If you’ve been watching Riverdale for five seasons and found yourself wondering what year the series has been set in, wonder no more!
While the series has purposefully kept the time period vague and ambiguous to contribute to the show’s “timeless” vibe, tonight’s episode titled “Purgatorio” finally gave fans a clear answer.
After a seven-year time jump that took Riverdale’s gang from high school to post-college, the series acknowledged that the timeline is set in the present year of 2021.
The revelation happens in a clip where Veronica and her husband, Chadwick, are discussing cutting her hours at Lacy’s as they consider starting a family.
“It’s 2021, Chad. Haven’t you heard? Women can have it all now,” our fiercely independent Ronnie tells him!
However, don’t expect that to change anything as the show’s “retro” vibe is still very much in-tact.
During the episode, you’ll notice that Archie and his friends are all using an iPhone 12, but Archie’s return to Riverdale after being discharged from the army looks like it could have been pulled right from a 1940s war film.
It’s part of the beauty that is Riverdale. Nothing is ever as it seems.
Showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa spoke to ET about the time-period and revealed that there was a bit of a continuity error as the graduation episode featured a banner that said “Congratulations Class of 2021.”
“Yeah this is kind of like the bummer of not having the natural summer break in between seasons four and five because it really highlights how totally insane the Riverdale timeline really is, but yes it feels like we are finally in the present day though the esthetic will remain hopefully as timeless as ever,” he explained of the mistake.
Truthfully, we’ve grown to love the ambiguity of the time period.
Aguirre-Sacasa also didn’t deny the possibility of crossing over with sister shows Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (which ended in December 2020) and Katy Keene (which was canceled in 2020) in the future now that the timelines are all caught up.
“That’s a really good question and I will tell you that we haven had a lot of conversations about figuring out a way to bring characters from Katy Keene to Riverdale and from Sabrina to Riverdale, so it’s more possible that it’s ever been, let me say that,” he noted.
After all, Veronica and Katy are said to be besties in the flash-forward… and Lacy’s does get mentioned a lot!
‘Manifest’ Canceled At NBC After 3 Seasons
Flight 828 has been grounded.
NBC canceled supernatural/sci-fi/plane drama Manifest after three seasons.
After the cancellation, showrunner Jeff Rake revealed he hopes that the series gets picked up by another outlet or streaming service.
“My dear Manifesters, I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us,” Rake posted on Twitter late Monday night. “That we’ve been shut down in the middle [of a planned six-season run] is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew. #savemanifest”
My dear Manifesters,
I’m devastated by NBC’s decision to cancel us. That we’ve been shut down in the middle is a gut punch to say the least. Hoping to find a new home. You the fans deserve an ending to your story. Thanks for the love shown to me, cast, and crew. #savemanifest
— Jeff Rake (@jeff_rake) June 15, 2021
Many “828ers” might be hoping for the same if they want to find out what finally happened when the flight disappeared and reappeared five years later.
*** Spoilers Ahead ***
The third season wrapped up early this week and left fans with several cliffhangers: Grace died, Angelina kidnapped baby Eden, Cal returned as a teenager, and Captain Daly returned but only briefly before disappearing with the remnants of the flight that was being rebuilt in Eureka. Read our full review HERE!
Manifest’s ratings weren’t overly impressive. According to TVLine, the season averaged a little more than 3 million viewers weekly, which was down 21 and 31% from season 2.
The problem with broadcast television is that they are so quick to drop shows without giving them a proper conclusion.
Fans deserve better, especially if they’ve been following TV’s biggest mystery for three full seasons.
Manifest is seeing a lot of buzz following its addition to Netflix, so maybe the streamer will be convinced to give it one more go?
And if no streaming service picks up the remaining seasons of the Warner Bros. production, maybe NBC will see how passionate the fanbase is and agree to a two-hour movie to wrap things up as they did with Timeless?
Please, don’t leave fans hanging! #SaveManifest
WATCH: Mel and Jack Talk Starting a Family in ‘Virgin River’ Season 3 Trailer
There’s plenty of baby talk going around in the Virgin River Season 3 trailer!
Netflix dropped the trailer for the upcoming drama on Friday, June 11 and it doesn’t waste any time answering the question on everyone’s mind: does Jack survive?
It’s quite an obvious answer considering there is no show without Jack, but if it’s been keeping you up at night, the good news is that he does.
Of course, that doesn’t put the question of who shot him to rest. (And we have some theories you can check out right here!)
As he recovers, he’s blessed to have Nurse Mel by his side.
With their romance finally heating up, the nosy locals in town begin asking questions about their future — is marriage in the cards? And what about babies?
Mel’s history will definitely come into play, especially as it was always her dream to have a child. But Jack is a new father to twins (at least we think they’re his) with his ex Charmaine.
Luckily, Charmaine is no longer hung up on him as she’s found a new man who is there for her and the kids!
Check Out the ‘Christmas in July’ Lineup on Hallmark
No one does Christmas better than Hallmark… even in July.
The network is here to give you a little dose of holiday cheer during the summer months with its annual Christmas in July lineup.
The jolly fun kicks off on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries from June 25 all the way through July 8.
If that’s not enough, you can indulge in more of your holiday favorites on the Hallmark Channel from July 8 to July 31.
There’s even a brand-new Christmas movie premiering on July 9 titled Crashing Through the Snow starring Amy Acker and Kristian Bruun star as Maggie and Jeff, who are ex-spouses but friends first.
So, decorate those palm trees, grab a nice cold drink, and check out the Christmas in July lineup below:
2020 Movie Marathon (July 10-11)
Hallmark will air popular Christmas movies from last year, including the premiere of “Crashing Through the Snow” on July 10 at 9 p.m.
Soap Sunday (July 18)
Hallmark will air holiday films featuring fan-favorite soap stars throughout the day and into the night, including Cameron Mathison, Chaley Rose, Rome Flynn, Alison Sweeney, Jesse Metcalfe, Fiona Gubelmann, Bethany Joy Lenz and Victor Webster.
Countdown to Christmas Greatest Hits (July 24-25)
Hallmark will air some of its greatest Christmas films of the past. “Crown for Christmas,” starring Danica McKellar and Rupert Penry-Jones, will air on July 24 at 7 p.m.; “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” starring Brooke Burns, Henry Winkler and Warren Christie, will air on July 24 at 9 p.m.; “Christmas Under Wraps,” starring Candace Cameron Bure and David O’Donnell, will air on July 25 at 7 p.m.; and “The Nine Lives of Christmas” with Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad will air on July 25 at 10 p.m.
Blake Shelton Night (June 28)
- Time for Me to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 6 p.m. ET
- Time for You to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 8 p.m. ET
- Time for Us to Come Home for Christmas on Monday, June 28 at 10 p.m. ET
Holiday Jam Session (July 2)
Hallmark will air a series of films that have key musical moments: “Our Christmas Love Song,” starring Alicia Witt and Brendan Hines, will air at 6 p.m.; “The Christmas Bow,” starring Lucia Micarelli and Michael Rady, will air at 8 p.m.; and “Christmas at Graceland,” with Kellie Pickler and Wes Brown, will air at 10 p.m.
Salute to Christmas (July 3)
A trio of projects celebrating those who serve the U.S. will air, featuring “The Christmas Doctor” (starring Holly Robinson Peete and Adrian Holmes) at 6 p.m.; “USS Christmas” (starring Jen Lilley and Trevor Donovan) at 8 p.m.; and “Deliver by Christmas” (starring Alvina August and Eion Bailey) at 10 p.m.
Family on the 4th! (July 4)
To celebrate family, Hallmark will air “A Blue Ridge Mountain Christmas,” starring Rachael Lee Cook and Benjamin Ayres, at 6 p.m.; “Holly & Ivy,” starring Janel Parrish, Jeremy Jordan and Marisol Nichols, at 8 p.m.; and “The Christmas Ring,” starring Nazneen Contractor and David Alpay, at 10 p.m.
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