Don't worry, Riverdale fans: Archie & Co. aren't going anywhere. The CW just renewed the sophomore drama for a third season, which is hardly a surprise, considering the current season's ratings. Now we're just waiting for a Riverdale Season 3 release date!
Thanks in part to Season 1's availability on Netflix, Riverdale Season 2 premiered to stellar ratings, more than doubling the ratings of Season 1 finale. So of course The CW wants to bring the show back for another chapter. "Congrats to the amazing cast and crew of #riverdale for a Season 3!" star Cole Sprouse tweeted upon learning the news. "Thank you all for your love and support. We'll see you soon!" tweeted co-star Marisol Nichols.
The CW actually announced the renewals of 10 shows at once, Riverdale included. The network is also bringing back veteran shows Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Supergirl, and Supernatural, as well as freshman shows Black Lightning and Dynasty. (The jury is still out on iZombie, The 100, and Life Sentence.)
"As The CW expands to a six-night, Sunday-through-Friday schedule next season, we are proud to have such a deep bench of great returning series for 2018–19," CW President Mark Pedowitz said in a press release. "By picking these 10 series up for next season, we have a terrific selection of programming to choose from when we set our fall schedule in May, with more still to come." And the good news doesn't end there for Riverdale devotees…
After bringing Archie and his friends back to the small screen, writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is also developing a companion drama for The CW — a show based on his comic book series Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, another Archie Comics title. Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka will play Sabrina Spellman, the latest incarnation of the character Melissa Joan Hart played in Sabrina the Teenage Witch.
For now, The CW is keeping mum on when we'll get Riverdale Season 3 and when we might expect that Sabrina spin-off. "Specific premiere dates for each series will be announced at a later time," the network says in the press release. We'll be waiting with bated breath!