Preview: ‘Riverdale’ Returns With New Episodes in April

Riverdale Season 4 has woven together several interconnected storylines, and like the climax of a Baxter Brothers mystery, one chapter has come to an end. Fans now know Jughead’s fate, but there are still plenty of stories left to wrap up this season. Alas, viewers will have to wait a while to see what happens next because Riverdale will vanish from The CW’s schedule for a few weeks. So, here is the scoop on what will air in the meantime, when the series will reappear, and what to expect when the show returns.

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What will replace all-new episodes of ‘Riverdale’ for the time being?

The CW is trading drama and intrigue for magic and comedy for the next several weeks. Both Riverdale and Nancy Drew will be absent from the Wednesday night lineup in favor of lighter programs. Penn & TellerFool Us will air in the 8 p.m. slot that Riverdale typically occupies, while Whose Line Is It Anyway temporarily replaces Nancy Drew from the 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. hour.

When will new episodes of ‘Riverdale’ return?

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Riverdale fanatics can rest easy because The CW has plans for the show to come back with a bang after just a short hiatus. Riverdale Season 4 Episode 17, ‘Wicked Little Town,’ will be the first new episode to air after the break.

In an unexpected turn, Riverdale production for the back end of the season has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. According to Deadline, it is just one of many shows to suspend production due to the viral outbreak. It would not be surprising if the production delay necessitates another break in new episodes causing the back end of Season 4 to air later in the year than originally planned.

What will happen in ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Episode 17?

Hedwig speaks to my entire generation,” declares Kevin in the Riverdale Season 4 Episode 17 promo.

The title of the episode, ‘Wicked Little Town,’ is an apt nod to the show’s sorted past which includes brutal killers, cultish games, and shady kingpins. It is also the title of a song featured in Hedwig and the Angry Inch which is the musical production that inspires this chapter of Riverdale.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch is the story of a transgender front woman in a rock band. In ‘Wicked Little Town,’ Riverdale High’s resident theater maven, Kevin, aims to produce a school variety show in the spirit of the classic musical.

As seen in the teaser, Principal Honey objects to the show, saying, “It’s not appropriate for students,” and barks the order to, “Cancel the variety show.”

As expected, the student body doesn’t take Honey’s mandate lying down. In what Kevin calls a “peaceful protest,” teens line the halls dressed wig-to-toe in glitzy garb inspired by Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Regardless of the conflict between pupils and administration, the preview hints that fans will get at least a taste of music in the episode. The Archies, a band that was featured on the animated series, The Archie Show, will perform. However, in the live-action version, Reggie is nixed for Kevin, who will join Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica on stage.

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