'Riverdale' Season 7 to be Series' Last

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Thursday May 19, 2022

'Riverdale' Season 7 to be Series' Last
  (Source:The CW)

The CW has announced that Season 7 of the long-running "Riverdale" will be the series' last, according to Variety.

The series premiered in 2017 and "proved to be a major hit for The CW upon its debut," Variety said, going on to add that it "exploded in popularity once it became available on Netflix."

However, ratings have "fallen off some in recent seasons," the Hollywood Reporter noted, specifying that its "current season, airing on Sunday nights, is averaging just under half a million viewers after a week of delayed viewing." The cancellation comes "as The CW is paring down its lineup of scripted originals," THR said.

Based on the long-running "Archie" comics — which generally have been the most G-rated of comic books (though they have dived into more mature areas and have also been LGBTQ+ supportive) — the series, created by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, sought to bring a darker edge to the property.

Over the show's six seasons, its characters have been sexually active and have wrestled with real-world problems like crime, drug use, youth homelessness, and parental abandonment. The storylines have involved homicides, and even seen lead character Archie Andrews (played by New Zealand actor KJ Apa) spend stretches of time in jail.

Variety detailed that the final season will commence in 2023, joining the CW lineup at mid-season. "The show was renewed for Season 7 back in March among a slew of other CW shows like 'The Flash,' 'All American,' 'Kung Fu,' and 'Walker,'" Variety recalled. "It is now the latest long-running CW show to come to an end," the article added.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.