Riverdale, Paleyfest

All the ridiculous facts we learned from the Riverdale panel at PaleyFest

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Mar 28, 2018

The cast and crew of the CW’s Riverdale left their small town to head to the big city for PaleyFest at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday ready to spill the beans on what’s coming up this season. (Okay, not really, but we did find out some fun tidbits.)

It felt like everyone in Riverdale made the trip to PaleyFest. Mädchen Amick, Marisol Nichols, Skeet Ulrich, and Luke Perry were repping the parents while Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes, KJ Apa, Cole Sprouse, Ashleigh Murray, and Madelaine Petsch were on hand to talk about what the kids in Riverdale get up to. Executive producers Greg Berlanti and Jon Goldwater, as well as showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa were also on hand to answer fans' burning questions.

Once the panel started, no one on stage was spilling spoilers for what's coming up this season but we did glean a few ridiculous facts.

The cast of Riverdale likes to karaoke.

What’s a typical “day off” for the Riverdale cast? It involves Cole Sprouse belting out “Mr. Brightside” by The Killers at karaoke. Lili loves some Lady Gaga and Casey Cott sings "New York State of Mind." And they all love "that song from Shrek," which made me feel old to find out is "All Star" by Smash Mouth.

Sometimes the prop food for a scene goes missing... in people's stomachs.

When a fan asked whether or not the crew actually consumed all of those delicious milkshakes from Pop’s, KJ Apa revealed that he often finishes them before the scene even starts. And then his pop Luke Perry chimed in to say that at one point the pizza KJ and Cole were supposed to eat in a scene was consumed entirely in rehearsal. Oops.

Luke Perry said it’s possible to stay in high school forever.

If anyone knows what it takes to keep a high school drama going, it’s Luke Perry. A fan wondered if the team behind the show had considered if the kids of Riverdale will mysteriously stay in high school forever or will move on at some point. To which Luke Perry said: "You can stay in school a long time on TV." (Technically, on Beverly Hills 90210, they left high school in season 4 and none of the actors were ever the age of high schoolers when they were on the show anyway.)

The founder of Archie Comics would probably be "shocked" by Riverdale.

Executive producer Jon Goldwater's dad founded Archie Comics and when asked what his father would think of the show, he said he thinks he'd "be shocked" but also "thrilled" to see the comics brought to life. "Shocked" and "thrilled" is maybe the best way to sum up how we feel every week watching Riverdale on our television screens.

Mädchen Amick ships FP/Alice as hard as we do.

There are plenty of "ships" to board in the town of Riverdale. There's Bughead (Betty/Jughead), Archie/Veronica, Cheryl/Toni, Kevin/Moose, but honestly, over at Fangrrls, none get us more excited than FP and Alice. So we were delighted to hear at the panel that Amick loves "Falice" as much as we do. 

Riverdale airs Wednesdays on the CW.