‘Riverdale’ producers issue statement on Luke Perry’s death

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The producers of The CW’sRiverdale” issued a statement following word that Luke Perry, who played Fred Andrews on the series, has died following a stroke.

  • In the statement, the show’s executive producers praise Perry and his work ethic.
  • The show is still airing its third season.
  • The third season is also still in production, but has since been put on hold after word of Perry’s death.
  • “Riverdale” was renewed for a fourth season Jan. 31, 2019, before Perry’s stroke, and there is no immediate word if the show will proceed without him.
  • For the past two seasons, the show has premiered in mid-October, so assuming it is following that same schedule, Season 4 would debut sometime in October 2019.
  • The series is based on the Archie Comics universe, with K.J. Apa as the namesake Archie Andrews.
  • Perry portrayed Archie’s father, with his mother, Mary Andrews, played by Molly Ringwald.