The network has canceled the “Riverdale” spinoff after a single season. According to sources, the show’s producer Warner Bros. intends to explore possibilities to keep it going on another platform.
“Katy Keene,” also based on the Archie Comics character, follows aspiring fashion designer Katy Keene (Lucy Hale), who meets Josie McCoy (Ashleigh Murray), fresh off the bus to chase her musical dreams. Their world is populated with kindred-spirit starving artists, including mysterious socialite Pepper Smith (Julia Chan) and Broadway-bound performer Jorge Lopez – and his drag queen alter ego, Ginger (Jonny Beauchamp).
The series was the only CW show not to be renewed in January, when the network handed out second season pick-ups to fellow newcomers “Batwoman” and “Nancy Drew.” It’s worth noting that even though “Batwoman” will swing back into action for another season, it will be without lead actor Ruby Rose, who exited in May. Sources attributed her departure to her being unhappy with the long hours required of her as the lead, which led to friction on the set.
The “Katy Keene” cancelation isn’t all that surprising given that it failed to take off viewership-wise both on linear and digital. Its poor ratings performance is perhaps a little surprising, however, given that “Riverdale” has been such a consistent performer across all platforms.
“Katy Keene” is written and executive produced by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa — chief creative officer of Archie Comics — and Michael Grassi. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Jon Goldwater — Archie Comics CEO and Publisher — are also executive producers. Maggie Kiley directed the pilot and is an EP. The series hails from Berlanti Productions which produces association with Warner Bros. Television and CBS Television Studios.
News of the cancelation comes less than a week after ABC passed on Aguirre-Sacasa’s vampire project “The Brides.”