Comic-Con: Riverdale Season 4 Adds Shannen Doherty, Kerr Smith to Cast
Straight from their panel at San Diego Comic-Con, Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed the first official details on the new season, announcing that the season four premiere will feature a special tribute to Luke Perry. In addition, Perry’s longtime friend and former costar Shannen Doherty will appear in the episode in a guest role. Titled “Chapter Fifty-Eight: In Memoriam,” the season premiere will reflect Luke Perry’s enduring legacy and the indelible imprint his character, Fred Andrews, had on Riverdale. The episode which will air Wednesday, October 9, at 8/7c on The CW.
The casting of Doherty was something Perry and Aguirre-Sacasa had previously planned prior to his death, and her presence on the series “is something that Luke wanted to happen since season one,” said Aguirre-Sacasa.
“They were such good friends, and 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.”
It was also announced at the show’s Comic-Con panel that Kerr Smith (The Fosters, Life Unexpected) will play Riverdale High’s new principal, Mr. Honey, in a recurring role. Smith will first appear in the second episode of season four, entitled “Chapter Fifty-Nine: Fast Times at Riverdale High.” Aguirre-Sacasa describes Smith’s character as “a bit of a hard-ass who takes a harder line with the students this year, especially with the seniors.”
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.
Based on the Archie Comics characters, Riverdale is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater are executive producers.