt just as much. 
 
There simply wasn’t room for all three of them in one relationship. 
 
And finally, New York City got a little sprinkle of Riverdale with Kevin Keller’s visit in the Katy Keene and Riverdale crossover. 
 
Since Katy Keene is set five years in the future, the Kevin we were seeing was no longer in high school. Instead, he’s a drama teacher at Riverdale High and feeling some time of way about never getting out of the murderous town. 
 
Seriously, Kevin harbors a lot of resentment about it. However, it has also served as an inspiration as he took what happened to him and the rest of his friends and channeled it into art. 
 
Kevin wasn’t just paying Josie a visit, he was also doing a poetry reading hosted by Pepper, which involved him telling the tales Le Bonne Nuit (Ronnie’s nightclub) and of the “Creekdale’s” serial killers in a chat between him, Betty, Veronica, Cheryl, and Josie. Even for a Riverdale fan, the whole moment felt odd and unnecessary, but I guess the show is trying to maintain any connection it can to its sister series. 
 
During this reading, Kevin and Pepper teamed up to enact revenge on a Harvey Weinstein director who once took advantage of Kevin on his casting couch. As the youngins would say it: drag him. 
 
The storyline didn’t resonate all that much simply because we’ve never see any of it play out and there was no emotional connection to it, but it was a win-win for Piper. Not only was she able to bring down a man who deserved to be dragged through the mud, but she was also able to secure enough money to pay back her wife, Hannah. 
 
For a business-savvy lady like Pepper, you would think she’d get Hannah’s promise that she’d leave her alone in writing prior to handing over the 30k. but sadly, it doesn’t seem like we’ve seen the last of wifey. She was able to convince Didi, who was already at wit’s end with Pepper who refused to pay her, to turn on her boss and play for her team. Didi and Hannah are Pepper’s new nightmare as they threaten to expose her and all that she’s built. 
 
But alas, maybe having Hannah around will also peel back to layers of Pepper a bit more. 
 
And finally, the moment where I truly wished Josie would unleash that Riverdale darkness and just lay it into Xandra after she not only stole her group idea, her songs, her vibe, but also, her dream. 
 
Xandra has always been a snake, but this is next-level. Does she not have any shame? I’m disgusted by how this poor girl had to be raised and treated in order to think that kind of behavior is acceptable. But also, the fact that K.O. is willingly dating her upsets me. 
 
We’ve seen that she has a conscience and can be cool when she wants to be, so what the hell continues to compel her to be the worst person on television? The Cabot family is honestly the worst thing that ever happened to Josie. It makes me angry, but it also makes me wish we could just put this storyline to bed.
 
Other Lacy’s Musings
  • When all of the phones began ringing at the same time, I had some serious Pretty Little Liars and/or Gossip Girl flashbacks. I know Lucy Hale felt it too! 
  • There was something so comical about seeing a woman of Gloria’s stature at Katy’s apartment.

What did you think of the episode? Did you like the Riverdale connection?


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‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home

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After weeks of waiting, The CW has decided against renewing Katy Keene after just one season. 

The network announced that the Lucy Hale-led Riverdale spinoff will not be picked up for season 2. 

Katy Keene was the only series awaiting a decision after the network’s bulk renewal back in January, which saw all of its scripted shows get renewed including freshman dramas Batwoman and Nancy Drew. All shows are scheduled to return in January due to the coronavirus production delays. 

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Show creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa took to Instagram to share the news with fans alongside a photo of the cast, writing, “From the first #katykeene table read. It seems like a dream. So proud of this show and the beautiful souls who came together to make it.💔.”

Hale commented writing: “I am …devastated. But love you all so much.”

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Julia Chan (Pepper Smith) chimed in expressing her gratitude: “Love you, Roberto and Michael and my beloved @cw_katykeene family. Eternally grateful. ♥️”

Hale also addressed the fans directly on Instagram Live. “Sad to deliver this news ! But I love the show. I love what it stands for. And mostly I love YOU. To the cast, crew and all involved. I adore you,” she captioned the clip. 

Despite all the fan-love, the series was not a rating’s hit garnering a 0.2 rating in the demo with delayed viewing accounted for, per Nielsen. 
 
However, Deadline reports that the studio behind the series, Warner Bros. Television, plans to shop it around to potentially find the series a new home. There’s word that if the series does snag a second season, it will likely be on HBO Max as the streaming platform recently began airing the first season. 
 
We’re bummed about the news here at CraveYouTV as we truly thought Katy Keene was a fun, refreshing sidekick to Riverdale, but for now, we’re hopeful and optimistic that all is not lost. Be sure to check back as we’ll continue to keep you posted! 


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Katy Keene May Be Part of the Riverdale Universe, But It’s Far Removed From the Dark Murder Series

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When you first heard about a Riverdale spinoff, I’m willing to bet you didn’t think it would be a series revolving around the fashion and music industry, but that’s exactly what you get when you tune into The CW’s Katy Keene. 

Devoid of murders and darkness, the series (based on the Archie Comics), spearheaded by Lucy Hale in the role of the titular character, shines bright amidst the supernatural vibes of its sister shows, Riverdale and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and the oftentimes supernatural lineup embraced on The CW.

In place of those murder mysteries that tend to envelop the residents of Riverdale, Katy Keene sets the stage for a coming-of-age tale that propels themes of hopefulness, following your destiny, and chasing every opportunity.

Some of us might say — the ones that were old enough to have watched Gossip Girl and Sex and the City when it aired live, anyway — that the series is the younger sister of those fashion-centric show, and fills the void they left behind quite nicely with its bubbly depiction of New York’s elite, always-on-the-go, and hook-up heavy aesthetic. 

But don’t be fooled — the show’s optimistic outlook doesn’t mean it’s without its fair share of drama.

Like Riverdale, Katy Keene relies on a formula of convoluted mysteries and twists, and it thrives on throwing its characters into unpredictable and messy situations, albeit, with less murder and serial killers. 

And New York, much like Riverdale, can make or break you in a minute; it can snuff out that very hope it evokes and destroy the opportunities it’s made possible until you’re left feeling more alone than ever.

Katy Keene focuses heavily on its ensemble cast — heavier than Riverdale at times — giving each of its characters a storyline to dig into. 

The circumstances of the Big Apple  —  rent as tall as the skyscrapers and the competitiveness of its inhabitants — brings Katy, an aspiring fashion designer, closer to Jorge/Ginger Lopez (Johhny Beauchamp), an aspiring Broadway star, Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), an aspiring business owner, and Riverdale’s finest, Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), an aspiring singer.

Much like Riverdale’s core four, this unit relies on each other to navigates life’s up-and-downs. 

For Archie, Betty, Veronica, and Jughead, these trials and tribulations tend to consist of dark forces and mysteries such as figuring the identity of the Black Hood, the Gargoyle King, and how to escape and stop an organ harvesting cult, among others. 

Katy Keene, however, offers up a dreamlike vibe while showcasing real and more relatable issues of navigating your upper 20s with the focus being on every millennial’s struggle to juggle the pursuit of a dream career in an overpriced city alongside a romantic life. 

Alex says it best — you’re no one in this city without money — and thus, a lot of the drama revolves around financial situations. 

Read the full post at TV Fanatic! 


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QUIZ: Which ‘Katy Keene’ Character Are You?

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Quiz: Which Katy Keene Character Are You?

The characters in Katy Keene’s world are bold, beautiful, and living the dream… or, at least, trying to.

 Their supportive of each other even through all of life’s up-and-downs because they know there’s nothing more valuable than friendship. And in New York, you don’t get very far without friends. 

Find out which Katy Keene character you are by taking our quiz below! 

Will Katy Keene be renewed for a second season at The CW? Find out here! Catch up on all reviews and take more quizzes now! 

 


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