November 21, 2019 at 4:59 am EST | by John Paul King
Berlanti announces new ‘Riverdale’ spin-off
Lucy Hale is “Katy Keene” (Image courtesy The CW)

Television powerhouse Greg Berlanti has announced another spinoff from his popular CW series, “Riverdale.”

Like the previous show, Berlanti’s new series is inspired by the iconic “Archie” Comics. “Katy Keene” follows the lives and loves of four iconic “Archie” characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City… together.

The show’s official synopsis:

“Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father’s corporate empire. But Alexander’s dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media’s powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister. Josie and Katy’s roommate Jorge works at his family’s bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all.

“Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy’s Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. But Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, KO Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they’ll find long-lasting friendship.”

“Katy Keene,” like Berlanti’s other “Archie” shows (“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which airs on Netflix, was a previous spin-off from the “Riverdale” universe), will feature LGBTQ characters.

Berlanti, who identifies as gay, has a long history of creating content with strong LGBTQ representation. His shows have featured several historic firsts, including the first same-sex kiss between two men on network television (“Dawson’s Creek”), the first same-sex legal marriage on network television (“Brothers and Sisters”), the first recurring transgender character on primetime television (“Dirty Sexy Money”), and the the first live action transgender superhero (“Supergirl”). He also wrote and directed the theatrical film, “Love, Simon,” which the first teen comedy from a major studio to feature a same-sex romance as its principal narrative.

“Katy Keene” will premiere on the CW network February 6, 2020. You can watch the trailer below.

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