Katy Keene: Will CW’s Spinoff Pilot Also Spin Off Riverdale Characters?

While everyone was over there wondering when fans are going to get a legit Riverdale/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crossover (you know what we mean), the CW was over here announcing a pilot order for Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene. Written and executive produced by “Riverdale-verse” mastermind Robert Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi, the musical dramedy series would focus on the trials and tribulations of the budding fashionista in New York City. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater will also executive produce; Berlanti Productions (CW’s Batwoman) will serve as the studio, in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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Describing the spinoff as “very different from Riverdale,” Aguirre-Sacasa’s Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City. This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.

Now what’s interesting about that description is how it may or may not connect with an interview Aguirre-Sacasa gave to CBR back in January 2017. During the course of the converation, Aguirre-Sacasa was asked how he would like to see the “Riverdale-verse” grow as more characters are introduced and become popular with the viewers.

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Aguirre-Sacasa made reference to the character in his answer with, “Katy Keene could pop up in Riverdale, or it could be a fashion show. I think the sky is the limit, really.” But it was the rest of his answer that could prove very interesting:

“Once “Riverdale” runs its course, I think that you could do Betty and Veronica and Kevin move to New York and they’re roommates. It could be like “Sex and the City” with Betty, and Veronica, and Kevin. The sky is the limit, but right now the focus is on making “Riverdale” the best show it can be, and be the be-all end-all.”

Hmmm…so let’s see:

The description for the pilot released this week reads, “…follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene” so that means 3 unnamed “iconic” characters.

Aguirre-Sacasa’s 2017 interview named Betty, Veronica, and Kevin – 3 Archie characters that would meet that “iconic Archie Comics characters” description.

So have Aguirre-Sacasa’s plans for Katy Keene changed – or is Riverdale in for some major changes?

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