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Old wounds are made new again on Riverdale and I cannot tell who is racking up the most uncool points: Jughead or Archie.

Back in season one, it seemed like everything Archie touched turned to gold. Now, it seems like he’s simply losing it.

He signed up to be a federal snitch in a case being made against Hiram Lodge but when he failed to deliver anything of value, his excuse was simply “I was playing basketball.”

Archie consistently teeters between wanting to play in the world with the adults do and wanting to be a teen. Even this week, he tries to one-up Hiram, but also tries out for the wrestling team. Veronica leads him to believe that it’ll impress his father, but it only drives a bigger wedge between them, with Hiram driving it home that Archie isn’t good enough for his daughter.

It may have been comforting to know that Archie isn’t good at everything… but it quickly became evident that he’s really not good at much.

At some point, it stopped being about Archie getting close to Hiram for the case and became about Archie wanting to impress Hiram. When he offers him a sort of “internship” with the business, I can’t tell if Archie is interested because he wants to take him down or because he’s been accepted to sit at the table with the adults, something Ronnie has been doing for some time now.

Between music, basketball, wrestling, his internship and his agreement with the FBI, I don’t Archie even knows where his priorities lie.

Is the fed even real?  Because the only thing that I’m saying is a dude who claims to be a federal agent and we’re supposed to believe it because of the ominous office lighting. Give me a break. There’s enough surrealness happening in Riverdale that we don’t just believe things at face value.

Now, onto Jughead, who is also starting up the worst civil war that Riverdale’s ever seen between the North Side and the South Side. It’s literally like Westside Story only with Serpents. This week’s episode focused on Pickens Day, an annual celebration in town where people are all hurrah about Riverdale. Why? I have no idea… the town still mystifies me.

However, Jughead, the truth-wielding journalist, rains on everyone’s parade when he uncovers that General Picks, under the orders of Cheryl’s Blossom’s ancestors, actually slaughtered the Utenka tribe (the pre-Serpents, the OG Southside) to gain control of some land, the river that eventually carried the dead Jason Blossom, and some land.

While there’s much fallout, it’s also cool to actually get some backstory to the hated gang and find out why it was formed. It’s definitely more about family and blood than it is about causing trouble. I can respect it.

After chatting with Toni’s grandfather, and the eldest living Serpent, he decides to write an expose in Riverdale’s newspaper. It backfires because obviously, it isn’t his story to tell. So instead, the Serpent’s rally a silent protest during the Picken’s Day celebrations, which the Lodge’s are using as a promotion for their SoDale project and a symbol of unity for both sides.

Hiram is peeved by the intrusion but plays off of it nicely, encouraging a community where everyone feels like they can speak up. Bla bla bla is all I heard and apparently, all Jughead heard. He’s really taken a disliking to the North Side, which is understandable to some extent. But why create so many enemies? Once again, way over his head.

The most enjoyable part of all of this was seeing some humanity instilled in Cheryl Blossom, who was utterly disgusted to find out that her whole family history, her wealth and her stature all stood on the graves of the slaughtered men, women and children. Who would have thunk to see Cheryl standing in solidarity with Jughead when it was just last week that she couldn’t stand the mere sight of a Serpent in her hallways.

Really, it seems like most of the students in this town are in way over their heads.

We mentioned that Veronica was dabbling in the family business and actually enjoying it. Some adults, cough Mayor McCoy, didn’t seem to pleased with how the Lodge’s were using their daughter however and that trickled down to some of Ronnie’s friendships, mainly with Josie. Initially, Veronica was upset that Josie turned her back on her, but she’s a Lodge and instead of crying about it, she seized the opportunity. At the festivities, she appeared on stage as “Veronica and the Pussycats,” completely riding Josie out of her own band. Ice. Cold.

Even sweet innocent Betty is getting mixed up in all the wrong things. She finally admits that she brought Chic into her life to see if he could help her deal with the darkness inside. You knew the return of Dark Betty was coming and Chic is here to help her assimilate it seems.

Betty seemed more fascinated than disgusted to find out that Chic was a webcam guy. Props to her for not judging, but I think the old Betty would definitely not be as accepting. Chic finally admitted that he too felt the darkness inside and used webcamming as a way to escape and become different people. He even offers to show her a thing or two, which honestly, is the best form sibling bonding, right?

Can I really sit here and say I’m okay with Betty doing webcam sex? Nope, I really cannot. I also want some clarification as to where this darkness stems from. Yet, it explains why she’s been so attracted to Jughead, who is a metaphorical representation of the darkness in town.

In the end, someone declared major war and by someone, we mean the Serpents because that’s who Hiram is blaming the beheading of the Picken’s statute. My money is on Penny Peabody because Livewire died on Supergirl, she need something to do, you feel me?

Elsewhere, Cheryl’s mother has taken her job of providing comfort to the men of Riverdale way too seriously. And comfort is code for sex if you didn’t catch on by all of Cheryl’s dirty looks. It’s bad enough that the Cooper’s and the Blossom’s already have a messy history, especially with those cousin babies, but now Hal and Penelope are going to be fwb’s? As Cheryl would say, “gross.”

I’m befuddled by Hal’s resentment towards Chic. Anyone would be pissed to welcome a stranger into their home, especially one with such a peculiar career, but this is supposed to be his son. Wouldn’t he feel some remorse for forcing Alice to give him up all those years ago? Why does he keep trying to kick him to the curb? Something isn’t right here.

Look, maybe it’s just me, but I feel like Riverdale has been losing touch with reality and losing grip on what little sanity it had left. How did we go from getting milkshakes at Pop’s and trying to figure out who the Black Hood is, to this?

Why are so many storylines left hanging so that it almost doesn’t feel like the same show? Why is it okay for a grown man to launch a public rivalry with a teenager and no one bats an eye?


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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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Skeet Ulrich Explains Why He’s Leaving ‘Riverdale’ – 5 Ways The Series Can Explain FP Jones’ Exit

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How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

When Riverdale announced Skeet Ulrich’s exit in February following season 4, the fandom began to worry.

Ulrich plays FP Jones, the father of Jughead Jones, a former Serpent gang leader who has managed to turn his life around, become a Sheriff, and snag the love of his life.

He’s become an instrumental part of the series as he helps Jughead and his friends navigate normalcy in the fictitious murderous town.

In an Instagram Live in May, Ulrich elaborated about his departure explaining that he was “bored creatively.”

“I’m leaving Riverdale because I got bored creatively,” Ulrich said. “How’s that? The most honest answer.” Brutal. Honest. It’s what we’ve come to expect from FP.

At first, fans thought FP’s exit might confirm Jughead’s death, however, now that we know Jughead survived staged “perfect murder” with his father’s help, it’s unclear how the show will tackle the departure.

We have some thoughts about how Riverdale can explain the exit of one of the show’s finest dads:

1.Kids go off to college

In the “most obvious” lane, the kids go off to college and the parents are no longer a focal point of the series. Jughead and his buds are currently in their senior year and will be going to college in just a few months, pending they actually graduate.

Expectedly, the role of the parents will dwindle as the teens leave town and begin their “adult” lives. If this is the avenue they take, Riverdale might not even have to explain FP’s exit because he’ll simply still be there just not as frequently as when Jughead was living at home. And if Ulrich agrees to some guest appearances, they can very easily break him out of his contract while keeping the character and his relationship with his son in tact.

It’s now been confirmed that season 5 will have a time jump when it returns in 2021, and thus, FP existing off-screen seems like the most obvious avenue for the series to pursue.

“Season five of Riverdale will begin with our characters’ final days as students at Riverdale High. From an epic Senior Prom to a bittersweet Graduation, there are a lot of emotional moments and goodbyes yet to come—with some couples breaking up, as everyone goes their separate ways to college—or elsewhere,” The CW said in a release. “Then, we will redock with our gang as young adults, all returning to Riverdale to escape their troubled pasts. And life—and romance—will only be more complicated now that they’re in their twenties…”
 
How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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2. New Job Opportunity

After Jughead’s death, FP spiraled slightly (despite being in on the whole thing) and it led to a confrontation with Hiram Lodge. Hiram suggested that maybe FP was too close to the case, and FP straight up resigned as Sheriff.

With nothing tying him to this town any longer and Jughead gearing up to fly the coop, FP might look for job opportunities in other towns. FP deserves happiness and a fulfilling career, so we’re on board with this 100%.

3. Living It Up with Alice

Much like the teens of Riverdale, the parents have lived a life that could only be described as small-town hell. They were involved with the Gargoyle King since they were teenagers, Alice’s husband turned out to be the Black Hood, they’ve endured so much mayhem and suffering, and the one ray of hope has been that Alice and FP have found their way back to each other and allowed their romance to blossom.

How Riverdale Will Explain Skeet Ulrich's Departure F.P. Jones

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If anyone deserves a vacation, possibly even a permanent vacation, it’s these two love-birds. They need to leave Riverdale and never look back as they ride off into the sunset together.

4. Fed Up with Riverdale

For all the reasons listed above, FP might just be done putting up with Riverdale’s insanity. It wouldn’t be surprising if he was just fed up and done with Riverdale and using this opportunity now that his son is off to college and he doesn’t have a job to pursue a better life somewhere, anywhere else.

5. Death

I hate to say this, but if Ulrich never wants to return to Riverdale, there is a permanent solution. It would break fans’ hearts, but they don’t call it the murder capital of the world for nothing, right?

Turning it over to you, Cravers.

How do you think that Riverdale will write off FP? Will his exit be permanent?


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Riverdale Season Finale – Killing Mr. Honey (4×19)

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The rise and fall of Mr. Honey played out during the early season 4 finale of Riverdale.

Riverdale Season 4 Episode 19 was not supposed to be the finale, but alas, the coronavirus pandemic had different plans for all of us. 

Still, it was a fitting way to end leaving us on a head-scratching cliffhanger that brings the mystery of the videotapes to the forefront. 

The VHS tapes have been sprinkled in throughout much of the season but larger mysteries like the shenanigans at Stonewall Prep took precedence. 

The episode blurred the line between fact and fiction delivering two very different realities that slightly paralleled each other and offered up some beneath-the-surface commentary about the murderous and twisted town of Riverdale. 

Jughead, who was given a shot at attention the University of Iowa, had to submit yet another story and felt inspired by the group’s collective hatred for Mr. Honey, the principal who set out to ruin their senior year by cancelling the yearbook (gasp!) and senior prom (the horror!). 

I had to dig deep and put myself in the mindset of a senior to fully grasp the motivation here. Admittedly, senior prom is a big deal, but the yearbook, well, a year from now, none of them will even know they chucked the thing.

Prom, on the other hand, was the student body’s treat for enduring a twisted year ranging from psychopaths to murderers, so they weren’t going down without a fight; they deserved this. 

Mr Honey made a lot of enemies during his short-tenure and initially, it seemed almost justified since he’s never given the characters or the audience a reason to root for him. In fact, many of us were convinced he was the season’s villain and the man behind the tapes. 

Alas, Riverdale had other, bigger plans for him. 

Both storylines started off with an epic senior prank only in Jughead’s fictitious story, the prank was darker and involved kidnapping Honey dressed as Stonewall Preppies.

In reality, Honey retaliated to the sticky prank by cancelling prom completely, which is where the seniors brought in reinforcements: the hot moms and dads of Riverdale. The dads, aside from Hiram, were simply there for muscle. But the moms… oh, they meant business. 

They threatened to sue, they threatened to gather the PTA, it was nuts. 

Riverdale Killing Mr. Honey review Season Finale 4x19

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And they got their way until Honey made a copycat video pretending to be the Voyeur to get prom cancelled once again under the guise that it was too dangerous. 

In Jughead’s short story, Mr. Honey was kidnapped and got a good beating from Reggie. Veronica and Archie found him passed out and the group covered up his “accidental” murder by pretending to never speak of this moment again. Sound familiar? Betty, Jughead, Veronica, and Archie have been down this road once before, so Jughead was definitely pulling from his own reality. 

In the story, Reggie’s guilty conscience got the best of him so they killed him too. Ruthless. 

In reality, once the group succeeded in firing Honey in reality and Jughead read the letter of recommendation that the principal wrote on his behalf did he realize that he needed to change the narrative of his story. 

Miss Bell informed them that Honey has been the best principal Riverdale High has ever seen (sure, I guess), and was only trying to protect them. 

At this point, Jughead realized he’s been reveling in the twisted narrative of the town and using it as an excuse. Mr. Honey may not have made a good impression on any of us, but he was right that the murder, mayhem, and manipulation was not normal and needed to be eliminated. 

However, it’s hard to accept that Mr. Honey was truly trying to steer the students towards a new and promising reality since there was never any explanation as to why Honey wanted to cancel prom. He explained he was trying to protect the students and prepare them for the real world, but what did prom have to do with that? Did he know who was behind the tapes?

It didn’t explain why Honey cancelled prom at every other school he worked at or why he was a frequent visitor of the Blue Velvet where all the Voyeur’s tapes were found prior to it getting shut down.

It almost felt like the writers needed to redeem him so they did it without offering up expanations to any of our other questions and we were just supposed to go along with it. 

And let’s say that we did just go along with it, the final moments in the episode were equal parts twisted and confusing.

Whoever is sending the tapes knows about the cabin where Veronica’s mom had an affair. They could’ve picked any place for Betty and Jughead to go, so what’s the significance of that cabin other than its the place Sheriff Minetta was murdered?

The Voyeur also seems to be interested in reminding Riverdale of all its sins while also trying to frame Betty, Jughead, Archie, Veronica, Cheryl, and Reggie for murder as the cliffhanger featured six masked people dressed as them killing “Principal Honey” by stabbing him. 

This, again, paralleled Jughead’s story prior to his re-writing. 

It seems they’ve walked right into the Voyeur’s trap. 

Early on in the episode, Jughead gave away the point of the videotapes as being the rehearsal before the actual murder. 

Everything we were seeing was “the rehearsal” leading up to that final moment where Jughead and Betty were visibly shaken and disturbed by the videotape. 

It’s weird to say that I was glad to see them express such disturbance, but for a moment there, it seemed as though Betty and Jughead were normalizing murder as a way of life because they’ve been exposed to it for so long. The town turned them into monsters and they were okay with it. Thankfully, they diverged from that path rather quickly and their reactions to the tape of a man, a good man, possibly dying, prove it. 

Now, the fact that Honey accepted a job at Stonewall Prep in the first place after everything that happened during Jughead’s time there makes me think he’s not as “good” of a principal as they let on. 

It’s also unclear whether or not Mr. Honey was the man “murdered” in that final scene or if it was just a re-enactment as if the tapes were serving as a “I Know What You Did Last Summer” reminder. 

And then, there’s the question of who is actually behind them.

Jughead focused on writing his story for much of the episode, and aside from his core group of friends, the only other person who knew about it was Charles. 

In my review of Riverdale Season 4 Episode 18, I argued that their half-brother is behind the videotapes because he has time, access, and control of the situation. He’s been privy to every “private” situation, and could have gotten the other tapes when the FBI raided the Blue Velvet.

Think about it — what if Charles, Chic, Ethel, Evelyn, Donna, and Brett are all working together and the ones behind that final video to mess with #Bughead. 

However, with Jughead leaving pages of his short story around the school randomly, it’s possibly its someone else entirely.

The mystery and all the relationship drama (that was completely absent from the episode) would have likely been wrapped up in the final episodes of season 4, but with the current situation, everything is being pushed to season 5.

So, no worries, Riverdale fans, we’ll get our answers soon, we just have to wait a bit longer than expected. 

Other Sticky as Maple Syrup Moments

  • The classic prank of sticking Honey to a chair and phone was an oldie but a goodie. I thought maybe it would foreshadow that he got his hand stuck in the honey jar (aka — he’s the culprit behind the tapes), and I still think that would’ve been cute. 
  • It was fun to see the cast all together in the scenes including Cheryl and Reggie. It adds a new dynamic because their personalities are so distinct. 
  • RIP Midge Klump.
  • As of this episode, Cheryl is going to Highsmith College, Veronica is going to Barnard in New York, Betty is going to Yale in Connecticut, Archie is off to the Naval Academy, Jughead tentatively heading to University of Iowa, and Reggie is hopefully going to attend Riverdale Community College. 
  • I couldn’t help but laugh that they all have experience moving a dead body except for Reggie. Welcome to the team.


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