As some of you may already know, Stranger Things’ Barb is coming to Riverdale. Well, not exactly Barb herself (I love Barb!!), but rather actress Shannon Purser, who is set to guest-star on The CW's dark take on Archie Comics.
Purser (who became a fan favorite on the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series) will be playing Riverdale High School student Ethel Muggs (known as Big Ethel before the '90s rolled in), a character who was created in 1962. Originally a tall, buck-toothed gangly girl with a massive crush on Jughead Jones (played by Cole Sprouse on the series), the character has changed over the years and is no longer the Jughead-crazed girl she originally was. Since most of the characters on the series are very loosely based on their Archie Comics counterparts, it stands to reason Purser's Ethel will also be a different take on who we know from the comics.
Shannon Purser will kick off her multiple-episodes arc on Riverdale with the third episode, titled "The Girl Who Cried Shotgun," and the character will probably have an integral part to play in Jughead's storyline. What we know from the official synopsis below is that Ethel will team up with Veronica (Camile Mendes) to try to expose some high school football players after an unsavory rumor starts to make the rounds at school. Check it out:
THE GIRL WHO CRIED SHOTGUN — After new information surrounding Jason’s death comes to light, Cheryl (Madelaine Petsch) finds herself under a cloud of suspicion and forced to come clean about the last time she saw her brother. Meanwhile, Archie (KJ Apa) makes a tough decision that puts a major strain on his relationship with Miss Grundy (guest star Sarah Habel).
Elsewhere, Betty (Lili Reinhart) decides to revive the school newspaper and asks for Jughead's (Cole Sprouse) help in investigating Jason's death, while Veronica (Camila Mendes) and Ethel (guest star Shannon Purser) work on exposing some of Riverdale High's football players after rumors of a "shame book" begin to circulate.
Finally, after getting grounded by his dad Fred (Luke Perry), Archie must figure out a way to make it to the Taste of Riverdale event where Josie (Ashleigh Murray) and the Pussycats will be performing a song he helped write.
Riverdale stars K.J. Apa, Cole Sprouse, Camila Mendes, Lili Reinhart, Madelaine Petsch, Ashleigh Murray, Casey Cott, Marisol Nichols, Luke Perry and Molly Ringwald. It will premiere on Jan. 29 at 9PM on The CW.
Are you looking forward to Riverdale? What do you think of Shannon Purser as Ethel Muggs? (She briefly pops up at the minute mark in the video below.)
(via Heroic Hollywood)