As previously mentioned, with the 2018 Comic Con International: San Diego (or SDCC) ending today, I’ve been showcasing all of the trailers for The CW Network of programming that are most topical to our demographic of readers. Essentially the comic book and horror themed stuff that came to light yesterday. I’ve actually finished with all of their super-hero programming and those clips along with several others that you might find interesting can be examined HERE. Our next clip takes us to the town of “Riverdale” to see what dramas and circumstance will befall Archie Andrews and his friends. Let’s take a look.
I’m keeping with all of the season premieres that are focused on the comic book properties and point out that “Riverdale” will be airing this evening on The CW Network with its second season premiere. Check out the dramatic poster along with some brief premise and casting.
The Premise: The series follows Archie Andrews’ life in the small town of Riverdale and explores the darkness hidden behind its seemingly perfect image.
KJ Apa as Archibald “Archie” Andrews
Lili Reinhart as Elizabeth “Betty” Cooper
Camila Mendes as Veronica Lodge
Cole Sprouse as Forsythe “Jughead” Jones III
Marisol Nichols as Hermione Lodge
Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom
Ashleigh Murray as Josephine “Josie” McCoy
Mädchen Amick as Alice Cooper
Luke Perry as Frederick “Fred” Andrews
Casey Cott as Kevin Keller
Martin Cummins as Sheriff Keller
Skeet Ulrich as Forsythe “F.P.” Jones II
Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy
Nathalie Boltt as Penelope Blossom
Lochlyn Munro as Hal Cooper
Colin Lawrence as Coach Floyd Clayton
Peter James Bryant as Mr. Waldo Weatherbee
Charles Melton as Reginald “Reggie” Mantle
Cody Kearsley as Marmaduke “Moose” Mason
Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs
Major Curda as Dilton Doiley
Alvin Sanders as Pop Tate
PiercingMetal Thoughts: I have to admit that I never thought I would find this show interesting but it actually is. Knowing the sugar coated fashion of the old Archie Comics as I did, I never expected a gritty, dark and often mysterious show about these characters in a real life setting would work but it did. I gave it a shot by running the DVR on a few episodes and found myself tuning in each and every week. On the comics side, there are more gritty and serious Archie Comics on the stands. Some of them use a bit of an “Elseworlds” premise and have him fending off zombies and the like and believe it or not, the character was even killed off in his own title in one of these potential futures. Amazing. Oh yeah and he’s met both The Ramones and KISS which I got a kick out of. “Riverdale” was even a part of this years “Free Comic Book Day” and recapped the first episode of the series on the printed page. If you’ve found any interest in these characters I say give the show a run through as its rather unique. That’s all I have to say about it. If you’ve watched it and enjoyed it, let me know down in the comments section below.
Originally airing on NBC Television in 1999, this made for TV movie tells the story about the famous radio DJ Alan Freed who is credited as being the man who coined the phrase “Rock & Roll”. Back in 1951, the radio was king and the music scene was growing rapidly in the Rhythm & Blues genre but the times found it being seperated from the stations primarily listened to by a white audience and not getting any airplay whatsoever. The film takes some clear liberties in how Freed actually started his adventuring into the Rock & Roll sound I am sure, but the film is entertaining enough to make it something enjoyable to watch. Played by Judd Nelson, the film shows Freed as someone very genuine about the music he was helping to grow. They show him rising to great notoriety rather quickly but this is probably based on the constraints of this being a television film. We see Freed meet his sweetheart Jackie McCoy who becomes his wife and mother of his children. She is played by the lovely Madchen Amick who is apparently now a star of the current cable show “Californication”. Continue reading “Mr. Rock ‘N Roll: The Alan Freed Story”→