CW Picks Up 'Archie' Pilot from HUMANITAS Trustee Greg Berlanti
The CW started and seemingly finished its pilot pickups late Friday, ordering Greg Berlanti's Archie Comics re-do Riverdale, period drama Transylvania, a Mars drama as well as another hourlong comedy from the producers of Jane the Virgin.
Originally developed for Fox, Riverdale is set in the present day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters. It's described as a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small-town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale's wholesome facade.
The reboot hails from Greg Berlanti and his Warner Bros. Television-based Berlanti Productions, which will exec produce the drama alongside Archie Comics chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee, Big Love) will pen the script. Berlanti Productions topper Sarah Schechter will exec produce alongside Archie Comics' Jon Goldwater.
Speaking to reporters this month at the Television Critics Association's winter press tour, CW president Mark Pedowitz defended the darker focus on the traditionally younger-skewing bubble gum characters. "The darker take was when you have Roberto and Greg and they want to take a run at something, you give them that leeway. They deserve it. They’ve earned it. That’s why we went with a darker take," he said.
Riverdale marks Berlanti's latest outing for The CW. He also produces the network's DC Comics takes Arrow, The Flash and Legends of Tomorrow in addition to CBS' Supergirl as well as NBC's Blindspot and Mysteries of Laura. The comic book guru has been a lifelong fan of Archie Comics.
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