For those already in San Diego or en route to Comic-Con 2016, tonight is preview night, where fans can get an early look at the convention floor, and watch full pilot episodes from some of this fall's most highly-anticipated shows. One of the programs airing during the preview night festivities is Riverdale, The CW's new series based on the beloved Archie Comics, which is slated to debut sometime in midseason. While we get ready for the SDCC festivities, The CW has debuted a new Comic-Con poster that you can check out below, which teases a murder mystery.
For those who can't make it to the Preview Night screening, which will be held in Ballroom 20 from 6 PM to 10 PM tonight, The CW will host another Riverdale pilot screening plus a Q&A session during their panel on Saturday, July 23 from 6:30 PM to 7:20 PM in Room 6BCF. Cast members and executive producers from the series will be present at this panel, but no specific names were confirmed quite yet. It's possible that the cast and producers could announce a premiere date during this panel, but we'll have to wait and see.
As a new school year begins, the town of Riverdale is reeling from the recent, tragic death of high school golden boy Jason Blossom - and nothing feels the same. Archie Andrews (KJ Apa) is still the all-American teen, but the summer's events made him realize that he wants to pursue a career in music - not follow in his dad's footsteps - despite the sudden end of his forbidden relationship with Riverdale's young music teacher, Ms. Grundy (Sarah Habel). Which means Archie doesn't have anyone who will mentor him - certainly not singer Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), who is only focused on her band, the soon-to-be-world-famous Pussycats.
It's all weighing heavily on Archie's mind - as is his fractured friendship with budding writer and fellow classmate Jughead Jones (Cole Sprouse). Meanwhile, girl-next-door Betty Cooper (Lili Reinhart) is anxious to see her crush Archie after being away all summer, but she's not quite ready to reveal her true feelings to him. And Betty's nerves - which are hardly soothed by her overbearing mother Alice (Mädchen Amick) aren't the only thing holding her back. When a new student, Veronica Lodge (Camila Mendes), arrives in town from New York with her mother Hermione (Marisol Nichols), there's an undeniable spark between her and Archie, even though Veronica doesn't want to risk her new friendship with Betty by making a play for Archie. And then there's Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch)... Riverdale's Queen Bee is happy to stir up trouble amongst Archie, Betty, and Veronica, but Cheryl is keeping secrets of her own. What, exactly, is she hiding about the mysterious death of her twin brother, Jason?
Riverdale may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows... Based on the characters from Archie Comics, Riverdale is from Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions, with executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Supergirl, Glee), Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics). Take a look at the new Comic-Con poster for Riverdale below, and stay tuned for more on this series throughout Comic-Con this week.