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‘Riverdale’ to Honor Luke Perry in Season Four Premiere, Shannen Doherty to Guest Star

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Attendees of the Riverdale panel at San Diego Comic-Con today learned from executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa that the season four premiere of the hit series will feature a special tribute to Luke Perry.

Also, Perry’s longtime friend and former co-star Shannen Doherty will guest star in a special role in the episode, which will air Wednesday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW.

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Shannen Doherty. Image courtesy of The WB/SDCC 2019.

The season premiere is entitled “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam” and will reflect on Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character, Fred Andrews, had on Riverdale.

Perry and Aguirre-Sacasa had long planned for Doherty to appear on the series. Aguirre-Sacasa talked about the strong friendship the pair shared: “…when we were putting together this tribute episode, we wanted to make it as special as possible, and so we asked Shannen to do a pivotal, super-emotional role. She read the script and immediately said ‘yes.’ It’s very impactful.”

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Riverdale stars KJ Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, Cole Sprouse, Marisol Nichols, Madelaine Petsch, Mark Consuelos, Casey Cott, Charles Melton, Vanessa Morgan, Skeet Ulrich, with Mädchen Amick.

Margaret works full-time as a web developer in Atlanta, Georgia. She is the Managing Editor for Nerds and Beyond, and she joined the staff in 2018. She enjoys creating recap/fan videos of her favorite Supernatural episodes and attending conventions to meet other fandom friends. Find her on Twitter at @MargNation.

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