Monday, October 25, 2021

‘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.

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.

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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.”

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.

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