Katy Keene struggled a bit this week as it divided the episode into four parts each catered to one of the main characters.
While each of them has an interesting individual storyline, they work best as an ensemble when they play off of each other’s dynamics and momentum. It goes to show that the series only succeeds when the cast works together. Otherwise, no one is thrilling enough to carry the show alone.
However, there were some jaw-dropping moments and cliffhanger or two that propels us into the Riverdale/ Katy Keene crossover next week. Kevin Keller (Casey Cott) is visiting his step-sis, Josie McCoy, in New York. To be perfectly blunt, the teaser for the episode was more exciting than this week’s episode.
Katy started her first day as an unpaid apprentice for Guy LaMontagne. You would think that she’d have an easier time interning for him since they’d already established a relationship prior to her getting the coveted position. They got drunk, they hung out, Katy threw up in a handbag. All the makings of a great personal and professional relationship.
However, Guy was a completely different person when he was in his designer world than he was when Katy met him.
He wasn’t impressed with her tenacity but saw it as a roadblock instead.
Katy tried her best to do what she thought was right, but anytime she did anything, it only infuriated Guy.
Surprisingly, she found support and encouragement from Gloria, who proved that under that fashionable and cold exterior, she actually cares about Katy and believes that she has what it takes to become successful in the industry.
I do believe Gloria has a more personal connection to Katy and her mother that she simply hasn’t revealed yet, but it’s nice to know she isn’t all terrible.
Katy took some bold chances and risks in her attempt to impress Guy, and they paid off as he told her only those with resilience and the desire to fight for what they want make it in fashion.
We all know Katy has it in her despite a few bad days. An internship is supposed to teach you and test you, so Guy was simply trying to weed out those that didn’t belong.
Of course, the one thing that might stand in her way is her repressed feelings for Guy. She thought this internship would be easy peasy because she secretly likes him, and he feels the same if I’m not mistaken.
Josie was documenting her journey to find the new Pussycats. She expressed her disappointment in starting a band again as it made her feel like she was taking steps back rather than moving forward in her career, and while it makes sense, sometimes, bands just have an easier time getting started and building a following.
It would have been great if Josie was able to pick her bandmates, but Mr. Cabot had a vision that hinged more on “appeal” than actual talent, which Josie couldn’t settle for.
What’s the point of making a band if two out of the three members can’t sing or play an instrument.
They’re simple models to prop Josie up, which is kind of an embarrassment if you ask me. It either says a lot about the industry or it says that Cabot no longer has the golden touch like he did when he allegedly discovered Toni Braxton.
Josie went behind his back to hold auditions and found two members for her bad that had the talent and had what it takes to be a Pussycat.
Of course, Mr. Cabot didn’t like that Josie stood up to him and rejected his idea, so she walked.
She may be starting from the bottom but at least she has her integrity and her band in check.
Also, Cabot waltzed into the recording studio and uttered, “what fresh hell is this?” Is he Cheryl Blossom or what?
I initially thought that the girl with the amazing voice was Alexandra Cabot, but it was a different member. However, the teaser reveals Xandra wants to become a Pussycat. Will Josie allow it?
I wouldn’t even worry about Josie because she’s going to find her way and show Cabot that he was wrong about what “sells” these days. Alex, who she criticized for never standing up to his father, also walked away from the money.
Honestly, Cabot kept saying he wanted Alex to succeed but he never gave him a chance — he just kept dangling material objects over his head so he’d fall in line.
With Josie, Alex has a chance to prove his skills in the industry and work with someone who he not only believes it but who has what it takes to make it.
Josie was proud of Alex for standing up to his dad and they exchanged some cute ‘I love you’s.’ Josie came to New York to pursue a career and find her tribe, and she’s succeeding in every aspect.
The Pussycat Dolls (not to be confused with Josie and the Pussycats) always warned to be careful what you wish for cause you just might get it.
And that was the lesson our beloved Jorge learned after he pursued a threesome with Bernardo and Buzz.
I have to admit I’m pretty impressed with how evolved The CW is getting. It’s almost like I’m watching Freeform in action! An LGBTQ threesome has to be a first for the network.
While it seemed like a good idea at the moment as Jorge found himself lusting for his ex, Buzz, while acknowledging that he had his heart’s desire with Bernardo, he woke up the next morning feeling very jealous as he saw Buzz and Bernardo cuddling up.
It’s going to be interesting to see Bernardo and Jorge move into this phase of their relationship. Obviously, Jorge didn’t listen to Pepper when she suggested setting rules. Was this a one-time thing? Will they embrace an open relationship? Or are Buzz and Bernardo more into each other than they’re into Jorge?
Jorge also connected with Buzz when he helped him come out of his shell and have his first experience with drag as prosecutie (what a perfect name!).
Pepper’s part of the episode may have been the shortest, but it had the greatest impact. After engaging in a social media feud with someone named Hannah Melvey (and yes, the name sounds just like Anna Delvey, the real-life faux heiress that we assumed Pepper’s character was based on originally), who seemed ready to destroy her and knew all of her deepest, darkest secrets.
When she finally sent over Pepper’s mugshot, Pepper agreed to meet and seemed genuinely surprised to come face-to-face with her soon-to-be-ex-wife, Taylor, who now goes by the name of Hannah. In her words, Taylor is dead… which, ha, of course, she is, sis!
But also, Pepper is married! Now, that’s something she conveniently omitted.
We knew there was more than meets the eye with Pepper, but I never expected a wife/ex-wife.
Hannah revealed that there was some bad blood between them (the Taylor Swift jokes just keep coming, I cannot help it) as Pepper left her hanging high and dry with a $30K hotel bill that landed her in a Morrocan jail.
Again, the $30K hotel bill is ripped straight from the Anna Delvey headlines as her M.O. was to leave rich friends paying a scandalous bill.
Hannah seems out for blood and also, the perfect rival for Pepper. After all, everything she knows she learned from Pepper.
Is she the threat that gives audiences and Pepper’s friends an insight into who she really is?
Will she threaten to expose her? Or destroy her?
What did you think of tonight’s Katy Keene?
New Couple Alert: ‘Katy Keene’s Lucy Hale and ‘Riverdale’s Skeet Ulrich Spotted Kissing
This is one couple you didn’t see coming! Who would’ve thought we’d ever see a liar dating a serpent?
Pretty Little Liars and Katy Keene alum Lucy Hale was spotted packing on the PDA with Riverdale star Skeet Ulrich on Sunday, February 21!
Photos of their romantic outing were captured by Page Six.
You can see the 31-year-old star leaning in for a kiss with the 51-year-old actor.
The duo were also spotted holding hands at the table.
Once they finished their meal, they put on their masks and the “Scream” alum embraced the actress from behind.
Ulrich previously dated Megan Blake Irwin and were criticized for their 20-year-age difference, which she defended.
While Ulrich and Hale starred in sister-show’s on the CW, they never crossed paths. Ulrich recently wrapped up his five-season arc as Forsythe Pendleton Jones II (FP Jones) on Riverdale, while Hale starred in the Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene as the titular character for one season before it got canceled.
Neither Ulrich or Hale have commented on the relationship.
‘Katy Keene’ Cancelled at The CW After One Season – ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Looking for New Home
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.
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.”
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.
Katy Keene May Be Part of the Riverdale Universe, But It’s Far Removed From the Dark Murder Series
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.
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