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Archie Goes Dark and Broody in Riverdale

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Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) and his father Fred  Andrews (Luke Perry)

There’s a sort of “you-know-what-you’re-getting” vibe when it comes to the world of Archie via the wildly popular classic comic strip with Archie and best friend Jughead continuously getting into mischief while Betty and Veronica bicker over the affections of the larrikin red head.  When it comes to the world of Archie Andrews in the new drama series Riverdale, what we get is the complete opposite of what we would expect.

The quiet and quaint town of Riverdale goes into a complete meltdown after the mysterious disappearance of local high school student Jason Blossom which forces the dark hidden hands of the townsfolk to slowly emerge.

The best way to think of Riverdale is Archie meets Dawson’s Creek meets Pretty Little Liars and it is this mix of shows that gives viewers a lot to take in within Riverdale’s opening episode.

Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is struggling to find even ground for his promising football career and his wishful music career while trying to keep his woeful father Fred Andrews (Luke Perry) happy and his feelings for his music teacher Miss Grundy (Sarah Habel), with whom he had a summer fling with, hidden.  His best friend Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) has romance in her eyes for her read headed best friend but her uppity mother Alice Cooper (Mädchen Amick) is trying to stop Betty from venturing out at any cost.  Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse) is a moody, brooding writer, taking notes about the mysterious disappearance that happened over the past summer while new girl in town Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes) makes an impact right from her first meeting with the Riverdale gang before she locks lips with both Betty and Archie.

Splattered into this modern world of Archie, additional characters from the comic series including the flashy and gay Kevin Keller (Casey Cott), bitchy and privileged Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)  and lead singer of high school band Josie and the Pussycats Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) all appear to shake things up in the once peaceful town.

This fresh take on Archie, made for the modern era teen, is a rather swell surprise that will fit easily into the viewing habits of those watching PLL or fans of Gossip Girl and even the failed Melrose Place remake.  Secrets, lies, murder, scandals….it’s all going down in Riverdale.

Riverdale is currently streaming on Netflix Australia.

The Goldbergs Locked In for Wednesday Nights on Seven

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We’ve seen all the ads and it’s become one of my favorite new comedies to come out of last years UpFronts and now, finally, Channel Seven have locked in 80’s themed comedy The Goldbergs for a Wednesday night time slot!

Based off the real life moments of Adam F Goldberg (actual moments captured on camera are wonderfully recreated throughout episodes) The Goldbergs follows 11 year old Adam and his family – his smother (smothering mother) Beverly, his often pants-less father Murray, his big dreaming older brother Barry, his was-once-a-nerd-but-now-im-popular older sister Erica and his livin’ large grandfather Albert as they try and survive everyday life growing up in the 80’s.

The pilot episode is quite funny and as always, tries to establish character traits and quirks but you will find Jeff Garlin (as Murray Goldberg) to be quite over bearing but very quickly, things settle in and we’re left with a very funny, family based comedy, that will bring back the fond, and not so fond memories of life in the 1980’s and the pop-culture items that still remain popular to this day.

Starting Wednesday June 4th at 8:30pm (odd time slot for a half hour comedy) Channel Seven will be offering up a double hit of the dysfunctional Goldbergs with the pilot episode and oddly enough episode 7 (which has featured heavily in the promo adverts) – but one need not worry about the miss-mash of episodes (the following week gives us episode 8 before we’re back to episode 2 followed by episode 11) as each episode, for the most part, runs as stand-alone stories.

The only time things may seem out of place with this mashing of the episode run is when young Adam’s friends are introduced to us. There’s some big episodes featuring his friends (including a great homage to 80’s cult flick The Goonies) and young crush that may feel displaced by the hacking.

Read more about the pilot episode here

The Goldbergs premieres on Channel Seven, Wednesday June 4th at 8:30pm