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Riverdale promo reveals CW's Archie series

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Riverdale might fill that Gossip Girl-sized hole in your heart.

This exclusive new promo for the CW midseason series reveals our first look at the network’s gritty take on the Archie comics. Set in the present day, the Greg Berlanti-produced drama will follow Archie (KJ Apa) and other beloved characters from the comics as they enter their sophomore year of high school while dealing with a murder-mystery.

“It’s definitely Archie, but a little darker, a little more complex and a little weirder than you might remember from the digest you bought at the supermarket,” executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told EW at San Diego Comic Con earlier this year. “We’re saying it’s a little bit like Archie meets Twin Peaks.”

The eerie promo teases a rather buff Archie, parties, plenty of high school of drama, and also features shots of Veronica (Camila Mendes), the new girl in town competing with Betty (Lili Reinhart) for Archie’s affections. Flashes of ambulance lights and yellow police tape tease the tragic death of “high school golden boy” Jason Blossom, which kicks off the series.

Check out the promo above.

Riverdale also stars Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Mädchen Amick as Betty’s mother Alice, Luke Perry as Archie’s father Fred, and Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl Blossom. It premieres Thursday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. on The CW.