Few networks have as strong of a track record for putting out popular teen dramas as the CW, and Riverdale is likely to be their next big hit. The pilot is set to make its premiere tonight, January 26th, at 9 p.m. EST. While the show is aiming for the popular teen and young adult market, its roots are in the baby boomer generation. The new series created by developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Glee, Big Love and Marvel comics) is based on the popular Archie comics series. So yes, there is a Jughead and Veronica on the show.
Unlike the Archie comics though, Riverdale is more mysterious, the characters are far better looking and the storylines are more complex, often having dark undertones. The show "is an eerie and offbeat take on the high school mythos — both addictive and confusing in equal parts," said Variety TV critic Sonia Saraiya."Its incredibly attractive leads, secret backstories, complex buried relationships, and unreliable, unethical adults are reminiscent of Freeform’s Pretty Little Liars and the CW’s Gossip Girl.”