The CW's newest teen drama, "Riverdale," is based on the iconic "Archie Comics" characters -- with a bit of a darker twist to make the show more mysterious and intriguing. Still, you can expect to see your favorite characters like Archie (KJ Appa), Betty (Lili Reinhart) and Veronica (Camila Mendes) in all their small town glory when the show premieres on Thursday (Jan. 26).
During the TCA Winter Press Tour, Screener got the chance to ask the actors behind all our "Riverdale" favorites just how much research they did into the source material before launching this new, live action version.
Lili Reinhart and Camilla Mendes, who play Betty and Veronica, admit they didn't read the strips growing up (understandable, considering the comics have been around longer than their grandparents at this point), but the lack of preconceived notions helped them discover the characters for themselves. Coupled with a little research, they're excited about this new take on the iconic characters.
Others on the cast dove headfirst into the "Archie" legacy, learning whatever they could about the characters before trying to adapting them to TV.
"We were all given an extensive package of, moreso the reboot, of the 'Archie' comics," Cole Sprouse, who plays Jughead Jones says. "That sort of newer comic lineage is what we dove into, as a tone for the show."
"I used to read the Sunday strips when I was a kid," Madelaine Petsch, a.k.a Cheryl Blossom, says, "It was my dad and I's thing. He'd cut them out for me and give them to me every morning, so that was a cute thing I used to do. But Cheryl was never in those... Then 'Archie,' when I booked [the role], sent me this massive box of like, every Cheryl Blossom vintage comic."
Given that almost all of them had read up on their "Archies" in some way to prepare, we decided to see who had retained the most information by quizzing them on fake and real "Archie" characters.
With some truly eccentric names mixed into the real list of Archie characters, the cast did a fair to middling job picking out the true from the false. From real "Archie" characters like The Feebly Twins and Elmer Benjamin Flutesnoot, to some truly inspired fake ones like Beulah McGillicutty, we had a fun time testing both the kids and adults on their comic book know-how.
"Riverdale" premieres Thursday (Jan. 26) at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW. No previous experience necessary.