Here’s what’s happening in the world of television for Wednesday, October 24. All times are Eastern.
Riverdale (The CW, 8 p.m.): Riverdale has its strengths and weaknesses. Strength: Audacity! Example: The River Vixens have designated mourning uniforms. Strength: Quips! Example: “Look, it’s the rich kids from The Goonies.” Weakness: Villains. A few have been memorable, sure, but even the best have had serious stumbles (some of that Black Hood stuff was a mess), and Chic just plain sucked. Last week’s addition to the cast may help to right that imbalance—or at least, the powers that be at Riverdale would like it to seem that way. The character in question is the impeccably named Evelyn Evernever, played by the equally well-monikered Zoe De Grand Maison, and she seems, to use a technical term, extra-e-level creeeeeepy.
“She is going to have some tension with Betty,” showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa told Seventeen recently. (Note: that interview contains information about the character’s role in the comics, which may or may note come into play here.) “And you definitely don’t know what her agenda is. As you’ll see, some bad things start happening and it always seems that Evelyn is kind of lurking in the background of them.” LaToya Ferguson is ready for the intense gazes and the cult stuff, so bring it on, Evelyn.
The Goldbergs (ABC, 8 p.m.): We’ll keep this Wild Card simple. Robert Englund is strapping on the ol’ knifey-hands for “Mister Knifey-Hands,” tonight’s installment of The Goldbergs. It marks the first time Englund has properly played one Freddy Krueger, noted fedora-wearer and guy most likely to murder people from inside their own dreams, since 2003. The Goldbergs has a knack for pop-culture references, regardless of the actors they sign on, but this particular get ranks right up there alongside the Rick Moranis appearance on the Spaceballs episode when it comes to nostalgia-fueled guest spots. Elm Street fans, set your DVRs.