Just as high school came to an end for the teens of Riverdale, their show got picked up for a sixth season!
The CW announced in February 2021, that, yes, Archie and the gang would be back and better than ever. “Though we’re just a few weeks into the new season, we wanted to get a strategic head start on next season with these early renewals, which allows our production teams to start laying out story arcs and hiring staff, and at the same time, continues to provide us with a strong, stable schedule to build on for next season,” the network’s President Mark Pedowitz said in a statement to EW.
The fan-favorite series first premiered in January 2017, and viewers are still hooked! As season 5 continues to air new episodes throughout 2021, we’re sure new mysteries and cliffhangers will be unveiled as the cast — including KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch, Casey Cott, Vanessa Morgan and more — starts their journey into adulthood with a seven-year time jump.
Once the fifth season concludes in late 2021, the sixth season will premiere, starting November 16, 2021 with “five-episode special events,” according to a report from Deadline.
“We will have completed production at the end of June, beginning of early July, so there will be enough of a hiatus so they will come back at some time in early September, fully rested,” Mark told Decider in June 2021. “Because they are coming in, in early September, there’s no way we could get eight, nine episodes up and running … So [instead] we’ll have this event-ized programming with The Flash and Riverdale that will run through November.”
As fans know, the ongoing coronavirus pandemic derailed the production schedule, but Mark also told the publication that “we expect it will take us until Fall 2022 to get back to a regular schedule.”
So, what can viewers expect to see from the special episodes? Although not much information has been released about season 6 just yet, Casey teased a little bit of what’s next for Kevin Keller. While chatting with Us Weekly in August 2021, the actor joked that he has “no idea what’s happening” as the show continues.
“There’s no predicting on a show like Riverdale, so the more you kind of just get excited before you even read it, the better,” the actor explained. “I think the show works really well when everyone’s involved a lot. They’ve been doing that really well, specifically, I feel like, last year. So the more kind of cohesive the season is, which I think the writers are so great at. I think that makes it really fun. I think the fans enjoy that too.”
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