Legendary comic-book character Archie Andrews is being revived once again as executives atThe CW revealed details to fans at Comic-Con on Saturday of a forthcoming series, Riverdale, which will premiere late fall 2016. Based on the original Archie comic book, we’ll see the reintroduction of Archie and pals Jughead, Veronica, Betty and the rest of the gang as modern-day teenagers dealing with current issues in the fictional town of Riverdale, Massachusetts.

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Primarily narrated by Cole Sprouse (who plays Jughead Jones), the show will apparently have a bit more of a dark side than the comic book and earlier cartoon versions of the characters we’ve known over the years.

Sprouse admits to watching a lot of film noir to get into character and “tried to mimic Morgan Freeman’s narration as best I could". That alone should make at least the pilot debut worth watching.

Archie’s evolution over the years

Since the first Archie character appeared in a comic book in 1942, he and his cohorts have enjoyed a number of spinoffs in other mediums, including the half hour The Archie Show (1968-1969) which then evolved into the hour long Saturday morning cartoon series, The Archie Comedy Hour (1969-1970). With the help of Don Kirshner, Riverdale High pals even scraped together a fictional garage band, producing the mega-hit “Sugar, Sugar”, which topped the charts in 1969. Sabrina, the teenage witch friend from nearby Greendale, also enjoyed various evolutions in print and screen.

Riverdale execs promise modern-day hijinks

Executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasadescribes the new Archie (played by K.J. Apa) as “subversive,"and the show promises to be "a little more bit more like a teenage Twin Peaks."Set in the present day with the plot of the pilot episode revolving around a murder mystery, could this mean that the comic book-based characters will be on the wrong side of the law, or will Riverdale perhaps take us down a more Scoopy Doo-like path?

The answers can be found in Riverdale’s mid-season premier this fall on Oct. 3, 2016 on The CW.

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