Ever heard of “Archie Comics”? “Riverdale” reinvents the beloved town from the lighthearted comics as a mysterious mecca for suspicious characters, family rivalries, misguided love and even—you guessed it—murder.
Network TV schedules usually seem really crowded at the end of the school year, with the full-season shows finishing up their runs while the mid-season replacements struggle to conclude their seasons by the end of May sweeps. As such, it’s time for a little clearing of the schedule to get rid of shows that shouldn’t exist anymore and make room for next season’s biggest hits. Here’s my take on 14 shows that premiered in the 2011-2012 season, excluding already-renewed shows like “New Girl,” “Smash” and “2 Broke Girls” and already-canceled shows like “Terra Nova.”
Another one of the CW’s new teen dramas, “The Beautiful Life: TBL,” has premiered, and, as usual, it is wildly entertaining. That said, it is far from perfect.
After the stellar season two finale in the spring, the delicious “Gossip Girl” has returned for another season of scandal. Season three started on Monday—not quite with a bang, but certainly with at least a muffled boom.