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Showgirls star joins Riverdale

And more surprises ahead for the CW drama

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“Showgirls” star Gina Gershon will play Jughead’s mother on season 3 of “Riverdale”, showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa announced at New York Comic Con on Sunday.

Gershon and Trinity Likins, playing Jughead’s sister, will be introduced on the Dec 12. episode of the CW series.

Aguirre-Sacasa described Gershon’s Gladys Jones as a “Serpent with a GED”, while Likins’ Jellybean ‘JB’ Jeans is said to be a young con-artist, living with her bike mother in Ohio.

Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that a HBO drama is his inspiration for the latest season.

“One thing we missed a bit in season two was Betty [Lili Reinhart] and Jughead as investigators, working together to solve a mystery,” he said. “I love the first season of True Detective, which had a weird occult murder mystery, so we thought it’d be fun to see our teen detectives in a True Detective-like plot. It’s a pretty dark, very twisted.”

“I would describe the main mystery in the first half of this season as sort of an epidemic in Riverdale,” Reinhart told Comic-Con attendees. “It involves everyone in the town, and it’s kind of a crisis.”

While Reinhart confirmed that the Betty-Jughead is looking good, ‘Varchie’ devotees will be a bit disappointed to hear that Archie and Veronica won’t be so lovely-dovey.

“I don’t think it’s looking too good for old Varchie this season,” AJ Apa, who plays the title character, said. “Their relationship will definitely be put to the test this season.”

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We nearly had a Josie and the Pussycats ‘Du Jour’ spin-off!

Actor Breckin Meyer says Netflix were offered their own boy band!

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Actor Breckin Meyer, appearing at this past weekend’s “Clueless” reunion panel at C2E2, told attendees that he’d spoken to Netflix about a spin-off of 2001 comedy “Josie and the Pussycats”.

The actor confirmed that he, co-star Seth Green and the film’s directors, Harry Elfont and Deborah Kaplan (also Meyer’s ex-wife), pitched the streamer a mockumentary that would’ve featured the fictional boy band ‘Du Jour’ from the movie.

You’ll recall, Meyer and Green played members of the pop group, alongside Donald Faison (also on the “Clueless” panel) and Alexander Martin.

“It was right when the Backstreet Boys were doing their big comeback – so we tried that, but it didn’t take” says Meyer, also an accomplished writer, whose credits include “Star Wars Detours”, “Robot Chicken” and “Men at Work”.

Can we please revisit the idea, Netflix!?

 

 

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Fun casting for IG-88 in The Mandalorian

The upcoming live-action “Star Wars” series set to premiere on Disney Plus

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“Thor Ragnarok” helmer Taika Waititi recently shot an episode of Disney Plus’s “The Mandalorian” – the live-action “Star Wars” TV series that will feature, among others, fan-fave Boba Fett – and now it’s being revealed he’s also playing a character in it.

Showrunner and executive producer Jon Favreau (“Iron Man”) has posted a behind-the-scenes pic on Instagram of the beloved filmmaker recording his voice for the part of bounty hunter IG-88. The droid character is best known for his appearance in “The Empire Strikes Back” but he didn’t speak in his brief moments on screen.

Waititi, you may recall, also voiced a part in “Thor Ragnarok” – that of amiable Kiwi rock-guy Korg.

“The Mandalorian” is set after the fall of the Empire and before the emergence of the First Order. We follow the travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy far from the authority of the New Republic.

 

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Supernatural comes to an end : Season 15 is it!

The CW series will conclude later this year

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“Supernatural” will end it’s record-breaking run with the upcoming 15th season, stars Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles and Misha Collins announced today on Insta.

“Well, it’s official. One more round for the Winchester brothers,” Ackles wrote in the caption. “Though nothing ever really ends in ‘Supernatural’… does it?”

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Executive producers Robert Singer and Andrew Dabb also confirmed the end of the long-running CW drama.

“Firstly, we would like to thank all the people who have been involved with the show both in front of and behind the camera,” the duo wrote in a statement published by THR. “For us it has been an experience of a lifetime.”

“The support we have had from both Warner Bros Television and The CW has been incredible,” Singer and Dabb continued. “We’d like to give special thanks to Jensen, Jared and Misha for making this journey so special. It is now most important to us to give these characters that we love the sendoff they deserve.”

“Supernatural”, which first aired on The WB in 2005, is the long-running sci-fi/genre series in American broadcast television history.

The CW has attempted to launch a couple of “Supernatural” spin-offs over the years but CW president Mark Pedowitz has since said he’s given up on that idea, convinced the spin-offs never came together because they’re lacking the magical ingredient : Ackles and Padalecki.

The fifteenth episode of the series airs later this year.

The CW are now looking to a wave of new shows to help fill the void left by “Supernatural” and “Jane the Virgin”, which is also concluding, with punters sugegsting the new “Lost Boys” TV series, a “Nancy Drew” reboot and “Batwoman” starring Ruby Rose will be the net’s next-big-things.

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