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Chapter Thirteen: The Sweet Hereafter

For many people, summer is just getting started. You’ve had your Fourth of July barbecue, and now you’re ready for some serious beach or pool time.

But for Hollywood, it’s already time to get back to work. On Monday, some of television’s hottest stars were back on set to resume production on their hit series. The casts of both Riverdale and This Is Us were already reporting for duty, with the CW and NBC series both starting production on their fourth seasons.

The casts shared posts teasing their returns to set. Riverdale films in Vancouver, and on Friday, star Lili Reinhart tweeted that she was already back in Canada. “Can’t believe we’re starting season 4, she wrote.”

Then on Monday, Reinhart was clearly back on set for real, sharing a video of her character Betty’s bedroom on her Instagram story.

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Reinhart’s costar Camila Mendes, who portrays rich girl Veronica Lodge, also got in on the action, tweeting, “First day of filming season 4 and all I gotta do is lie in bed and pretend to be asleep.”

It wasn’t only Mendes who got to lay around on the job their first day back. Vanessa Morgan, who plays Southside Serpent Toni Topaz, also did with her onscreen girlfriend Cheryl Blossom (Madelaine Petsch). “First day of season 4 & we get to lay in bed all scene hayyyy,” she captioned a photo of the two of them getting cozy in Cheryl’s cozy, if not somewhat gothic, bed.

Not to be outdone, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa updated the masses via Instagram about the second day of shooting for the aforementioned show. In his post, he included a shirtless photo of titular character Archie Andrews (K.J. Apa) and captioned it: “And we’re back. Second day of shooting #Riverdale Season 4” along with an assortment of emojis.

Also from the foggy climes of Riverdale, Madchen Amick, who portrays unhinged mother turned FBI informant Alice Cooper, shared an Instagram post, both celebrating their return to work and paying special tribute to their late costar Luke Perry. “There was nothing but love, memories and mourning for our beloved Luke as we honor him in our first episode back #wemissyouluke #inmemoriam #riverdale #S4 #tableread” she wrote. Producers announced previously that the season premiere of Riverdale would include “a tribute to our fallen friend,” referencing the untimely death of Perry in March.

The cast of This Is Us, meanwhile, is back to work on the Paramount lot in Hollywood. Pearson matriarch Mandy Moore and patriarch Milo Ventimiglia shared posts on their social media accounts straight from the lot. Ventimiglia was celebrating his birthday at work, sharing a photo with the Paramount water tower and a caption reading, “One of the best birthday gifts to come back for season 4. Prep today/film tomorrow #HereWeGo. MV.”

Moore shared a photo of the same water tower on her Instagram story, as well as a short video of her in the makeup chair wearing a wig cap.

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Sean Hayes, who stars as one-fourth of the gang on NBC’s Will & Grace, posted a series of photos to mark the first table reading of his show’s new season on Thursday. The upcoming installment will be the 11th overall season of the comedy series, and the third since it was revived in 2017.

“So excited to see my (TV) family again today,” Hayes captioned the image of him with costars Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Eric McCormack.

He also posted photos of his script for the new season’s first episode, which appears to be titled “Eat, Pray, Love, Phone, Sex” (a play on the popular Elizabeth Gilbert memoir and subsequent film adaptation).

This Is Us returns Sept. 24 on NBC, while Riverdale returns Oct. 9 on the CW. A premiere date for the new season of Will & Grace has yet to be announced.

This article was originally published July 8, 2019, and most recently updated July 11, 2019.

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