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Riverdale scores early season 2 renewal

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Riverdale has been picked up for a second season, EW has learned.

Set in present-day and based on the iconic Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is a subversive take on Archie (KJ Apa), Betty (Lili Reinhart), Veronica (Camila Mendes), and their friends, exploring the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade in the midst of a murder mystery.

The series, which debuted in late January, has posted recent gains in delayed viewing, becoming one of the network’s most streamed shows on The CW’s digital platforms.

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The drama hails from writer and executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and executive producers Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater. Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, Luke Perry, Madelaine Petsch, Marisol Nichols, and Mädchen Amick also star.

Riverdale airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET on The CW.

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