Riverdale Season 1 Starts Filming in Vancouver Area

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Riverdale Season 1

After filming its pilot in Vancouver from March 14th to March 31st of this year, new CW TV series Riverdale season 1 based on the Archie comics starts production today.

The series is the latest CW show from Executive Producer Greg Berlanti to join his ‘Berlanti Universe’ here in Vancouver (Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl). Set in the titular town of Riverdale from the Archie comic book series, the show revolves around Archie, Betty, Veronica, Jughead and their friends. Amidst the usual high school drama, they begin to uncover the strange, mysterious layer underneath the wholesome town.

Although the characters may be familiar and based on the Archie Comics, the TV adaptation will be a fresh new take which is said to be darker. Much of the darkness and mystery will stem from Cheryl Blossom, who is described as the ‘villain’ of Riverdale season 1.

Riverdale Season 1 has a very well-rounded ensemble cast set to play many of the favourite characters from the Archie Comics. Here’s a roundup:

Actor Role You may know them from
K.J. Apa Archie Andrews Shortland Street
Lili Reinhart Betty Cooper The Kings of Summer, Surviving Jack
Camila Mendes Veronica Randy Doe
Cole Sprouse Jughead Jones The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
Luke Perry Fred Andrews Beverly Hills 90210, Ties That Bind
Madelaine Petsch Cheryl Blossom Instant Mom, The Curse of Sleeping Beauty
Mädchen Amick Alice Cooper Twin Peaks, Witches of the East End, American Horror Story
Marisol Nichols Hermione Lodge Teen Wolf, GCB
Ross Butler Reggie Mantle K.C. Undercover, Hacker’s Game, Perfect High
Asha Bromfield Melody Max and Shred, Dead on Campus
Ashleigh Murray Josie McCoy Younger
Casey Cott Kevin Keller
Lochlyn Munro Hal Cooper Unforgiven, Freddy vs. Jason, Scary Movie
Cody Kearsley Moose Mason
Caitlin Mitchell-Markovitch Ginger Lopez
Olivia Ryan Stern Tina Patel Liar Liar Vampire, Mostly Ghostly 3: One Night in Doom House
Sarah Habel Geraldine Grundy Whip It, Rush, Underemployed
Shannon Purser Ethel Muggs Stranger Things

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, series writer and Chief Creative Officer of Archie Comics, shared a “Class Photo” of some of the Riverdale cast during pre-production last week:

He also shared a great look at the Pop’s Chock’lit Shop set built at their studio lot in Langley:

Riverdale Season 1 Filming Locations

The location used for Pop’s Chock’lit Shop during the pilot episode was Rocko’s Family Diner in Mission, BC. Check out our Current Filming Locations page where we post daily locations as they’re found/reported for filming in Vancouver and area. You can find a list of previous Riverdale filming locations in our Filming Location Archive.

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Riverdale Season 1 Official Trailer

Riverdale season 1 is scheduled to continue filming in Vancouver and British Columbia until February 9th and it’s expected to premiere in early 2017 on The CW in the US.

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    • Thanks! That could still be the case, but these are the current dates according to the Director’s Guild of Canada. They can change though, and hopefully they do stay until February!

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