First there was Riverdale, then Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and now Katy Keene is coming. The upcoming spinoff starring Lucy Hale is a new installment in the Archie universe, so, of course, we’re totally here for it.
The show just got its greenlight, and we have high hopes for it, so we’ve been gathering all the intel. Keep reading to learn everything we know about Katy Keene so far. You’re going to want to be ready!
(Life Sentence via The CW)
What is Katy Keene about?
The CW announced that it ordered a Katy Keene pilot in January, as Deadline reported at the time, and the network also released the project’s logline. It explains what the show is about—and it’s a concept we like.
A Riverdale spinoff, KATY KEENE follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.
The #Riverdale universe expands! Thrilled to be bringing the adventures of Katy Keene and her New York pals to life! Extra-thrilled to be doing this with my pal Michael Grassi @thatthingofwhen! ❤️???????????????????????????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/NsM82bv1AE
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) January 24, 2019
As the logline mentions, the new show is based on characters from the Archie Comics, just like Riverdale and Sabrina. It’s co-written and executive produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi. Roberto is known for developing both of the other Archie-verse series, and he previously teased that Katy Keene will be “very different.”
What Riverdale characters will we see on the show?
The show’s titular character, Katy, will be played by Lucy Hale, who previously starred in The CW’s Life Sentence. She’ll be joined by at least one familiar face from Riverdale: Josie McCoy. It’s unfortunately a loss for the other show; joining Katy Keene means leaving it behind, as TVLine reported in February. Josie did indeed say her goodbyes in an April episode.
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) April 23, 2019
The jump makes sense, though, considering the new project is a musical series and Josie is a singer-songwriter. We’ll see her chasing her dreams, just like her fashionista friend, Katy. Roberto revealed that she’s always “been destined for New York.”
The truth is, Josie’s been destined for New York from #Riverdale’s pilot episode. So honored and happy we get to pursue Josie’s musical dreams with this lovely lady…❤️???????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/qWhqIcxdXb
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) February 5, 2019
Who else stars in the series?
The show has a lot of interesting characters, based on what we’ve learned so far. Camille Hyde and Lucien Laviscount are set to star as Alexandra and Alexander Cabot, siblings with something of a rivalry. Deadline reported in February that Alexandra is “a powerful, savvy and chic New York socialite” with a high-powered position in their family company, while Alexander is a CEO by day and a DJ by night. It sounds like he and Josie might bond over their interest in music.
Other cast members include Zane Holtz and Katherine LaNasa, whose casting was reported by Deadline in March. He’ll play Katy’s boxer boyfriend, K.O. Kelly, and she’ll be Gloria Grandbilt, a “legendary personal shopper” at a high-end department store. They’re also joined by Johnny Beauchamp and Julia Chen as Ginger Lopez and Pepper Smith, respectively. Roberto announced their roles in February, and Variety reported in May that Pepper is a “mysterious socialite” and Ginger is the drag queen alter ego of Johnny’s character, Jorge Lopez.
Meet Ginger Lopez and Pepper Smith! So excited to welcome @JonnyBeauchamp and @juliacchan to the #Archieverse! They’re chasing their dreams in NYC with Josie and #KatyKeene! pic.twitter.com/amrj7DO7dy
— RobertoAguirreSacasa (@WriterRAS) February 22, 2019
Will there be any Riverdale crossover episodes?
With the Katy Keene characters being in their 20s, they’re a little older than the Riverdale crew. That means it’s set a few years after Josie’s years at Riverdale High. Luckily, that doesn’t rule out the possibility of a crossover; things would just have to be a little different. CW President Mark Pedowitz told TVLine that “there are no plans” for a crossover at the moment, but “if any of those Riverdale characters should come to Katy Keene, they will come as an older self.”
When does the show premiere?
Katy Keene got its series order in early May, per Variety, but it still doesn’t have an official premiere date. It’s set to debut during the 2019-20 TV season, though, so we expect the date to be announced soon.
Riverdale is a good distraction while we wait for Katy Keene. HERE are our favorite memes that capture everyone’s current feelings.