‘Katy Keene’ Trailer: Lucy Hale Leads ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Series

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Singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray) hits New York in the upcoming Riverdale CW spinoff series Katy Keene, which expands the network’s series imaginings of the Archie Comics.

Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale stars as the titular character of this new series, playing an aspiring fashion designer trying to chase her dreams in the Big Apple. Apart from Katy and Josie, we also follow performer Jorge Lopez/drag queen Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp) and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan), who are also shooting for their ambitions while juggling friendships and love. You can check out the synopsis beneath the official extended trailer for further details on what to expect.

And yes, it appears there will indeed be crossovers between Katy Keen and Riverdale. Of course there’s Josie, but according to executive producer Michael Grassi: “I think it’s very likely that we will be seeing some familiar faces from Riverdale crossing over to our Katy Keene show and our New York world and we’re excited about that.”

Big-time executive producer Greg Berlanti (Arrowverse, Titans, You) continues his CW work with this series, which has been developed by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina) and Michael Grassi (Riverdale, Supergirl).

Katy Keene, also starring Lucien Laviscount, Zane Holtz, and Katherine LaNasa, will be hitting The CW soon.

Official synopsis for Katy Keene:

A RIVERDALE spinoff, KATY KEENE follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), singer/songwriter Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), performer Jorge Lopez/Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp), and “It Girl” Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) — as they chase their twenty-something dreams in New York City…together.


Katy designs clothes for anyone she can, including her friend and roommate Josie, whose singing talent catches the attention of Alexander Cabot (Lucien Laviscount), a CEO who hopes to reboot the record label division of his father’s corporate empire. But Alexander’s dream of signing Josie to a recording contract meets resistance from Cabot Media’s powerful senior vice president Alexandra (Camille Hyde), who also happens to be his twin sister. Josie and Katy’s roommate Jorge works at his family’s bodega and has his eye on Broadway, but after a series of rejections, he hopes to take his drag performance career as Ginger to the next level. The mysterious Pepper Smith plans to open her own version of Andy Warhol’s Factory. She has the connections, but no one seems to know where she got her money — or if she really has any at all.


Katy struggles to manage the pressures of her day job at Lacy’s Department Store and her very demanding boss, Gloria (Katherine LaNasa), who is a legendary personal shopper. But Katy has the support of her longtime boyfriend, KO Kelly (Zane Holtz), who has his own dream of becoming a professional boxer. As these aspiring artists take on the runway, the recording studio, Broadway, and the NYC social scene, they will find more than just a career in the big city — they’ll find long-lasting friendship.


Executive produced by Greg Berlanti (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”), Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Supergirl,” “Glee”), Michael Grassi (“Riverdale,” “Supergirl”), Sarah Schechter (“Arrow,” “The Flash,” “Supergirl,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow”) and Jon Goldwater (Archie Comics Publisher & CEO), KATY KEENE is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.

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