spin-off ups that show’s drama quotient.
Bubbly young Katy Keene, is an assistant at the prestigious department store Lacy’s, though she aspires to be a fashion designer (and already creates clothing for her friends). Katy and her friends – would-be boxer boyfriend K.O., jet-setting journalist Pepper, aspiring actor Jorge and, newly arrived from Riverdale, ex-Pussycat Josie McCoy, who hopes to become a megastar singer – all support each other in achieving their dreams in the most exciting, glamorous, and competitive city of all – New York.
Based on the long-running Archie Comics character created by Bill Woggon, the first episode of Katy Keene
featured less sex and violence than its companion series Riverdale
, with most of the episode devoted to setting up characters and situations. However, character conflict is just as catty and vicious as on Riverdale
, and is liberally peppered with profanity. While plot threads in the first episode largely focused on Katy and Josie (with a Josie and the Pussycats
spin-off clearly being set up; both Alex and Alexandra Cabot, mainstays of that series, appeared in a story about signing Josie to a record label), substantial attention was also focused on Jorge – and his difficulty finding success and acceptance in his alter-ego as a cross-dressing drag queen named “Ginger,” who was prominently featured in a musical number.
premieres in January 2020 on the CW.