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Riverdale Review – Rumors of My Death Have Been Greatly Exaggerated (4×16)

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In the end, it was all so simple.

As the Riverdale episode walked us all through the Stonewall Prep mystery step-by-step, I found myself wondering how it didn’t occur to me that the Stonewall Four and the Baxter Brothers novels were connected.

The link was so obvious and right there waiting for all of us, but alas, it goes to show you that Riverdale’s writers always know what they’re doing even if the episodes sometimes seem outrageous, unbelievable, or a mix of both.

When the puzzle pieces began falling into place, the fourth season of The CW campy drama turned out to be its best one yet.

While the Gargoyle King, the Farm, and the Black Hood were all compelling and intricate mysteries in their own right, this season dove into the heart of a “whodunnit” while layering on a “whydunnit” on top for a classic “locked room” mystery.

It was incredibly satisfying to see Jughead and Betty present their case to the Stonies and watch the smug little faces squirm. Well, mostly Donna and Mr. DuPont’s. Brett was entirely too confused for his own good to the point that it was hard to believe we ever thought that he was the mastermind behind all of this.

As the layers were peeled back, the true villain of the series was revealed. Mr DuPont stole the Baxter Brother’s franchise (then just one novel) from Forsythe, killed all three members of the original literary society who knew about it to cover his tracks and prevent the truth from tainting his career.

He then built a whole franchise and a “prestigious school” on the murderous lies.

Each new writer that took over the Baxter Brother’s franchise needed to prove they could commit the perfect murder before they could write it. With this in mind, Jughead was never going to win the writing competition, and he was solely there to draw out his grandfather, the one loose end that DuPont wanted to kill and shut up.

Considering how easily Jughead found his grandfather, you’d think a savvy man like DuPont who managed to have a huge body count and cover it up would have found him without going through all this trouble, but that would defeat the whole point of the series.

When DuPont was cornered with the truth — that his life’s legacy was a sham and built upon the blood of others — he refused to go down as a fraud. Death was better than a tainted legacy and thus, he jumped from the very same window that Mr. Chipping did, which was obviously going to happen. How did they not foresee that?

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While DuPont deserved a fare harsher punishment, it’s better than nothing.

However, the fact that Donna and DuPont weren’t in cahoots was shocking. There was a brief moment where it seemed like Donna was simply a victim despite her deranged scheming, but it was quickly revealed that she had her own motive for going through with enforcing the perfect murder with her classmates — she wanted revenge.

Remember when Hermosa dug up some dirt on Donna that tied it all together for Jughead? Well, the dirt was that she was the granddaughter of Jane Dallas Brown, one of Mr. DuPont’s original three victims.

Her beef was never truly with Jughead or Betty, they were merely victims of a much grander plan which was to take over the Baxter Brothers and have DuPont pay the ultimate price.

Unfortunately, she messed with the wrong sleuthing detectives who stop at nothing to get answers.

Also, Joan didn’t hit Jughead hard enough to kill him. Honestly, that was mistake number one because their plan was foolproof and gave them all alibis.

All of their problems would have been solved had Jughead remained dead, but instead, he used all his time pretending to be dead in Dilton’s doomsday bunker (which could come in handy now with the coronavirus and all) to solve the mystery that’s been plaguing his life since he transferred to Stonewall Prep.

Donna’s desire for revenge was justified, but since she also killed innocent people who were just casualties of a bigger fight, which doesn’t make her any better or any less guilty than DuPont.

As for Chipping, he was driven mad by the guilt of what he had done to secure the contract. He brought Moose there under false pretenses because he was the perfect target to be killed, however, he began to feel bad and thus, gave Moose and out by recruiting him to the army before he took his own life.

Almost every loose end was tied up as we went through what happened that night in the woods, shortly after as Betty, Archie, and Veronica truly didn’t know if Jughead would survive, and in the weeks leading up to their takedown.

I said almost because there are still some things left unanswered. Riverdale is a sucker for a mystery within a mystery and while Charles may have been instrumental in saving Jughead and helping them plan the perfect murder, we also know he has a vendetta of his own (with his boyfriend Chic) against the Cooper/Jones family.

When is that going to be brought back into play? Also, are they responsible for those odd and stalker-ish videotapes?

The series goes into their musical episode next week which finds Kevin taking charge in Hedwig and the Angry Inch. Is that when we’ll also address the untapped feelings between #Barchie?

Cheryl made sure to note that it was obvious Betty and Archie weren’t just “faking it” with their fake relationship. There are some real feelings there, but does it matter when these couples are so strong and rooted in themselves?

Other Murder Capital of the World Musings

  • Jughead brought honor back to his family and retrieved what was stolen from his grandfather. Does this mean they will take over the mysteries of Tracy True?
  • Redeeming his grandfather’s name also reunited FP with his father. Moreso, it gave FP a reason for why his father abandoned them in the first place and it wasn’t because he was a good-for-nothing dad but because he wanted to protect himself and his family.
  • Riverdale is a complex town plagued by darkness and murder, but it was incredibly satisfying to see everyone working together in unison and being able to keep the secret so that Jughead could blow the lid off of the Stonewall conspiracy.
  • There’s nothing more enjoyable than Jughead and FP beating Brett with brass knuckles to get those sex tapes back. Man, that guy got a good, well-deserved beating. And I’m sure it felt good for Jughead to just get it out of his system.
  • Even Hermosa helped, which may be the first step in patching up her relationship with Veronica.
  • And seriously, Dr. Curdle Jr. for the win!
  • Is anyone else mad that Cheryl wasn’t in on the whole thing?
  • So… just to clarify — Jughead didn’t have a plan to expose Brett and get those sex-tapes back? If Joan succeeded in killing him, that would have been the end of our boy. One little oversight saved his life.
  • Food poisoning is code for five-feet under, right?
  • No one ever really dies in Riverdale, do they?
  • Mysteries aside the focus of the next few episodes will be to getJughead and Archie to the graduation line — no ifs, ands, or buts about it.

All-in-all, Betty and Jughead proved they’re the perfect couple by crafting the perfect (fake) murder and solving 8 murders, stopping DuPont, and getting closure for the families.

It’s a good day in Riverdale, and that’s rare, so let’s cherish it as we wait for the other foot to drop.


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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. 

 

 

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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’ 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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