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Why hasn’t anyone come up with the idea to just move away from Riverdale?

The episode kicked off on a rather grim note; Midge’s funeral was gutted everyone in town and also made it clear that the Black Hood was back.

At least, that’s what Archie thought. Sheriff Keller was convinced that they “got” the original Black Hood when they captured Svenson because all the evidence stacked up against him — he was wearing the ski mask!

If that’s the kind of logic Keller has been operating with this whole time, I’m not surprised that there have been so many bodies and that Cheryl herself, manipulated by Hermione, wrote a scathing op-ed calling for Keller to step down. You had one job, Keller. One job. I can’t say I even feel bad for him at this point because maybe bringing a fresh set of eyes will help this town become less murderous.

However, if we’re thinking what Betty is thinking, maybe finding out the identity of the Black Hood isn’t such a bad idea.

I’ll cut to the chase here: all signs point to Hal Cooper being the Black Hood.

Now, I’m not saying that’s disappointing, but it also is too easy. We’ve all speculated it was Betty’s dad from the beginning since they shared the same eyes. How did Archie not make the connection? For a man who keeps saying “it’s in the eyes,” he should have done better.

Betty’s facial expression when she realized her father was actually the mastermind this whole time while they thought they were being so slick was priceless.

It’s entirely possible that Hal really did go look for her and the Black Hood is someone else but tell me, why has the Black Hood forged such a camaraderie with her? How does he know SO much about her? How would he have known about the murder that happened in the Cooper household and about how they covered it up? It makes sense.

We’ve always thought of Hal as the quiet one but he went and had an extramarital affair with someone as evil as Penelope Blossom. Of course, he’s capable of killing those he believes to be committing sins and ruining the town, a town he’s so intertwined with.

I cannot wait to explore this storyline further and find out what’s been fueling his fire. And most importantly, why did he target Archie’s father? Will he deny it if Betty brings it up?

It’s definitely odd that the Black Hood is advocating for a sin-free Riverdale and yet the man behind the mask was committing adultery and sleeping with a courtesan. Talk about morality, huh?

And even creepier is the fact that an adult man is targeting teens!

Did anyone catch the moment when Betty was on the phont with the Black Hood and Jughead asked her if it was her mother and she replied, “no it’s my dad.” Like, literally.

Then we have the second major reveal that actually made me breathe a sigh of relief — Chic is not Betty’s brother! Whew. But if he isn’t Betty’s bro, who the hell is he?

He was friends with the real Charles Smith, however, when he “lost control” one night, he accidentally killed him. Betty selling him out to the Black Hood to make him pay for deceiving the family, killing her brother and to keep their murderous secret, was what the writers really meany by Dark Betty coming out to play. That was ruthless but well deserved. Will her decision to basically lead a man to his death haunt her? Does it make her no better than the Black Hood?

And if Hal really is BH then that means he knew Chic was an imposter this whole time and just let it play out.

I’m a bit disappointed that we’ll never get to meet the real Charles but at least we’re done seeing Chic’s creepy face at every turn.

Another reveal that we already knew but still rejoiced in hearing Alice say it — Charles was her love child with FP! It’s a little tiresome to see her run to FP with every single problem and when she found out her child had reached out to her twice and ran right to FP’s trailer, it was a little pathetic.

Feeling guilty is a normal human reaction but why did he have to know all of a sudden? I’m glad FP marched in there to tell Jughead this was not his battle. Look, the Cooper ladies can handle this all on their own and sometimes, they need to clean up their own messes.

Plus, he has to prep for that awkward conversation that will surely follow all of this. With Hal being BH and FP being the original baby daddy, are we finally making room for a Serpent reunion? Are there any rules in the book that you cannot date the father of your son’s boyfriend?

So many storylines and reveals that had you in a tizzy and we didn’t even touch what went down with Archie and the Lodges.

Archie was on high-alert following the Black Hood’s return and he kept spotting the killer at every turn. I’m not sure who is worse at this point, the Black Hood or Nick St. Claire. He just can’t stay away from Riverdale, can he?

Nick brought a few of his boys with him for a payback mission;  they tied up Archie and called Ronnie for a million dollar ransom. In case you don’t remember, Archie paid Nick a little visit following his stint of roofing girls and trying to rape them and broke his legs leaving Nick with a permanent limp and a bad rep in the family business.

Veronica turned to her father for help but given that the St. Claire’s were also in the mob business, he couldn’t do much without setting a precedent. Not that Veronica needed his help, she’s a Lodge after all and perfectly equipped to handle an extortion.

She scrambled together some money for Nick and arranged a meeting. but when that wasn’t enough, he propositioned that she pay up by finishing what they started, in other words, finally sleeping with him.

Ronnie agreed and he rented out a suite which had a live-stream for Archie to watch while he was beaten and tied up.

However, Archie was able to set himself free and arrived at the suite to find Veronica had played Nick’s own game against him — she roofied him and then used him to get ransom money from his own family.

Hiram was upset but it wasn’t like he was going to do anything to save Archie because “he wasn’t blood,” which is complete bullshit considering they made a blood pact that put the Lodges first in Archie’s life.

You can make a blood pact with your girlfriend’s boyfriend, but you won’t treat him like family when it hurts your personal interests or becomes a liability.

Archie should have run far from Hiram after this but instead, he wanted to prove his loyalty further by getting his bones and promising to kill the Black Hood.

Seriously, can the teens in Riverdale just be teens? They should not be in cahoots with mafias and making deals about murders.

Also, can Archie really kill someone? Especially if that someone is Betty’s father?

Riverdale is full of monsters… some scarier than others.


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Lizzy Buczak is the founder of CraveYouTV. What started off as a silly blog in her sophomore year at Columbia College Chicago turned her passion for watching TV into an opportunity! She has been in charge of CraveYou since 2011, writing reviews and news content for a wide variety of shows. Lizzy is a Music Business and Journalism major who has written for RADIO.COM, TV Fanatic, Time Out Chicago, Innerview, Pop’stache and Family Time.

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‘Riverdale’ Resumes Production As Creator Teases Photo from Senior Prom

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Riverdale Back in Production as Creator Teases Prom Photo

Did someone say prom?

Not even the coronavirus pandemic could prevent these teens from the right of passage that is the senior dance on Riverdale

The CW teen drama’s showrunner Robert Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo on Instagram that gave fans a glimpse into season 5’s prom episode.

The photo featured the beloved couple “Choni” aka Madelaine Petsch’s Cheryl Blossom and Vanessa Morgan’s Toni Topaz.  

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“Rest assured, ALL the queens will [be] reigning SUPREMELY next season,” he captioned the post seemingly alluding the Morgan’s outspoken criticism of the show for its lack of diversity and proper storylines for diverse characters. At the time, Aguirre-Sacasa promised to do better.

The prom episode was initially supposed to be part of the show’s fourth season, but it was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic, which forced the show to suspend production three episodes shy of its promised count. 

‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

Therefore, the upcoming season of Riverdale will include all those milestone high school moments before doing a significant time jump that will likely find our favorites from the murderous town in college.

While the photo serves as confirmation that the series is back in production (we couldn’t be more excited), it was taken during the remaining few days on set for season 4 as since filming hasn’t picked back up again.

Of course, this also means that the series is back on track to return during the midseason in January 2021. 

All good things! 


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‘Riverdale’ Star Vanessa Morgan Announces Pregnancy as Husband Michael Kopech Files for Divorce

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Riverdale's Vanessa Morgan and Michael Kopech Expecting First Child

Updated: July 27

Shortly after Vanessa Morgan announced she was expecting her first child, a baby boy, her husband of several months, Michael Kopech, filed for divorce. 

Citing court docs, the Chicago Tribune reports revealed that the MLB player filed back in June. It was sealed on Monday.

No hearing has been scheduled.

Reps for Kopech and Morgan did not offer up comments. Neither have commented on the divorce or pregnancy announcement. 

Fans grew concerned when Morgan posted the baby announcement without any mention of Kopech. He was not in any of the videos or photos.

The couple wed in January after a year-long engagement and one year of dating. 

It’s unclear what led to the split. 

 

 

Original post July 25:

Congrats are in order for Riverdale’s Vanessa Morgan.

The CW actress is expecting her first child! 

The 28-year-old shared the exciting news with fans on Instagram with pictures from her gender reveal. 

If you can’t handle the suspense — she’s having a baby boy!

While she admitted that she would like to keep this part of her life private, she said she wanted fans to hear it from her before they found out by eventually seeing her growing bump. 

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“I do want to keep this chapter of my life private but did want to be the first to share the news. I am overjoyed to be welcoming my baby boy into the world this January,” she wrote. “It’s almost like everything I thought mattered in this life has completely changed.. We’re here for such a greater purpose and life is so precious.”

She continued to gush about the exciting milestone in her life: “I can’t believe how much growth & strength you’ve already given me as your mom,” the actor added. “It’s like God knew I needed you, my angel. The universe works in mysterious ways but always times everything the way it was meant to be. Lil one you were made with so much love & already exude a light so strong it warms my belly. Thank you God for this blessing I’m just so happy & can’t wait to dedicate every day to being the best mommy I can be.”

We Need to Acknowledge Vanessa Morgan’s Comments About Black Characters Being Portrayed as ‘Sidekicks’

 

Morgan and Kopech, who is a professional baseball player for the Chicago White Sox, tied the knot in an intimate ceremony in January. 


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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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