Riverdale’s highly-anticipated seventh and final season gets official premiere and finale dates for this spring
The CW has given premiere and finale dates for its popular, long-running series Riverdale, which is coming to a close this spring.
The network announced that the Archie-adapted show, which began in 2017, will return to TV Wednesday, March 29 at 9pm.
And the final episode, Deadline reported, will air on Wednesday, August 23.
Latest update: The CW has given premiere and finale dates for its popular, long-running series Riverdale, which is coming to a close this spring
Since being renewed for the next installment, executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa has used social media to tease behind-the-scenes content.
Back in October her uploaded a photo of Lili Reinhart, who plays Betty Cooper, and Vanessa Morgan, who plays Tori Topaz.
They were in full costume on set as he wrote in the caption, ‘Every ending has a beginning. Season Seven of #Riverdale started filming today. With these two beautiful dreamettes leading the charge into the dark heart of the nineteen-fifties.’
Days later he shared a photo of Cole Sprouse on a monitor as he filmed a scene in a navy blue ribbed sweater with a red S on it.
It was captioned, ‘Season Seven “S” Sweater. Jughead is my fashion icon now and forever. A week into shooting, and I am LOVING the 1950’s! And I think/hope you will, too!!!’
Continuing where season six left off, Cole’s character Jughead Jones appears trapped in the 50s in the season seven plot.
Also returning to the beloved program are series regulars Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, and KJ Apa.
Jones is utterly confused, having no trace of how he ended up in the time warp as his friends aren’t aware of a life beyond their present day.
Meanwhile, Apa’s Archie Andrews is ‘coming of age, getting into trouble, and learning life-lessons.’
It’s happening! Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa shared a photo of Cole Sprouse on a monitor as he filmed a season seven scene in a navy blue ribbed sweater with a red S on it
Sneak peek: Aguirre-Sacasa has been teasing behind-the-scenes photos from the set of season seven; Vanessa Morgan and Lili Reinhart pictured
Coming soon: The network announced that the Archie-adapted show, which began in 2017, will return to TV Wednesday, March 29 at 9pm; Charles Melton and Camila Mendes pictured in an earlier season
Reinhart’s Betty Cooper get curious about her seemingly flawless life, beginning to question her overbearing mother Alice, played by Madchen Amick.
Camila’s Veronica Lodge is a Tinseltown sensation who arrived on the Riverdale scene under unknown details.
The hit series – created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa – is a dark take on the classic Archie Comics which debuted in 1941.
It was announced last May that the show would culminate with season seven this spring.
Where it began: Actor Luke Perry appeared on the show until his tragic death from a stroke in 2019 at age 52; pictured with Molly Ringwald in season one
The synopsis of the show reads: ‘While navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark Riverdale mysteries.’
Riverdale became a breakout hit for The CW after debuting in 2017 and ratings soared in the second season after a streaming run on Netflix making for a 30 percent jump in viewership.
Chairman and CEO of The CW Mark Pedowitz told reporters last year: ‘I’m a big believer in giving series that have long runs an appropriate sendoff.
‘We want to make sure it goes out the right way.’
Pedowitz also said that he and Aguirre-Sacasa had a conversation earlier and agreed that ending the series after seven seasons felt right.
New talent: Season seven will see newcomers Nicholas Barash and Karl Walcott join as Julian Blossom and Clay Walker
Last month Camila took to TikTok to share vulnerable thoughts on the show coming to a close.
‘Every once in a while it hits me that this crazy journey I’ve been on for the last seven years is ending in June, which also happens to be the month I’ll be turning 29,’ she wrote.
She continued candidly, ‘I basically experienced the entirety of my 20s on Riverdale. I don’t know what adulthood is like without this show as an anchor.
‘I imagine it’ll feel like when people come out of long term relationships having completely forgotten how to operate through life as individuals. Will she have an identity crisis? It’s likely!’
Camila Mendes wrote on TikTok last year: ‘I don’t know what adulthood is like without this show as an anchor’