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Quiz show fever was taking over Riverdale as Betty and Bretty geared up to face-off against each other.

Betty was determined to win and wipe that smug little grin off of his face.

She had everyone in her corner, which is essentially what backfired.

Alice wanted to help her daughter so badly that she jeopardized her by stealing the Q+A.

While Betty didn’t resort to using it and won on her own merits, it didn’t matter to those running the show because the optics painted her as a cheater.

Here’s a crazy idea — next time, maybe don’t leave behind the evidence in your green room trash can.

Brett thrives on winning so it wasn’t shocking that the first thing he did upon losing to Betty was to find proof that she cheated. She basically handed him the win on a golden platter.

Alice’s intentions were sweet, but she’s missed the lesson that Betty can take care of herself and is plenty capable.

The moment did mark a turning point for Betty and Alice though as she forgave her mother instead of pining all of her problems on her and accusing her of taking control of her life.

Sadly, the quiz show was the least of Betty’s worries as she also found out why she didn’t get into Yale.

The good news is that it had nothing to do with Betty’s grades, performance, or attendance, but the bad news is it had everything to do with Betty’s father, the Black Hood.

Even from beyond the grave, Hal still manages to ruins Betty’s life.

It was heartbreaking to hear that she was rejected because of something she couldn’t control, and even more harrowing that she probably deserved it more than pompous Brett.

Betty learned the reason for her rejection from her brother Charles, so we should probably take it with a grain of salt. After his alliance with Chic was revealed, Charles has happily contributed to Betty’s unraveling, and it’s no secret that the BH has been a bit of a touchy spot. Especially after Charles fond out that Jughead’s upcoming Baxter Brothers novel needed to draw inspiration from a serial killer.

The Yale reveal coincided with Jughead’s exploit of Betty’s family tragedy for his draft after the Brotherhood thought the “kid in the river” story was “too soft.”

Jason Blossom would be appalled.

Jughead was put on the spot and forced to pull something that didn’t sound forced from his personal life, but he was well aware that airing Betty’s heartache would land him in the dog house. At the very least, he could have changed some more details up so that it wasn’t an exact reflection of Betty’s life.

However, this draft may be the answer to the “is Jughead dead” question that Riverdale fans have been hoping for.

If Jughead is pulling from personal experiences and a serial killer storyline while also hoping to ditch the Black Hood narrative, it’s entirely possible that he’s pulling from Betty’s serial killer gene.

Maybe everything we’ve seen about Betty hitting him over the head, the trio covering up for the murder, and even Betty and Archie’s sparks at the diner are part of Jughead’s novel.

The ending may have tickled #Barchie fans, but there’s no way that Betty would pursue a relationship with Archie shortly after Jughead’s death. Unless Betty did a complete 180 in the short span of four weeks.

The ending teasers also seem disjointed as if we’re seeing different parts pulled from a whole. There are many pieces missing and plenty of fill in the blank moments, and my theory is that all of these teases will come together in one cohesive episode that possibly tells the story of the latest Baxter Brothers edition.

This would also explain why in the teasers, Betty is going to Yale when in reality, she didn’t get in and ruined the second chance that Jughead orchestrated.

Archie continues to be a naive teenager who so badly wants to believe he’s an adult.

Uncle Frank is bad news and despite warnings from multiple people including his mother and Mr. Keller, Archie blindly trusted him to run the company.

Part of it has to do with Archie wanting to fill the void left behind by his father. And who better than Fred’s brother to fill it?

But Archie is blatantly warning the red flags like stealing money without saying it, not paying out bonuses, and gambling.

Frank may be a changed man and be telling the truth when he explains that his intentions were to loan himself cash to win money to pay the bonuses and keep Andrews Construction afloat, but the likelihood that he’s just a skilled liar seems more likely.

Frank lacks integrity, hustle, and most importantly, the heart that Fred had and passed onto Archie.

Archie may have a handle on things at the boxing gym, but in the real world, he’s not experienced enough to run a company that’s responsible for the livelihood of a handful of employees.

Mr. Keller seemed to be doing a good job and yet, Archie bulldozed him to give the position to Frank.

Why couldn’t Archie give him a job alongside Keller and see how he’d handle the situation before giving him complete reign?

If Frank keeps this up, Archie will be out of employees.

His decision to deny the government contract at the gym had merit — business with Hiram Lodge is never without strings and at least Archie’s learned that lesson.

But if you want a successful business, you cannot pick and choose who you’ll work with, especially when there are employees that need to be paid. Archie didn’t take the gig, but someone else did.

Hopefully, Veronica’s new investments can provide Archie’s company with some work before he gets burned by his uncle.

For two high school seniors, Veronica and Cheryl are incredibly business savvy. It’s brilliant in terms of empowering young women to go after their passion projects and make that money, but it’s also a stretch even for Riverdale.

Not only are they the owners of a speakeasy-turned-dance club, but now they have an exclusive gentleman’s bar where they’re selling to those with the means to pay top dollar for a bottle of maple rum goodness.

V&C aren’t old enough to drink let alone old enough to serve alcohol.

They’re breaking dozens of rules and somehow getting away with it.

They make have outsmarted Hiram for now, but as word of their delicious rum spreads, Hiram will be knocking on their door in no time.

Another mistake Veronica made was letting Cheryl talk her into higher her deranged mother, Penelope, as manager.

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Yes, the same Penelope who killed the Black Hood for fun, tried to make her daughter believe she was crazy, and has been cooped up in a bunker.

Penelope has always done whatever it takes to protect herself, so when the opportunity strikes, it’s evident she’ll betray V&C and team up with Hiram. It’s only a matter of time.

They were better off enlisting Reggie as their help as he’s been devoted to every single Veronica scheme and continues to roll with the punches even now after their split.

Also, wouldn’t it make sense to branch out and sell the maple rum outside of Riverdale? Greendale, perhaps?

Veronica and Hiram’s competition is childish. They thrive on hurting each other and competing with each other that they’re never going to stop.

As an adult, Hiram shouldn’t have stooped so low and destroyed all of Veronica’s liquor. He’s setting a bad example and she’s feeding right into it.

At least the competition keeps them on their toes and in each other’s lives. The same cannot be said for Veronica’s mother who is pulling a Penelope and nowhere to be found.

And then, there’s the disaster of a storyline with Kevin.

Kevin’s been underutilized for a few seasons now, but his storyline keeps regressing, which is hard to believe is possible after what happened at The Farm.

Anytime we see him on the screen, it’s all about who Kevin will hook up with next. And now, he’s making yet another terrible decision with Terry, who has wrapped him into some weird fetish video scheme.

The story arc shows how easy it is to get in with the wrong people, be tempted by making money, and get taken advantage of, but it’s also awkward and weird.

Kevin agreed to get tickled on camera for money, which sounds innocent enough, but he also never got any more details.

Who is getting these videos? What are they doing with them? And why are people paying such big bucks for them?

After what happened at The Farm, it’s shocking that Kevin isn’t more skeptical.

Instead, he’s eagerly roping in Fangs because he believes it’ll make him more comfortable. Can’t these two just get back together without all this extra stuff?

Other Riverdale Musings

  • Brett paid someone to take his PSATS for him so that he could get into Stonewall. Shocker.
  • Betty came in like a wrecking ball when she destroyed Hal’s grave. Alice should have let her get all of her frustrations out. It’s not like anyone is going to be upset that the tombstone was ruined.
  • Betty had a “Mean Girls” moment when she answered a quiz show question with “the limit does not exist.” So fetch.
  • Are we sure Frank got the 10 grand from gambling? Or is he messed up in something dangerous?
  • Brett and Jughead’s “duel” is cringeworthy. This isn’t Harry Potter, you guys. Though, sudden death doesn’t sound too comforting since we know there’s a chance Jughead dies very soon in the series.

What did you think of tonight’s Riverdale?

Does Jughead die? What’s uncle Frank really up to?


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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. 

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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. 

 

 

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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.”

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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

‘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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