The CW's Katy Keene May Be a Riverdale Spinoff, but How Much Will It Actually Be Like the Original?

The CW’s hit teen mystery drama Riverdale already has one successful spinoff in Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, which is a dark, supernatural tale of a young witch coming into her powers and thwarting evil forces. But next year, The CW is debuting a second Riverdale spinoff with Katy Keene, starring Lucy Hale as the title character and bringing Riverdale’s Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) along for the ride, along with several other fresh new faces.

But is Katy Keene going to have all the murder, mayhem, and mystery of its predecessors? Read on to find out.

Speaking to the 2019 TCA Summer press tour, executive producer Robert Aguirre-Sacasa says that if darkness is what you’re hoping for from Katy Keene, then prepare yourself — that is not what this new dramedy is bringing. They did consider making a darker version of Katy Keene but ultimately they decided that just wasn’t what this show was.

“When I first met with [Warner Bros. Television chief executive Peter Roth] to talk about this show, I said there is a version of this show that is more suspenseful, that’s like Looking For Mr. Goodbar or Valley of the Dolls or that has more of that genre element. And he said no, no. What we want is something bright and optimistic and aspirational,” says Aguirre-Sacasa. “And then we kind of took that and ran with it. And it’s nice that the show has such a different tone. It’s fun to be talking about things like Broadway and fashion and not the Gargoyle King or the Black Hood or an evil cult.”

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