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Riverdale Review – Katy Keene and Veronica Lodge Take NY (4×12)

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Sometimes I wonder: does Riverdale know what it’s doing anymore?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the storylines it throws our way, or is it just throwing whatever and seeing what sticks?

Do they want to see how far they can push the fandom before the “oddities” of the series stop being a draw? I don’t have answers to any of those questions, so, if you do, please reach out and let me know.

Veronica Lodge visited New York to chat with Bradford University and to meet up with her old-pal, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), the star of The CW’s upcoming show (premiering tomorrow, February 6).

The episode served as an unofficial backdoor pilot, as it gave us a lot of detail about Katy. For starters, she loves fashion just as much as Ronnie and works at Lacy’s, she takes V to a drag bar, she’s dating ___, and her mother is sick and the prognosis is not looking good.

These were the first scenes between Veronica and Katy (but hopefully, not the last) so they were a little stiff as Camila Mendes and Hale struggled to capitalize on that “old friends” vibe.

Hopefully, they’ll have plenty of time to get it right, especially since Veronica is officially going to Bradford in the city. That is if the whole getting accused of Jughead’s murder situation subsides. Does this mean plenty of crossovers in store?

But before Veronica heads off to college, she needs to make amends with her ailing father, Hiram.

At first, when Hiram and Hermione said they were going to New York also, I thought it was to sabotage Veronica’s chances of getting into Bradford. Hiram made it clear that Veronica needed to go to Harvard and no other school would be good enough, so it was very up his alley.

But the news of his illness caught me off guard and considering all we’ve been through with Hiram, no one can blame me for being skeptical.

If this is Hiram’s attempt at getting his daughter to throw the competition and gain back her trust, it’s a petty attempt.

And yet, Veronica didn’t question what her mother said at all. She took it at face-value and welcomed her parents back into her life.

Will she also have a change of heart about the company she’s running alongside Cheryl and Toni? That would be so disappointing.

We’ve never even seen any indication from Hiram that he was suffering from a disease that would affect his motor skills, so the announcement comes out of nowhere.

Toni held down the fort while Veronica was away and even dealt with Nick St. Clair properly, though, his reappearance was not welcome in the slightest.

After Archie was done with him, I thought we’d seen the last of him, but he still stepped foot into Riverdale to check out the new, exclusive club.

Toni was able to channel her inner badass, which sounded a lot like Cheryl’s badass, and fought her girlfriend’s demons.

Normally, I wouldn’t encourage blackmail as a way to solve problems, but when it comes to someone like Nick, he will only be stopped with the proper blackmail.

The tickle video was a nice way to bring Kevin and Fangs into the storyline, but it’s slightly concerning how nonchalant Toni and Cheryl were about the two of them making fetish videos on the side.

Then again, this is Riverdale, where a teen is accused of recording sex tapes without consent on VHS tapes and hoarding them in a secret wall compartment and none of the adults bat an eye.

Also, I know Riverdale is behind on the times — Betty and Alice were using a flashlight for goodness sakes — but there was a subplot involving VHS tapes of people’s homes being recorded and left on their doorstep. Is this a sign that Brett is to blame?

Betty and Alice’s team-up though unlikely was sweet and shows how much they’ve grown and progressed since season 1. How funny was Alice’s reaction when Betty mentioned her sex tape with Jughead. I don’t know what was better that moment or Betty telling her mom to “calm down.”

If there’s anyone that can crack this murder case, it’s the Cooper ladies with an assist from Jug, however, I can’t say I was impressed with their decision-making throughout the episode.

They severely underestimated Brett, they got caught on multiple occasions, and Betty allowed him to convince her that the tape labeled “Forsythe” was his confession during the Quill and Skull initiation.

I would have made him play the video.

Betty did manage to snatch up a tape labeled “Donna,” which revealed that she was lying about her affair with Mr. Chipping. The tape found her spewing the same exact sob story about someone named Mr. Kotter, a teacher completely erased from the school’s history.

Is Donna the real mastermind? Is she the one we should be afraid of instead of Brett who seems to thrive solely on the competition between him and Jughead.

Jughead and Brett dueled in a kickboxing match that would’ve made Archie proud and a fencing tournament a la The Parent Trap.

But at the last minute, Jughead threw the chess game giving Brett the “win” because he realized he didn’t want to be part of this secret society, Stonewall Prep, or the Baxter Brother’s.

Jughead is finally beginning to realize how toxic this school is. The competition showed him that despite being the better champion, he would never earn the respect from the other student’s at Stonewall Prep. They all worshipped the ground Brett walked on probably because he had dirt on all of them in the form of VHSextapes.

But conceding the game meant that Jughead never gave Brett the satisfaction of winning or “being better,” and the fact that it’ll torture him for eternity is enough to bring me joy.

Jughead walked away with what was important — his girl and his sanity.

There weren’t any flash-forwards to what happened to Jughead or how Betty was involved, which is a change of pace and might indicate that they were all moments from a Baxter Brothers novel that doesn’t exist anymore.

While Stonewall Prep has its insane moments, Archie was being hunted by a real-life Terminator down the halls of Riverdale High.

Kevin’s right — this school is insane.

Archie has to be more careful about whom he invites into his home. Since Fred’s passing, it’s him, his uncle Frank that he barely knew, and Frank’s friend Ted Bishop, who came to town pretending to inform him about the passing of a late friend only to switch gears and reveal himself as a hitman from the mercenary.

Seriously, what the hell, Riverdale?

You can’t just go around making up storylines that don’t make any logical sense.

Frank was never a “great guy,” but his arc alluded more to him embezzling money from Archie and the construction company, and not getting targeted by a killer… again.

Also, what is it about the Andrews house that attracts all the bad juju?

Frank left town almost as fast as he came, and hopefully, we’re done with that storyline.

What did you think of the episode? Is Riverdale losing it to outlandish plots or is it another week, another episode that doesn’t follow the rules and is great in its own way?


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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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