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Katy Keene is a musical drama television series that ran on The CW from February 6 to May 14, 2020. It is the second spin-off series of Riverdale, succeeding Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Katy Keene was picked up to series on May 7, 2019.[1] On January 7, 2020, one month prior to the series premiere, thirteen additional scripts were ordered for a potential second season.[2] On July 2, 2020, The CW cancelled the series after one season.[3]

Summary

Riverdale spinoff follows the lives and loves of four iconic Archie Comics characters — including fashion legend-to-be Katy Keene — as they chase their twenty something dreams in New York City. Musical dramedy chronicles the origins and struggles of the aspiring artists trying to make it on Broadway, on the runway and in the recording studio.[1]

Cast

Starring

Episodes

No. in series Episode title Written by Directed by Original airdate
1 "Chapter One: Once Upon a Time in New York" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Michael Grassi Maggie Kiley February 6, 2020
2 "Chapter Two: You Can't Hurry Love" Michael Grassi Steve Adelson February 13, 2020
3 "Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" Shauna McGarry Harry Jierjian February 20, 2020
4 "Chapter Four: Here Comes the Sun" Alina Mankin Pamela Romanowsky February 27, 2020
5 "Chapter Five: Song for a Winter's Night" Leo Richardson Ryan Shiraki March 5, 2020
6 "Chapter Six: Mama Said" Davia Carter Charles Randolph Wright March 12, 2020
7 "Chapter Seven: Kiss of the Spider-Woman" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Greg Smith March 19, 2020
8 "Chapter Eight: It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" Will Ewing Jessica Lowrey March 26, 2020
9 "Chapter Nine: Wishin' and a Hopin'" Mia Katherine Iverson Pamela Romanowsky April 16, 2020
10 "Chapter Ten: Gloria" Michael Grassi & Neil McNeil Alex Pillai April 23, 2020
11 "Chapter Eleven: Who Can I Turn To?" Sara Saedi Lea Thompson April 30, 2020
12 "Chapter Twelve: Chain of Fools" Evelyn Yves Steve Adelson May 7, 2020
13 "Chapter Thirteen: Come Together" Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Michael Grassi Maggie Kiley May 14, 2020

Production

Development

On August 6, 2018, Riverdale showrunner first announced that another spin-off series, in addition to Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, was being put into works at The CW.[4] On January 23, 2019, it was announced that the spin-off was ordered to pilot and would be titled Katy Keene.[5]

Casting

On February 4, 2019, Deadline Hollywood revealed that Ashleigh Murray would reprise her role as Josie McCoy of Riverdale in the spin-off.[6] On February 22, Jonny Beauchamp and Julia Chan were cast as Jorge Lopez and Pepper Smith, respectively;[7] and on February 26, Camille Hyde and Lucien Laviscount were cast as Alexandra and Alexander Cabot.[8]

On March 11, 2019, it was announced that award-winning television actress Lucy Hale would headline the spin-off as the lead role.[9] On March 26, Zane Holtz and Katherine LaNasa were also added as series regulars.[10]

Filming

Filming for the pilot began on March 13, 2019.[11] Two months later, on May 7, Katy Keene was officially picked up by The CW for a 13-episode first season.[12]

Production on remaining twelve episodes of the first season began in September 2019, and concluded in February 2020.[13]

Reception

Critical response

On August 4, 2019, a three-minute extended trailer was released, and gained mostly positive reviews.[14]

The series, overall, has received an average Tomatometer score of 91 percent.[15] As of June 28, 2020, the average audience score for the first season of Katy Keene on Rotten Tomatoes is 81 percent with 67 user ratings.[16]

Ratings

The first season received sub-average ratings in the 18-49 demographic, with an average rating of 0.1 and 480 thousand viewers per episode.

No. Episode title Original airdate Rating/share (18–49) Viewers (millions)
1 "Chapter One: Once Upon a Time in New York" February 6, 2020 0.2/1 0.62[17]
2 "Chapter Two: You Can't Hurry Love" February 13, 2020 0.1/1 0.53[18]
3 "Chapter Three: What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" February 20, 2020 0.1/1 0.52[19]
4 "Chapter Four: Here Comes the Sun" February 27, 2020 0.1/1 0.45[20]
5 "Chapter Five: Song for a Winter's Night" March 5, 2020 0.1/1 0.48[21]
6 "Chapter Six: Mama Said" March 12, 2020 0.1/1 0.51[22]
7 "Chapter Seven: Kiss of the Spider-Woman" March 19, 2020 0.1/1 0.46[23]
8 "Chapter Eight: It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding)" March 26, 2020 0.1/1 0.45[24]
9 "Chapter Nine: Wishin' and a Hopin'" April 16, 2020 0.1/0 0.49[25]
10 "Chapter Ten: Gloria" April 23, 2020 0.1/0 0.48[26]
11 "Chapter Eleven: Who Can I Turn To?" April 30, 2020 0.1/1 0.40[27]
12 "Chapter Twelve: Chain of Fools" May 7, 2020 0.1/0 0.44[28]
13 "Chapter Thirteen: Come Together" May 14, 2020 0.1/1 0.41[29]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 "‘Batwoman’, ‘Katy Keene’ & ‘Nancy Drew’ Picked Up To Series By the CW, ‘Glamorous’ Still In Contention" - Deadline
  2. "‘Katy Keene’ Gets 13-Script Order Ahead Of Premiere On the CW" - Deadline
  3. "‘Katy Keene’ Canceled By The CW After One Season; ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff To Look For New Home" - Deadline
  4. "Riverdale Boss Nixes Sabrina Crossovers, Teases Another 'Very Different' Spinoff in the Works" - TVLine
  5. "‘Riverdale’ & ‘Jane’ Spinoffs, ‘Nancy Drew’ & ‘The Lost Boys’ Get the CW Pilot Orders" - Deadline
  6. "‘Katy Keene’: Ashleigh Murray To Star In the CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Pilot" - Deadline
  7. ""Riverdale" Spinoff "Katy Keene" Adds Julia Chan and Jonny Beauchamp to Cast" - Teen Vogue
  8. "‘Katy Keene’: Camille Hyde & Lucien Laviscount Join The CW’s ‘Riverdale’ Spinoff Pilot" - Deadline
  9. "Lucy Hale to Topline The CW's 'Riverdale' Spinoff 'Katy Keene'" - The Hollywood Reporter
  10. "Katy Keene: Riverdale Spinoff Adds Zane Holtz, Katherine LaNasa" - KSiteTV
  11. Lucy Hale (@lucyhale) on Twitter: "KATY KEENE. Day 1 ❤️"
  12. "'Riverdale' Spinoff 'Katy Keene' Has Been Officially Picked Up By The CW & The Photos Already Look Amazing" - Bustle
  13. "Production Dates - Various Show" - SpoilerTV
  14. youtube.com/watch?v=1KpPusuHMaE "Katy Keene | Official Extended Trailer | The CW" - The CW Network - YouTube
  15. "Katy Keene" - Rotten Tomatoes
  16. https://www.rottentomatoes.com/tv/katy_keene/s01
  17. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.6.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  18. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.13.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  19. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.20.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  20. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 2.27.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  21. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.5.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  22. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.12.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  23. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals &Network Finals: 3.19.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  24. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.26.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  25. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.16.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  26. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.23.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  27. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 4.30.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  28. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.7.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
  29. "SHOWBUZZDAILY’s Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 5.14.2020" - Showbuzz Daily
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