Riverdale: Ashleigh Murray Joins Katey Keene Pilot

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If the Riverdale pilot goes ahead at The CW, the main series will be losing a series regular. 

Ashleigh Murray has joined the cast of Katy Keene, the in-the-works spinoff that will take place several years after the events of Riverdale. 

Ashleigh Murray as Josie McCoy - Riverdale

"Katy Keene follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene and singer/songwriter Josie McCoy — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City," reads the logline for the potential offshoot. 

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"This musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of four aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.”

At TCA last week, CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed there will not be a crossover episode to introduce the character of Katy Keene.

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“Katy Keene takes places years after Riverdale High School, Pedowitz said.

“There are no plans to do anything [regarding a crossover]. Any of the Riverdale characters who come to Katy Keene will be older. Robert [Aguirre-Sacasa] is getting the pilot right.”

Murray has played Josie since Riverdale debuted back in 2017, but despite being a series regular, she's spent most of her time on the periphery. 

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Fans have long called for her to get a bigger presence, so this news will likely be music to their ears. 

It's intriguing that the new series will be set in the future because it means Josie will be a link to the world of Riverdale. 

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It makes the possibility of us seeing more grown-up versions of our favorite characters considerably more likely. 

Still, setting the spinoff in the future is a big move and one that could make the storytelling tricky. 

Headliner - Riverdale Season 3 Episode 9

The CW renewed Riverdale last week at TCA along with nine other dramas. Katy Keene received a pilot order just a few weeks ago, and it sounds like the network is moving full steam ahead with it. 

What are your thoughts on this, Riverdale Fanatics?

Would you be on board with Josie moving to the spinoff?

Hit the comments. 

Remember you can watch Riverdale online right here via TV Fanatic. 

Paul Dailly is the Associate Editor for TV Fanatic. Follow him on Twitter.

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Riverdale Quotes

Cheryl: Ummm, did you have a lobotomy for breakfast? You’re wearing my signature color!
Toni: You don’t own the color red. Red existed before you.
Cheryl: Not at Riverdale High. Here, I invented red. I am red.
[Cheryl snaps her fingers and two girls stand behind her]
Cheryl: Sorry, but this school is not big enough for the both of us, faux-pink lady. And I was here first. Go to Centerville High or Westerberg, I don’t care. But you have until first bell Monday to clear every trace of yourself out of these halls. Copy?
[Cheryl flips her hair in Toni’s face and walks away]

Evelyn: We have copies of those tapes, Betty. And copies of those copies.
[Betty walks to Evelyn and presses her to a locker]
Betty: Let me make something very clear. You and your dad may have brainwashed my mom, but I see right through your enlightened Farm-y c***. So, stop messing with me, stop messing with my family, and stop messing with my friends. Better yet, don’t even think about coming near me and my mom ever again.
[Evelyn tries to break free, but Betty pushes her back and presses her arm to Evelyn’s neck]
Betty: Because if you do, Evelyn, I will kill you. And if you don’t believe me, ask around. People will tell you what I’m capable of.
[Betty walks away, Evelyn looks scared]