Riverdale is a popular tv series on Netflix which has a huge audience base and is currently preparing for the launch of its fifth season. The teen series which belongs to the mystery genre is based on the comic book Archie from the 1940s. The series has received much acclaim due to its nail-biting suspense and excellent storyline. The fifth season will be soon released on Netflix which is the sole broadcaster of the tv series. If you have missed out on the series and want to know more about the release dates then keep on reading!
Riverdale was first released in 2017 and is currently in its fifth season. The popular tv series is based on the mystery genre and takes its inspiration from the Archie comics. The comic book itself was started in 1942.
The comic book was published when the authors realised that the character of Archie Andrews from Pep Comics was interesting enough to get an individual comic book. The comic book was published in two volumes with volume 1 continuing after the publication of volume 2. The first volume of Archie comics ran from 1942 to 2015.
The second volume of the comic was published from 2015-2018. In 2018, the first volume was edited to add new chapters and is still in the process of completion. The first volume was actually stopped after the authors decided to launch a new series “New Riverdale” in Archie comics. The second volume was created keeping in mind the requirements of this upcoming series. The comic book is mainly based on the life of teenagers. The comic was written by several authors and the illustrations were also done by various artists. Some of the notable authors and artists are Fiona Staples, Veronica Fish, Pete Woods, Annie Wu, and so on.
The series was made by Archie Comics’ chief creative officer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
Warner Bros.Television and CBS Studios, in association with Berlanti Productions and Archie Comics. were the producers of the series. It was actually meant to be a feature film but it was turned into a series for Fox after reconsideration. The series was then handed over to CMT who managed the filming process. The sets of the series were based in Vancouver, British Columbia. Till the fifth season, the series has aired 86 episodes and is still continuing golfing for more.
The sixth session will come after the fifth is available on Netflix. The first episode of the first season aired on January 26, 2017. The entire season was able to gather millions of viewers who gave out positive reviews. The second, third, fourth, and fifth season soon followed due to its increased popularity among the US audience.
The cast of the film was done from February 2016 and the main characters were selected within March that year. The other cast members were soon selected in 2017, 2018, and 2019. KJ Apa was cast as Archie Andrews. Lili Reinhart was selected as Betty Cooper and Camila Mendes was cast as Veronica Lodge. The other actors of the series include Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch,
Luke Perry, Mark Consuelos and so on.KJ Apa was only 19 when he was cast as the protagonist of the series. Lili Reinhart was only 18 when she joined KJ Apa and was given a very important character in the film. Camille Mendes was the eldest of them at age 22.
The plot of the tv series is somewhat like the comic book but the series actually gives the stories a dark look. The events and settings have also been changed to keep it up to date with the present times. Set in a small town, the teens discover in high school that their town is witness to some shady and dark crimes. The series is able to heighten the suspense and keep the viewers at the edge of their seat. The amazing direction and the pull of the stories will keep you hooked with the series and leave you wanting for more.
This year the fifth season of the series was delayed from it’s usual release schedule due to covid outbreaks and restrictions. The fourth season of the series actually saw fewer episodes because the production and team had to cut down filming due to lockdown and covid restrictions. The first 11 episodes of season 5 have already been released by April this year.
However, the airing of new episodes has been halted and is expected to resume from August 11. The new episodes of season five will be streamed on Netflix which has the sole ownership of broadcasting Riverdale. Apart from Netflix USA, Netflix in the UK, India, Australia, and other countries are also going to release the series on their online platforms.
It is common for Netflix to release Riverdale episodes shortly after its US premiere on The CW. This was expected to start happening again in January 2021. If further delay ensues, the release dates may be pushed further away to October. Sources have also started that season 5 will not be the final season of Riversale. In fact, Riverdale has actually signed a renewal for their sixth season which might come out next year if the pandemic does not get worse and the production or filming is not hampered.
This popular teen drama is, however, not without controversies. Several problems with the show have surfaced recently and fans are starting to question the team. The audience has noticed the glaring problem of having a predominantly white cast with very little and questionable representation from coloured actors. Veronica Morgan who is one of the main characters has remarked to the press that she is aware of these discrepancies and his upset by the attitude of the casting team.
Who did not bother to be inclusive. Instead they actually cast coloured actors only to have them play side roles or negative roles in the series. Several allegations of sexual harassment has also been made on social media by people. The allegations are not limited to one person but actually include many names who are playing too many characters in the series. These mounting problems have dissuaded some viewers from watching the series but the audience support has not dwindled significantly.
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