Riverdale series creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa reveals that news of the show’s cancellation didn’t surprise him when he heard it.
Riverdale Creator and showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa revealed that The CW’s announcement of the series’ cancellation came as no surprise to him.
“He came out of conversations with the studio and The CW and [CEO] Mark Pedowitz,” Aguirre-Sacasa said in an interview with TVLine regarding the decision to end Riverdale after Season 7. “When we were renewed for Season 7, although we weren’t told at the time that it would be our last season, I think we all thought it might be. When Mark and I talked about it…it was bittersweet.” Despite this, Aguirre-Sacasa added that the cast and crew are proud of how the show has turned out and that the call informing them of its cancellation came just as they were working on the upcoming Season 6 finale.
Riverdale is currently in its sixth season. It was reported in March that the Archie-Comics-inspired show would be renewed for Season 7 along with several other shows on The CW, including all american, the flash, Kung Fu, Nancy Drew, Superman and Lois and Walker. However, it was revealed in May that RiverdaleThe seventh season of would be its last and land on The CW in early 2023.
As it concerns Riverdale end, Pedowitz commented, “I’m a big proponent of giving streaks that have long streaks a proper send off. We want to make sure [Riverdale] comes out in a good way.” As Aguirre-Sacasa said, the cast and crew suspected Season 7 would be the finale of Riverdale. In December 2021, Betty Cooper actress Lili Reinhart said that while there was hope the drama would be renewed for another season, it would likely be the show’s last.
In April this year, Jughead Jones actor Cole Sprouse said he and the majority of his castmates were ready to “buck up [the series] with a bow” and work on new projects. “I’m not a creative force behind [Riverdale]. I actually have no creative control,” Sprouse said. “We show up, get the scripts often the same day and get asked to shoot.”
Riverdale joined a long list of comic book-based shows that were recently canceled on The CW, including the Arrowverse series Legends of tomorrow and batmanplus a non-Arrowverse show and a newcomer to The CW Noemiewhich was canceled after just one season. Legends had been the longest running of the three with seven seasons alone, while Batwoman only aired for three. However, despite those cancellations, Pedowitz insisted that The CW “remains in the superhero business.”
Riverdale airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EST on The CW.