VIDEO: The CW Releases Hot Riverdale Promo And Stars Spill Secrets

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Happy early Christmas! The CW has released a hot new Riverdale promo! Take a look!

The CW has also released Riverdale art that shows Archie and the gang are looking nasty and noir! The new pic of the juicy thriller shows actors Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Ashleigh Murray, Cole Sprouse, Madelaine Petsch and KJ Apa chilling inside and outside of a diner.

Here’s a full look at the image.

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The cast of Riverdale (L-R): Camila Mendes as Veronica, Lili Reinhart as Betty, Ashleigh Murray as Josie, Cole Sprouse as Jughead, Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl and KJ Apa as Archie. The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network. All Rights Reserved

For the January issue of Channel Guide Magazine, I chatted with Reinhart, who stars as all-American teen Betty Cooper, and Mädchen Amick who plays her controlling mother, Alice. For more of my interview with the two actresses, You’ll have to wait until January, but here are a few tidbits to tide you over.

“I think they’re doing a really good job of blending that classic, iconic look and feel that we all love from the comics,” says Amick. “Kind of like a little maybe American Graffiti sprinkled in, but they brought it to a very contemporary setting. That’s really clever, but they keep a timeless quality to it as well. You can really enjoy the bridge from our old love for the classic comic book but enjoy it in modern times.”

Judging by the “blue steel” given by the cast, this series is going to be a lot more serious than the comic books. “We call it ‘sexy Archie,'” laughs Reinhart. And when I asked her who on the cast is most like their character, she reveals, “It’s actually kind of insane. We all mirror our characters so well. It’s weird. We were all talking about this together a couple of weeks ago on set. KJ — who plays Archie — is very reserved, but he’s an athlete. He is so sweet and good hearted and such a family guy. That’s exactly how Archie is. Cole, who plays our version of Jughead, is very sarcastic with a dark humor and poetic. Cole is exactly the same way. Camila — who plays Veronica — has had a lot of instances in her life that directly mirror Veronica in our show. Honestly, I can’t say because I think all of us are crazy similar to the characters we play. I think that it’s just good casting!”

Both actresses tell me that the quintessential small town of Riverdale is much darker and mysterious than the comic books. “They’re not just drawings on a page,” says Reinhart. “We’re making them real human beings who have problems. Our show is very dark; it’s very twisted and moody and complicated.’ The backbone of the series’s first season focuses on the death of a classmate of the gang’s and Reinhart continues, “These characters that you always see in such a bright light in the comic books, our show shines a light on the bad parts of these characters, their struggles, and their problems.”

And Amick, who starred in the cult classic, Twin Peaks — which also kicked off with the death of a prominent teen — notes the similarities between the two series and adds, “Riverdale is a timeless small town, an American slice of pie that has a lot of beauty and wonder in it, but there’s a lot of dark mystery that’s bubbling underneath the surface.”

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Don’t worry about “All work and no play making these Jacks and Jills dull” … KJ, Camila, Cole and Lily also goofed around on their seriously hot photoshoot, as seen in this BTS shot.

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