Will a ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Crossover Ever Happen? The ‘Katy Keene’ Spinoff Has Fans Wanting More
Ever since Chilling Adventures of Sabrina premiered in October 2018, fans of the Archie Comics TV Universe have been dying to see the Netflix series crossover with The CW’s Riverdale. And now, with another spinoff, Katy Keene, about to be released with the promise of a Riverdale crossover episode, viewers are wondering when Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will finally get its turn to air something with the flagship show. So what’s the deal? Here’s what we know so far.
A ‘Katy Keene’ and ‘Riverdale’ crossover will happen
Back in January, The CW president Mark Pedowitz revealed Katy Keene and Riverdale will not have a crossover event, as the new series is set five years in the future.
“Katy Keene takes places years after Riverdale High School,” Pedowitz said, according to Deadline. “There are no plans to do anything [regarding a crossover]. Any of the Riverdale characters who come to Katy Keene will be older. Robert [Aguirre-Sacasa] is getting the pilot right.”
However, on Dec. 4, the network confirmed a Riverdale and Katy Keene crossover event is coming on Feb. 5, 2020, prior to the spinoff’s release date. In the episode, Veronica (Camila Mendes) visits New York City for a college interview. She also meets up with her old friend, Katy Keene (Lucy Hale). And the two go on a shopping spree together.
“Before Katy Keene officially premieres, we all thought it would be super-fun to do a crossover that took Veronica to Katy’s world — New York City — and established Katy in the Riverdale universe,” executive producers Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Michael Grassi said in a joint statement, per E! News.
The statement continued: “For our first Riverdale/Katy crossover, we couldn’t be more excited that it’s old friends Veronica and Katy — Cami and Lucy — having fun and heart-to-hearts!”
Meanwhile, Aguirre-Sacasa shared the news on his Twitter account, expressing his excitement over the Katy Keene and Riverdale crossover on The CW.
“The news is out! Veronica’s going to NYC and #Katykeene is coming to #Riverdale!” he wrote. “So excited for our first #Archiverse crossover!!”
Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa on the potential ‘Riverdale’ and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ crossover
Despite the incredible news about the Katy Keene crossover on The CW, fans have also been waiting to see the characters on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Riverdale interact for over a year. However, it’s likely getting a Katy Keene and Riverdale crossover is easier than incorporating CAOS in either show — other than a few Easter eggs.
“I’d love to do it, but it’s just hard to figure out,” Aguirre-Sacasa said at San Diego Comic-Con on July 21, per Syfy.
Prior to the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 premiere, Aguirre-Sacasa explained he was trying to get permission to add an Easter egg in the show. The showrunner also shared he hoped for a full CAOS–Riverdale crossover event after the second season of the Netflix series wrapped.
“We’re still in production on the second part of Sabrina, we haven’t wrapped yet. I think right now our focus is all on wrapping up and getting that landed in a great way,” Aguirre-Sacasa told The Wrap in December 2018. “I think once that’s behind us, I think we’ll be able to really investigate and have the conversations about this. That’s my hope at least.”
When does ‘Riverdale’ return, ‘Katy Keene’ debut, and ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ Season 3 premiere?
For now, it’s difficult to say whether or not Riverdale — or Katy Keene — will ever receive a crossover episode with Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. However, fans of the universe can still look forward to new episodes of each individual show in the near future.
That said, Riverdale will take a hiatus after the Dec. 11 episode and return sometime in early 2020. And as the crossover episode will be released on Feb. 5, it’s likely the flagship series will come back before that date for its midseason premiere.
Meanwhile, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Part 3 will start on Netflix around the same time. On Dec. 7, the streaming service released the premiere date trailer, teasing the return on Friday, Jan. 24.
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