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CW is giving live-action Archie TV show Riverdale a pilot

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When you think of comic book-to-TV adaptations, Archie might not be the first thing that comes to mind. But that isn't stopping CW, which has just ordered to pilot a live-action TV show based on the American comic book classic. It's called Riverdale, after the fictional town in which Archie takes place.

The show is said to offer "a surprising and subversive take on Archie, Betty, Veronica, and their friends," the pitch reads, adding that it will explore "the surrealism of small town life — the darkness and weirdness bubbling beneath Riverdale’s wholesome façade." Archie's official site says that the show will, perhaps unsurprisingly, focus on the "eternal love triangle of Archie Andrews, girl-next-door Betty Cooper, and rich socialite Veronica Lodge."

Archie has been around since 1941, though in 2014 the titular hero went out in a blaze of glory and took a bullet for his best friend, Kevin Keller. Few details are available about the show, including any information about casting or how closely it will stick to the source material, but it's being executive produced by Greg Berlanti, according to Variety, who is already in charge of CW's other comic book shows, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow.

Correction: This article originally implied that Archie is no longer published, which is incorrect.