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Pop culture obsessives writing for the pop culture obsessed.

The first thing to know about Riverdale, the Archie comics series from The CW, is that Archie is having an affair with Mrs. Grundy. That enough should be a good indicator of what Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and Greg Berlanti have done to these beloved characters, but now we have a trailer, and it’s confirmation that this show is going to be heavy on charged, brooding glances. Archie, played by K.J. Apa, is a bona fide hottie here, and, just so you know, “K.J. Apa shirtless” comes up as a recommended search on Google when typing in his name. Aside from shots that make that particular search redundant, the teaser sets up a murder mystery afoot in the titular town. There’s a body bag, bloody hands, and police tape. It all, frankly, looks pretty grim.

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Riverdale premieres January 26 on The CW.

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